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New York Rangers players attend Giants home opener, team bonding begins

Frank Curto

With training camp set to begin later this week, the New York Rangers players attended the New York Giants home opener on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

There is one great thing about the New York Giants home opener on Sunday. It means New York Rangers training camp is right around the corner.

With players arriving in New York to begin camp, some of them took the short trip to East Rutherfurd to watch the G-Men take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey, Henrik Lundqvist, Neal Pionk, Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Smith, Steven Kampfer, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Ryan Spooner, Vladislov Namestinkov, Marc Staal, and Chris Kreider were among the 16 players who attended the New York Giants home opener.

The New York Rangers official twitter account wrote, “The Blueshirts were ready for some football today! #NYR.”

A great picture of all the players, with the Giants football field in the background, as they were in the stands. Plenty of smiles were on the player’s faces and why not? For the next week or two, the team will not face any of the pressures as a pro hockey player in New York.

This was what should be many moments of team bonding as their uphill battle to make the playoffs begins. The Rangers players know how the New York Giants feel as they also were coming off a poor season last year in which their team did not make the playoffs.

This is the first time all of these players have been together since the final game of the season in April, a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Giants lost the game 20-15, but the game served a greater purpose for the Rangers team. It was a time for some good laughs together as a team with the hope of a better result when they have their home opener on Oct. 3.

A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at Nyrfc12@gmail.com