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New York Ranger Legends Take To The Ice At Rye Playland

Mike Hartman signing autographs for kids in Rye.
Mike Hartman signing autographs for kids in Rye. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The New York Rangers delighted a crowd at the Playland Ice Casino.
The New York Rangers delighted a crowd at the Playland Ice Casino. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
There was a free family skate on the ice in Rye.
There was a free family skate on the ice in Rye. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Stephane Matteau was one of six New York Ranger greats to sign autographs before the game.
Stephane Matteau was one of six New York Ranger greats to sign autographs before the game. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino addressing the crowd before dropping the puck.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino addressing the crowd before dropping the puck. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The White team lined up before the game.
The White team lined up before the game. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Playland Ice Casino was a dream site for Ranger superfans.
The Playland Ice Casino was a dream site for Ranger superfans. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Goalie Steve Ketchabaw mucking up his crease.
Goalie Steve Ketchabaw mucking up his crease. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New York Ranger All-Stars listening to the national anthem before the game.
New York Ranger All-Stars listening to the national anthem before the game. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The New York Ranger alumni game saw a series of shots and scoring early on.
The New York Ranger alumni game saw a series of shots and scoring early on. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Forward Mike Richter getting ready for his shift.
Forward Mike Richter getting ready for his shift. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Two New York Ranger legends squaring off for the faceoff.
Two New York Ranger legends squaring off for the faceoff. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Adam Graves only missed a few shifts while amusing his teammates on the bench.
Adam Graves only missed a few shifts while amusing his teammates on the bench. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The White team catching its breath.
The White team catching its breath. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
There was a capacity crowd at the Ice Casino in Playland.
There was a capacity crowd at the Ice Casino in Playland. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Photo Credit: Zak Failla

RYE, N.Y. – On the same day that the NHL All-Stars showcased their skills in Columbus, some New York Ranger legends returned to their roots for a day of fun on the ice at Rye Playland.

It was a sea of Ranger red, white and blue at the Playland Ice Casino on Sunday, as sports fans got to rub elbows with some Stanley Cup champions for a charitable afternoon benefitting the New York Rangers Assist program, which is designed to improve youth hockey experience locally.

As part of the program, Rangers officials donated $25,000, as well as proceeds from the event, to help continue the restoration of the Ice Casino, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, the Rangers also sent several fan favorite players to host a “Try Hockey” clinic for kids, sign autographs during a free family skate session and participated in an alumni exhibition game alongside several county volunteers, teachers, parents and hockey coaches on the very ice the 1994 team practiced on.

Forward, not goalkeeper Mike Richter, joined teammates Adam Graves, Stephane Matteau, Alexi Kovalev, Glenn Anderson and Mike Hartman in Rye for the day, much to the delight of a capacity crowd.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who dropped a ceremonial first puck to the NHL legends before the game, noted that while the Ice Casino is functional and looks better than it did when it was sporting fish and sand on the ice following the storm, there are still countless strides that need to be taken to completely restore the facility.

“We’re happy to have the building back to where it was after Sandy devastated the roof,” he said. “We’re happy and proud to have some of the members of the 1994 team that practiced on this very ice back.”

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