The New York Rangers and USA Hockey are partnering up once again to offer kids ages 4-10 years old the opportunity to Try Hockey For Free. Beginner skaters and players are encouraged to Go Skate! by signing up for one of our many sessions around the Tri-State area. Free rental skates, loaner equipment, and instruction will be provided to each participant as well as an exclusive New York Rangers hockey stick souvenir.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to skate and learn from a New York Rangers alumni! The program kicks off on October 4th at Hommocks Ice Rink and will continue to host events at other partner locations through the end of November.
During the 2013-2014 season, the New York Rangers introduced 2500 kids to the sport of hockey throughout 12 events. This year, the Rangers hope to reach another 3000 kids through the program events held at NY Rangers partner rinks.
Blueshirts alumni, Adam Graves, who has been involved in the program since it’s inception said, “For me, every kid deserves the chance to put a stick in their hand and play. Once they do that they never want to stop and they learn how much fun this game truly is. For the New York Rangers and me, it’s all about encouraging kids to experience the excitement of hockey.”
In addition to hockey lessons, the Rangers will also host sled hockey lessons at select locations in partnership with the Wheelchair Sports Foundation’s NY Sled Rangers players and coaches. Sled Hockey was created in the early 1960’s in Stockholm, Sweden and was introduced as a Paralympic sport during the Lilliehammer Games in 1994.
To sign up for Try Hockey for Free please visit www.newyorkrangers.com/tryhockeyforfree.