June 9, 2020

Chris Kreider leads Rangers back on ice as MSG releases a statement

Kreider (Getty Images)

The Rangers practice facility in Tarrytown, NY opened today with several players taking part in on ice workouts. According to the NYPOST, Chris Kreider led a small group at the MSG Training Center in front of the watchful eyes of President, John Davidson and GM, Jeff Gorton.

Among the limited group of players participating in on-and-off ice workouts at MSG Training Center were Brendan Smith, Brendan Lemieux, Chris Kreider, Marc Staal, Adam Fox and Phillip Di Giuseppe. Rangers president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton were also seen entering the facility. Davidson entered the facility wearing a mask with a dog head on it, far different from the red, white and blue striped mask he wore for the Blueshirts as their goalie.

NYPOST

Artemi Panarin was expected to attend but is still awaiting results of his coronavirus test today. All signs point to him on the ice tomorrow. I have also reached out to Jacob Trouba and KO Sports to see if he will remain in Florida to train or make his way back to NY. No response has been given at this time.

MSG, Knicks, and Rangers Release Statement

MSG

MSG has released an official statement after emails from owner James Dolan leaked on why the company was planning not to do so. What seems to be lost is what Mr. Dolan was saying internally was likely more powerful than any cookie cutter statement. In his second email he wrote:

“Racism is born of ignorance and it’s up to each of us to understand that the person working beside you is your equal without regard to color, or any of the other qualities that make us diverse. And any injustice to one person is an injustice to everyone. This is how we at MSG fight racism. We start with ourselves, and through our actions, we define who we are.”

James Dolan

To be fair to MSG, and Mr. Dolan’s internal communications, the company practices what it preaches and continues to lead by example with its hiring practices, community and charity initiatives.

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