The NHLPA e-mailed me about its Goals and Dreams world tour to celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary. Former players will donate $180,00 worth of hockey equipment to grassroots hockey programs in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia, Germany, the U.S. and Canada starting Friday.
Those who will make the entire 10-day trek across the globe are Rob Zamuner and P.J. Stock, ambassadors for Goals and Dreams, and Devin Smith and Matt Langen, who oversee the program for the NHLPA. Also participating: Pavel Bure, Adam Graves, Arturs Irbe, Jyrki Lumme, Jaroslav Modry, Markus Naslund, Martin Rucinsky, Martin Straka, Esa Tikkanen, John Vanbiesbrouck and Kevin Weekes.
I guess the reason this caught my eye is the number of ex-Rangers involved (including Devin Smith, who was around the Rangers as a young man when his father, Ron, was an assistant coach, then the team’s minor-league coach, and ultimately the interim coach between Roger Neilson and Mike Keenan).
It’s no coincidence that guys who come through the Rangers organization do things like this. For all the whining and complaining we all do about the on-ice team, the Rangers have long been the model franchise for off-ice good deeds, not just among hockey teams but among all sports teams at any level.
Also, in another belated bit of housekeeping, I forgot to tell you that NYRangerscast.com has an interview with Rangers’ first-rounder Chris Kreider. Click on this link: You can hear it here.
I’ll see youse later.