The New York Rangers hosted the 4th annual Hockey Weekend in NY from February 19th – 22nd and featured alumni appearances and events across the tri-state area. The weekend kicked off on Thursday the 19th with a cross-ice jamboree at Madison Square Garden for youth hockey players. Over 100 kids ages 10 and under took to The Garden ice for two hours before the game that evening. Joining them on the ice were alumni Brian Mullen, Glenn Anderson, and Adam Graves. Rangers alum Glenn Anderson stated, “It is just great to see this especially at Madison Square Garden, the kids are just having a blast.”
On Saturday, over 3,000 fans took the ice at 11 rinks across the tri-state area for free public skating sessions. Each rink featured a NY Rangers alumni who participated in the public skate and signed autographs for participants. Wollman Rink in Central Park was the marquee event and hosted 4 Try Hockey For Free sessions in addition to offering 4 hours of public skating throughout the afternoon. As the snow started to fall, fans did not shy away from joining Rangers greats, Adam Graves, Rod Gilbert, Eddie Giacomin, Eddie Johnstone, and Ron Duguay on the ice.
Hockey Weekend in NY finished the celebration with Youth Hockey Night at Madison Square Garden when the NY Rangers played the Columbus Blue Jackets. The night was a celebration of all things youth hockey and featured in game elements such as 6 youth hockey players lining up on the blueline with the NY Rangers starters for the national anthem, a Little Rangers game during the 1st intermission, the Emile Francis Award ceremony, and concourse activations such as face painting and a “Make Your Own Hockey Card” station. Adam Graves said, “Hockey Weekend in New York is something we look forward to every year. Everyone is out here having a great time, and this is in essence what the game is all about.”