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For young Rangers fan, one suite birthday at MSG

N.Y. Rangers center Derek Stepan greets Kidsday reporter

N.Y. Rangers center Derek Stepan greets Kidsday reporter Lia McNally. Photo Credit: McNally family

On my 12th birthday I received the best gift ever. You see, I am a huge Rangers fan. I have been to many games, I have even met Mike Richter, the goalie of the 1994 Stanley Cup winning team. But nothing could compare to the day I went to the Rangers game in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6, 2015. For my birthday, my father was able to get me tickets to sit behind the visiting team’s bench and enjoy being in the Delta Suite during the game. The suite was amazing, there was great food and our seats were awesome.

The players actually walked right through the suite from the training room to the locker room. I was definitely star-struck. I met Rangers’ great Rod Gilbert while he was enjoying the game in the suite. The game was against the Dallas Stars and the Rangers weren’t playing their best. Between the first and second period, my dad and I went down to the tunnel where the players come off the ice and my dad asked one of the security guards if it would be possible for me to stand right where the players got off the ice so I could give them high-fives.

To my surprise the security guard said absolutely! Then another security guard came and lifted a rope so we could get even closer. I thought I might pass out from the excitement. As each of the players came off the ice they either gave me a fist bump or a high-five or just a nod. Even though the Rangers didn’t win the game. It was absolutely one of the best and most memorable moments and birthdays of my life.


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