The New York Rangers players took the ice for the first time as informal workouts began at the team’s practice facility Tuesday.

It’s September, which means New York Rangers hockey has officially returned.

Players hit the ice at the club’s practice facility for the first time as a team. The skate was unofficial as training camp doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 12.

For the first time this season, fans were able to witness, thanks to the team’s Twitter account, the biggest signing of the summer. Artemi Panarin, donned a Rangers jersey along with the other big attractions that make up the team.

Jacob Trouba, Brady Skjei, along with Pavel Buchnevich, Vitali Kravtsov and Chris Kreider were all seen chatting in between shifts on Tuesday.

The Rangers had an incredible summer while assembling the 2019-2020 team. For the past few months, there has been plenty written about what the team can accomplish, but today was the first time fans were able to see a portion of what many believe will be a successful campaign.

Panarin even took the time to wave to the camera as he was getting a feel for his new teammates.

With just 30 days until opening night, the coaching staff has plenty of work and some tough decisions ahead. For now, it was good just to see the boys back in uniform and on the ice in this informal workout.

The teams first preseason game is on Sept. 18, only six days following the beginning of camp, so these workouts will continue to help the team ease back into game shape.

The Rangers prospects will begin the preseason with the Traverse City Tournament in Michigan on Friday.

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