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The Rangers will become the first NHL team to host a women’s hockey game.

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers announced that they will be hosting a Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) at Madison Square Garden for the first time ever.

The Rangers will be partnering with the PWHPA and Bauer to become the first NHL team in history to accomplish such a feat.

A 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour game will be hosted at the “world’s most famous arena” on Feb. 28th at 7:00 p.m., barring any COVID-19-related postponements or cancellations.

Rangers president John Davidson said, “The talent level of women’s hockey is simply incredible, and the Rangers organization is honored to host this game. We’re excited to play even a small role in helping elevate visibility for the women’s game”.

Jayna Hefford, the PHWPA operations consultant, said, “This is a major milestone for women’s hockey and young girls who aspire to play professional hockey but don’t have the option to make it a career today”.

She noted that “NHL teams are uniquely positioned to elevate women’s hockey to the next level. They bring major brand strength, corporate relationships and access to a fan base”.

This is a major milestone in the advancement and promotion of women’s hockey. The PWHPA was created to advance equity, opportunity, and equality in women’s professional hockey. This tour is important in helping market women’s hockey.

The fact that such a milestone will be achieved in the city of New York and at such a venue as MSG is a significant added bonus.

The goal is for other NHL teams to follow suit and play their part in ensuring their female counterparts gain the exposure they deserve and have access to top-tier resources.

Bravo to the Rangers for taking this step and making such a commendable move.

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.