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Rangers Diary: Michael Del Zotto considers his teammates family

Michael Del Zotto

Michael Del Zotto Credit: MSG Photos

Does living in the City for two years qualify me as a New Yorker?

A visit to the Empire State Building, check.

Statue of Liberty, check.

Concert at Yankee Stadium, check. (The Jay-Z/Eminem show was actually was my first concert ever, believe it or not!)

Central Park, check.

Broadway show, check.

A trip to Radio City to see the Christmas Spectacular — OK, I can’t check it off my list yet. But it’s on my calendar for December. I’m going to take a few kids from Garden of Dreams Foundation, a pretty amazing charity that I’ve been able to work with since starting last season.

The team is definitely coming together this year. It has been a lot of fun getting to know the new guys and hanging out with my teammates. Neither Boyler (Brian Boyle), Emmy (Steve Eminger), Prusty (Brandon Prust), Staalsie (Marc Staal) or I have relatives in New York, so we consider ourselves family. We all live pretty close to each other, so we can carpool and easily get together when we have some downtime.

It has become somewhat of a tradition for us to go out for dinner the nights before home games: sushi at Nobu, penne at Lavo, Lil Big Mac’s at STK ... always a good time. 

This Friday, a few teammates and I are going to be unveiling the Rangers brand-new 85th anniversary jersey. The team will be hosting a special ceremony with a few alumni at Rockefeller Center, where fans can check out the new look and skate at the rink with us. It’s always great to be able to meet and interact with Rangers faithful.

Michael Del Zotto, 20, is a Rangers defenseman.

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