There was no Rangers home game on Sunday, Oct. 25, but for Rangers Season Subscribers, The Garden was just the place to be.
More than 2,000 subscribers turned out for the 10th annual New York Rangers Season Subscriber Skating Party, as they participated in a day filled with fun and excitement both on and off the ice.
|Former Ranger Nick Fotiu signs an autograph for a young fan at the 10th annual Rangers Season Subscriber Skating Party on Sunday at The Garden. |
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From the moment the Subscribers arrived, they got the chance to show their Blueshirt pride by partaking in activities in the Mall area, including the Fan Studio, photo cut outs, and face painting. The face painting was a huge hit, as the Subscribers were eager to sport Rangers logos on their cheeks.
The excitement didn’t stop there. After getting their fill of activities, they began to line up for one of 11 skating sessions on The Garden Ice. The Subscribers entered the arena with big smiles and a quick pace, knowing that they were being given the rare opportunity to skate on the same ice as their favorite NHL team.
As soon as the Subscribers hit the ice, they sensed their connection to the many great moments and victories that took place right where they were skating. They were also joined by Rangers alumni Nick Fotiu, Brian Mullen, and Steve Vickers, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with Subscribers throughout the day. There were also opportunities to pose for pictures with Mark Messier’s Retirement Banner and the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship Banner.
After approximately 45 minutes on the ice, Subscribers received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rangers Locker Room, a location that is normally off-limits to fans. The Subscribers saw the numerous photos from Rangers history that line the wall outside the locker room, and on their way out, they got what might have been the biggest surprise of all: a visit with Adam Graves. Graves stood outside the locker room for the whole day signing autographs, chatting with Subscribers, and taking pictures in front of his No. 9 banner.
Those who took part in the 10th annual New York Rangers Season Subscriber Skating Party went home with memories that will last a lifetime. The Rangers were honored to give back to the people who have continuously shown their passion and commitment to this team by enabling them to see the arena from the player’s perspective, and to sense all the history that is part of The Garden ice.