The New York Rangers — yes, the professional hockey team — holds its Youth Hockey Camp at its training center in Westchester County, but come the summer a satellite version will also be available on Long Island at the Long Beach Arena.
If words of encouragement to send your kids is required, a name familiar to Rangers fans (and hockey fans in general) has an opinion on the subject.
“Campers will enjoy an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” says Adam Graves, who played with the Rangers 10 years (1991-2001, including on the 1994 Stanley Cup champion team) and is a current spokesman for the organization.
“I never forget the days of going to hockey camp and being an instructor at camp as well,” says Graves. “These campers will get to create positive memories on and off the ice while meeting other kids and families. I look back on my time in camp fondly and think these campers will too.”
The camp will be held Aug. 6 to 10 and 13 to 17. Each session costs $625.
Open to players ages 6 to 14, participants will receive age-specific instruction. Coaches will include alumni (who are yet to be announced, but Graves is expected). Training will take place both on and off the ice, so attendees should come with all required gear (such as helmets, pads, gloves, stick). Participants should also already have some basic experience at stick handling and skating. Parents are welcome to stay during camps if desired.
“Our goal is to grow and educate the next generation of hockey players and provide them with the skills to succeed as a player and teammate both on and off the ice,” says Graves.
The Long Beach Arena is located at 150 W Bay Dr., Long Beach. Register at the Rangers Youth Hockey Camp site. For information, call 212-465-6000.