Let’s Go, Rangers!

Fairfield County is not exactly pro sports territory. Our biggest teams are the decidedly minor league Bridgeport Bluefish and Sound Tigers.*

But for 2 hours this afternoon, Westport welcomed the New York Rangers.

Well, 2 Rangers anyway: Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan. They’re captain and alternate captain of our closest professional ice hockey team.

The players are at the Chase Bank branch on Main Street, as part of a Rangers program to increase opportunities and accessibility to youth hockey. They’re collecting donated equipment, to outfit local skaters in need.

They’re also signing autographs, and distributing tickets for a Rangers alumni game in Norwalk.

Okay, McDonagh and Stepan are not exactly Wayne Gretzky. Or even Rod Gilbert.

But for a couple of hours today, downtown Westport looks a little bit like Madison Square Garden.

A very little bit.

(Photo/JP Vellotti)

(Photo/JP Vellotti)

*If you know what a “Sound Tiger” is, please tell us.

6 responses to “Let’s Go, Rangers!

  1. The Sound Tigers are the AHL hockey team affiliated with the Islanders.

  2. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    No relation to the above. Happily.

  3. This is a pre-cursor to the Big event on Feb 15 at Sono Ice House. There will be current Rangers and Ranger Alumni in attendance. Tickets will eb available soon. Please follow at http://www.hockeyinnorwalk.com.

  4. Having the current Captain and Alt Captain of the Rangers right here in Westport to meet and sign autographs was a HUGE thing in my family’s world, big Rangers fans and my youngest daughter (#1 Rangers fan) got to meet the sports gods of her universe. For her, better than meeting hot Rod Gilbert. Even though this wasn’t heavily publicized, there was a heavy turnout and I understand they collected a fair amount of gear, including our donation (we always have extra or outgrown hockey gear in the closet).

    Pretty cool opportunity right here on Main Street

  5. Kim Crowther Manning

    Agree with Jack! In my book, and my son’s book, Mac and Step are as big, if not bigger, than Gretzky! They were as nice as can be, and we were both honored to meet them and have my son’s stick signed by his two favorite sports figures on earth (while doing something charitable by donating our old gear, stinky and gross as it was 😜). GO RANGERS!