The New York Rangers are back in action…except this time, it’s not all on the ice.
It looks like the New York Rangers can tear up any surface they take on.
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and collected two assists, albeit in a charity soccer game in Norway. Zucc looks like a really good soccer player, but thankfully for the Rangers he chose hockey instead.
MUST ?: ZUCCARELL⚽️ finds the back of the net and adds a couple assists in the Norway Celebrity Game! ?? pic.twitter.com/lne1uTATEk
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 4, 2017
Team USA hockey announced that former Rangers forward Tony Granato will coach the Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Pyeonchang, South Korea in 2018. The former Ranger currently coaches at Wisconsin, and has previously coached the Colorado Avalanche. ESNY’s own Frank Curto covered the announcement in detail.
Shifting focus to international hockey, Rangers first-round pick Lias Anderson has continued to dominate at the World Junior Summer Showcase. The young forward scored a goal in Sweden’s 7-4 loss to Canada, giving him three goals and an assist in four games.
Anderson’s impressive performance is a great sign, as there are hopes he will be able to contribute to the Rangers this season. He’ll be competing for a job as a center in training camp for the Rangers, and his performance in this tournament should boost his confidence going into camp.
Superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist did a Q&A with Monkey Sports on Instagram. He posted the answers to his blog. He spoke on the challenges he faced, what motivates him to keep playing and how his family, specifically twin brother Joel, have affected his career.
And what would the Blueshirt Beat be without a little trade talk, right?
So that’s all for the Blueshirt Beat today! remember to stay tuned to ESNY for all the latest Rangers news.