Each year, the New York Rangers throws a benefit for the Garden of Dreams Foundation which allows the players and fans to interact in a mock casino setting. All of the proceeds go to the Garden of Dreams, so the steep price tag goes for a great cause. After buying the ticket as a generous birthday gift to myself, I only hoped it would live up to my expectations. Fun fact: it did.
A lot of the experience is exactly what you’d expect – upon arrival, you’re handed a cup with a voucher for chips, introduced to items for auction, introduced to the team, introduced to the bar, and sent off on your own way. You’re given the option to mingle with the team, alumni, NYR staff, and MSG staff, as well as fellow fans. The players set up at table games – some dealing, some playing – and are extremely approachable for photos and conversation.
Since it would be unfair to give you a detailed minute by minute breakdown of the night – things do get hazy when you’re drinking wine — instead I’ll just give out random awards to pieces of the night with some wonderful iphone photography sprinkled in.
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This came to me via email this afternoon. I thought you guys would be interested as we head into the Olympic break. Sunday February 9 will be dedicated to Henrik Lundqvist, and MSG will seven and a half hours of hockey televised honoring Hank. The press release is below:
New York, NY (February 6, 2014) – MSG Network will send Rangers fans into the NHL’s Olympic break with “King For A Day,” a special lineup of programming dedicated to Rangers All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday, February 9 starting at 3:30 p.m.
In addition to MSG Original programs featuring Lundqvist, the “King For A Day” schedule will include 60-minute versions of the Swedish Olympic goaltender’s five favorite games from his Rangers career on MSG. The games include Lundqvist’s first game in a Rangers’ sweater (Rangers vs. Devils – 10/13/05), the final game of the 2012 season sweep of the Flyers to earn the top spot in the East (Rangers vs. Flyers – 4/3/12), a matchup against his twin brother Joel (Rangers vs. Dallas – 12/14/06) and his back-to-back shutouts in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals that clinched the series (Rangers vs. Capitals: Game 6 – 5/12/13 and Rangers vs. Capitals: Game 7 – 5/13/13).
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This was again sent to me by our friends with the Rangers. Adam Graves’ episode of Beginnings will air tonight after the game. Apparently he likes to play Frogger. I can give him a run for his money there. The release is below:
Tonight at 10:30pm, immediately following coverage of the Rangers-Islanders game, Rangers legend Adam Graves takes MSG Network back to his hometown of Toronto on the original series “Beginnings.” In the episode, Graves and his mom Lynda visit the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maple Leaf Gardens, which was turned into a grocery store and hockey center when the Leafs left in 1999. They also take a trip back to the house that he grew up in, which he hadn’t been to in 28 years.
“Growing up in Toronto, I think I was like a regular kid, like everyone else. I enjoyed skateboarding, and back in the day that was when Atari first came out and I remember ‘Frogger’ and all those different games that people had, so we used to play that with our buddies all the time. When I was at school I enjoyed playing football and soccer, track and field, I did some running, I mean, pretty much anything athletic or anything physical I was involved in, but hockey was my number one passion, without question.”
All-new episodes of “Beginnings” continue in February and March as former Ranger Nick Fotiu heads back to Staten Island on Tuesday, February 4 at 10:30pm and current Ranger Derick Brassard visits his hometown of Hull in Gatineau, Quebec on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30pm.
This one comes courtesy of Jess (great fan, give her a follow). That’s me in the Winter Classic jersey, and Becky right next to me.
The folks at MSG were kind enough to remind me that the the newest episode of Beginnings, featuring defenseman John Moore, will air tonight following the game against Columbus. There’s some video up at MSG.com now, and there will be more videos added around 3pm this afternoon. Check after the jump for the full notice.
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Kudos to Joe Girardi and Dan Girardi for this one. Definitely worth the watch:
In case you missed it, MSG is going to honor Sam Rosen and his 30 years behind the microphone as the Rangers play by play announcer on Friday, January 31. The special will air at 10:30pm, right after the Rangers/Islanders game that night.
I posted the press release after the jump. Check it out.
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The BSB Friday live chat returns today to torpedo your productivity at work. Join us at 1pm, where we will be talking all things Rangers; Rick Nash’s imminent return, JT Miller’s ice time (or lack thereof), the emergence of Chris Kreider, anything you want. See everyone this afternoon!
Been kind of a crazy weekend around here at BSB, so unfortunately we won’t have a new post up until the game tonight. Feel free to use this as your open thread for your Saturday meanderings. The Jets and ‘Hawks are on at 3pm, and there is plenty of Premier League soccer over on NBCSN. You can vent on the general classlessness of the Flyers organization or the absolutely disgraceful conduct of Ray Emery last night. Just keep it civil. Enjoy!
I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary copy of DobberHockey’s Fantasy Hockey Guide (available for purchase here), and these guys did a tremendous job putting it together. If you are big into Fantasy Hockey, the guide takes an in-depth look at who to draft for your league. They look at puck possession metrics, PDO (puck luck), zone starts, and quality of competition to accurately predict who will have big years, and who will be sleeper picks for this season. They also look into toughness of the schedule for each team, which is a factor in picking your goaltenders (back to back games, etc).
It’s pretty cheap ($9.99) and is available in PDF format. With our BSB draft coming up next week, I’ll be reading through this to get my advantage.