by Jeff Toback
From the Mama Maven Sports Desk
New York Rangers legends hit the ice at Rockefeller Center on a pleasantly warm February night with their sights on winning one for kids whom life is not just a game.
The 23rd Annual New York Rangers “Skate with the Greats” featured legends from the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team Brian Leetch, who also won the MVP award, forward Stephane Matteau and 50-goal-scorer (and all-around good guy) Adam Graves. They were joined by Ranger alumni Rod Gilbert, Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu, Ron Duguay, Brian Mullen, Steve Vickers, Pete Stemkowski, Gilles Villemure and others. Many of these players joined the event attendees on the Rockefeller Center ice as well.
The event benefits The Ronald McDonald House New York, which provides a home-away-from-home for children battling cancer, and their family members who travel with them from across the United States and 49 other countries. It’s through the help of supporters throughout the Tri-State area that the House has been able to provide this haven for more than thirty-five years. The Rangers participation is made possible through a partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with the Rangers and all areas of Madison Square Garden to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Since its inception in 1994, the Skate with the Greats event has raised more than $9 million that has gone toward underwriting the cost of maintaining house operations. This year’s lead sponsor is RBC Capital Markets, an organization that has been a supporter of RMH-NY for more than nine years.
Proceeds from this event were raised through live and silent auctions that featured merchandise from current New York Rangers, as well as athletes from other major sports, entertainers and more.
Speakers included Ron Duguay and Pete Stemkowski who emceed the event, Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert from the New York Rangers, as well as Ronald McDonald House New York President and CEO Ruth C. Browne.
If you would like to support Ronald McDonald House New York, contact:
Check out our post last year about Visiting the Ronald McDonald House.
We were not compensated for attending this event, but we were happy to donate our time and a blog post.