Special Event to Take Place Saturday, February 25th at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, will once again host a special “Try Hockey for Free Program” on Saturday morning, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at its state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Avenue, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Residents can register their child by going to the New York Rangers’ website location for the program at nyrangers.com/tryhockeyforfree.

“Youngsters, 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 give 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 youngsters of all economic backgrounds, 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 bond was created over the years, the Town’s top flight facilities and its outstanding youth ice hockey program, is well known for making the sport accessible to participants of all economic backgrounds,” Supervisor Saladino said. “As a direct result of this relationship, special programs like “Try Hockey For Free” are offered here in the Town. The end result is a rare opportunity for participating youngsters to experience the game while sharing the ice with New York Rangers Alumni and members of the New York Rangers Development Team.”

“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.”

The Town of Oyster Bay offers many outstanding programs and events at its Ice Skating Center. “But this event is certainly high on the list in terms of overall excitement,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The New York Rangers have such a huge fan base and an incredible history. It’s quite an honor that their organization has connected with the Town to bring these types of events to our Town residents.” In addition, time will be set aside for photo opportunities and autographs. “I know that hockey enthusiasts will truly enjoy this special morning Supervisor Saladino said. “It’s an event that is sure to create lasting memories for the entire family.”