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A summer of fun for New York Rangers players, past and present

While JD and Jeff Gorton have been busy assembling the New York Rangers, some of the Blueshirts, past and present, have already had a busy summer. 

Frank Curto

With John Davidson and Jeff Gorton getting the New York Rangers primed for a potential playoff run, some of the players have been traveling the world and enjoying the offseason.

The NHL season is a long grind consisting of 82 games with cross-country travel. Regardless of the success or failures of the season, players get injured and flat-out tired by season’s end. Players need to step away from the ice and find ways to recharge.

This season is no exception, as the boys are out and about.

Where in the world are the New York Rangers

Let’s start off with the King himself, Henrik Lundqvist. An avid tennis fan, the Rangers goaltender visited the All England and Tennis Club. The Wimbledon grand slam tennis event is underway in England and Henrik made his annual trip to catch some of the action.

Lundqvist posted on his Instagram account on Monday that he had flown back to his home Sweden after a weekend trip.


Welcome to the family Connor Shattenkirk

The Rangers welcomed their newest member to the franchise, Connor Shattenkirk. Kevin Shattenkirk and his wife Deanna celebrated the birth of their son on July 2.


The Rangers posted a picture of Shatty holding his newborn son already dressed in the club’s red, white and blue colors. Congratulations to Kevin and Deanna.

Da Beauty

Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei will once again partake in the Da Beauty League this offseason.

Skjei, along with former Rangers Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, will participate in the summer league that caters more towards fan interaction and training than it does playing the game itself.

Da Beauty League was established in the Fall of 2015 by local business people in an effort to bring professional hockey to Minnesota on a year-round basis. The Da Beauty League centers itself around bringing fans fast-paced professional hockey in a casual, family environment.

For the players, the Da Beauty League serves as a training ground for them as they prepare for their upcoming season. The games are played at the Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota, over the summer months of July and August.

The core four of '94 Meet and Greet

Four of the best players to ever put on the Rangers sweater held a meet-and-greet at iPlay America in New Jersey on June 30.

The legends, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Adam Graves, were all together on the same stage to discuss the incredible run that resulted in a Stanley Cup championship in 1994.

The boys held a Q&A after an autograph session. As always, the four drew fans from all over the area, all interested in seeing their heroes as they met the fans.

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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