The Rangers Youth Hockey Camp kicks off in a little over a month and youth hockey players from all over the world will be in attendance! Yes, in addition to kids from the tri-state area, we will also be joined by youth players from across the U.S.A as well as from Germany, Sweden, China, Austria, Mexico, Spain, France, and Finland! From the moment the campers arrive on their first day, they will experience top-level training from the hockey development staff that will not only help them develop skills on the ice, but also help build leadership and teamwork skills that will translate off the ice too. Susan Moley, who has had two children attend camp said, “Both my son and daughter have attended the New York Ranger camp the last two summers. They loved it so much, it is the only camp the repeatedly ask to go to again and again. They said it was the experience of a lifetime!”
Here is what your youth hockey player can expect to experience during their week at the New York Rangers Youth Hockey Camp.
Campers and parents will arrive Monday AM for check-in and orientation. Here campers will be divided into their respective age groups, and you will meet the coaches and staff that will be working with the players all week long. During this time, parents are encouraged to ask questions and be engaged. Campers can get excited about the week ahead!
Once orientation is complete, parents will depart and campers will dive in head first to the weeks activities. Each group is guaranteed a minimum of two hours of on ice training each day at summer camp. The ice times are usually broken up to twice a day. On the ice, kids will be divided up by skill level and will go through stick and puck handling drills, skating skill challenges, and scrimmages to help develop their talent to its highest potential.
Campers will receive off-ice training as well in multiple forms. Campers will gather daily in Kumon’s Classroom and be educated on everything from age appropriate fitness activities, nutrition, leadership skills, and the importance of rest. In addition to Kumon’s Classroom, campers will also have other off-ice training and activities.
Recreational time is provided to each group on a daily basis. During recreational time, campers will go through multiple team building activities that have an emphasis on trust. In addition to trust activities, campers will play other sports such as wiffle-ball to encourage multi-sport participation and provide fun activities that encourage physical fitness. Hockey focused off-ice training will also be provided on a daily basis. Campers will go through dry land skill training as well as strength and conditioning exercises.
In addition to the daily activities that campers will experience, each week a current New York Ranger player and multiple Rangers Alumni will stop by to help campers train both on and off the ice. On these days, campers will get to interact with the players and alumni in a small group setting and each child will have the opportunity to receive an autograph. New York Rangers legend, Adam Graves, has been appearing at camp each year since it began. He says of the program, “The New York Ranger summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for young hockey players to learn about the game of hockey in a fun, & memorable way! Reinforcing the importance of sportsmanship, preparation, teamwork, and respect!”
Towards the end of the final day of camp, parents are invited back to the MSG Training Center to watch the scrimmages amongst the groups and for the awards ceremony. Here, campers are given photos of their group and a certificate of achievement to commemorate all their hard work during the week. In addition, awards are also given out for leadership qualities and for hard work. No matter the case, one thing that can always be expected throughout the week is that the campers who attend create memories and friendships that last a lifetime.
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