(photo: Natalie Condrillo for The Pink Puck)
This playoff season, the New York Rangers organization decided to do something different to connect with fans. The RangersTown Hockey House at Madison Square Garden debuted specially for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Located in midtown on the tiny island that is Manhattan, Ranger fans from all over the city celebrate their pride together and get excited for the games that lie ahead. Special events, games, memorabilia, and alumni appearances are all inside. Best of all, the Hockey House activities are free of charge.
I’ve personally been to the Hockey House a few times during the post-season, and so far I’m really impressed. I always have a good time interacting with my fellow Blueshirts fans and taking in the excitement. Rangers alumni Eddie Giacomin, Vic Hadfield, Ron Greschner, and Brian Mullen made appearances today to interact with fans. I was lucky enough to meet two 1994 Stanley Cup Champions alumni, Adam Graves and Jeff Beukeboom. Both were extremely friendly and gave me autographed pictures. Both were also nice enough to give me an extra one to give to my brother.
Tons of free merchandise is also being given to fans. New York Rangers t-shirts, water bottles, flyers, playoff towels, and much more! Trivia contests were also being held for a chance to win tickets to a game.
A small, museum-like section of the Hockey House has historical memorabilia on display as well. Legendary game-worn jerseys, skates, socks, sticks and gloves were shown. Newspapers from 1994 were also on display. Interestingly, Wayne Gretzky’s first ever pair of skates were at the exhibit. The plaque explained how he started skating at the age of three, and little did anyone know at the time, Gretzky would become the greatest NHL player in history.
I strongly encourage all New York Rangers fans to come out to the Hockey House! Meet a legend, come for the free stuff, games and music, or even win a chance to win playoff tickets.