SARATOGA SPRINGS – Youth hockey is in full swing here in Saratoga Springs, as players enter and exit the Weibel Avenue rink on Saturday morning. The sound of sticks crashing and pucks hitting the back of the net echoes throughout the rink. The colors of white and blue cross the ice as the young skaters warm up.
Another session of Junior Rangers Youth Hockey is underway and today players will be able to interact and learn from Rangers Alumni, Brian Mullen. It’s one thing to watch a professional hockey game, but having the chance to work 1 on 1 and in a group with a former professional hockey player is an incredible experience.
The Junior Rangers program was created by Saratoga Youth Hockey, a nonprofit and volunteer organization, to get more kids to skate and get involved in the next level of play. By partnering with the New York Rangers , children receive vocational training alongside Ranger staff and can even meet former Ranger students. The program spans 10 weeks, during which your child will learn the basic skills of skating, stick handling, passing and shooting. The number of apprentice skaters over the past two years has continued to grow at a steady rate, making Junior Rangers essential for skaters looking to get into hockey after learning to skate. It’s also the perfect place to start if you have a daughter who wants to try out hockey. Saratoga Youth Hockey President Rodney Eddy said the number of girls entering the program continues to grow each year and the goal is to form as many female teams as possible.
Often times, parents can feel overwhelmed when they want to buy equipment and skates for their child to start playing hockey. Saratoga Youth Hockey wanted to make getting the right equipment as easy as possible, so they partnered up with Pure Hockey to help parents. When you pay the $ 250 entry fee, that includes a whole new set of head-to-toe CCM hockey equipment that is personalized, ordered and shipped to your door by Pure Hockey. Jerseys and gear alone will make your child feel like a New York Rangers.
Safety continues to be a top priority for Saratoga Youth Hockey, as they continue to follow all protocols developed by the “Intent to Play” committee, which was established in the spring of 2020 to ensure the safety of all players, parents and children. coaches. This way all children can always play with as little risk as possible.
The next 10 week session begins January 8 and registrations are ongoing at this time.