Saladino Announces Try Hockey for Free Program

Saladino Announces Try Hockey for Free Program

Special Event to Take Place Sunday, October 22nd at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage

Bethpage, NY – Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announces that the Town, in partnership with the New York Rangers, will host a special “Try Hockey for Free Program” on Sunday, October 22nd, from 8 am to 12 pm, at its state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Avenue.  The event allows youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey.  Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 am to 9 am, 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am and 11 am to 12 pm.  Residents can register their child by visiting the New York Rangers website at

New York Ranger’s Legends Rod Gilbert and Ron Duguay will be on hand to the support the event and will also promote the New York Rangers’ Alumni Benefit game to be held at the rink on Friday, November 3rd. Tickets will be available at the door for the benefit game, which will include many well-known Rangers’ alumni and help support the Town’s popular youth hockey program.

“Children, under the watchful eye of New York Rangers Hockey Development Team and Town of Oyster Bay instructors, will be provided with equipment to participate in a free clinic, introducing them to the exciting sport of ice hockey,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The session will also provide parents the opportunity to assess if the sport of ice hockey is a good fit for their youngster, without making an initial financial commitment.” As part of the program, participants will have an opportunity to meet New York Rangers’ alumni.

The “Try Hockey for Free” program is part of a nationwide effort by USA Hockey to provide children an opportunity to play hockey.  Supervisor Saladino said the New York Rangers have forged a special relationship with the Town of Oyster Bay, making them a premier partner for its special outreach projects and programs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get the chance to play the greatest game on Earth,” said Rangers legend Adam Graves.  “These are kids that might not otherwise be able to experience the game of hockey.  They are sure to love it and hopefully this ignites a lifelong passion for the sport.”