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A Six-Year Media Rights Partnership Between the NHL and MLBAM is Announced

August 4th, 2015 at 3:52 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership today. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement of the “transformational” six-year agreement at NHL headquarters.

“Were not turning hockey into baseball and baseball into hockey,” said Commissioner Bettman in a conference call on Tuesday.

Both Bettman and Manfred reiterated how difficult an agreement like this is to make, but they know the joint agreement will better serve their fans in more platforms.

Per the NHL, the partnership will transform the fan experience by creating a fully integrated global hub of digital content that encompasses video, live game streaming, social media, fantasy, apps, along with statistical and analytical content. With an emphasis on deeper access into the game and telling the stories of NHL players, MLBAM and the NHL will collaborate on developing new digital products and platforms while enhancing current offerings.

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Two Former Rangers to Be Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

August 4th, 2015 at 4:25 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Former New York Rangers captain Chris Drury and defenseman Mathieu Schneider became the 19th and 20th members of the team to be inducted into to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced Monday.

Drury and Schneider, will be inducted along with Angela Ruggiero and Ron DeGregorio in the 43rd U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony, which will be held in Boston on December 17.

Drury said Monday that he was "honored and humbled" by his selection into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He played four years with the Rangers starting from the 2007-08 season. He was named captain of the Rangers on October 3, 2008 and held that title for the final three seasons of his 12-year NHL career.

"USA Hockey has always meant the world to me and my family coming from a small hockey area back then in Trumbull, Conn.," Drury said. "To have two brothers combine for five Olympic teams and a number of World Championship teams and World Junior teams is pretty special. Certainly without USA Hockey and their tournaments. … I may never have made it out of there so I will always owe USA Hockey a debt of gratitude."

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New York Rangers Derek Stepan by the Numbers

July 30th, 2015 at 6:38 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

With the New York Rangers signing Derek Stepan to a multi-year contract, they have secured a core and highly talented player.

Stepan is the Rangers’ fourth veteran player behind Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. Stepan was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on October 6, 2014.

The 25-year old is one of the Rangers’ top six forwards at even strength, on the power play and penalty kill. Stepan has never averaged less than 18 minutes of ice time since his rookie season in 2010.

From the moment he recorded a hat trick in his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 in Buffalo, Stepan has been a player to watch out for.

This season alone he recorded 55 points in 68 games during the regular season with a plus-26 rating, and in 19 postseason games he recorded 12 points and a game winning goal.

Throughout his career with the Rangers, Stepan has received numerous honors and awards, including the John Halligan Good Guy Award, this past season, which recognizes a player, selected by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, for their cooperation with the media. He also received the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp in 2010.

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Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers Come to Terms

July 28th, 2015 at 5:02 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Derek Stepan wanted to be with the New York Rangers long-term, so did the Rangers, as they agreed to terms on a six-year $39 million contract to avoid salary arbitration per the Daily News on Monday.

"It's a great feeling," said 25-year old Stepan to NHL.com. "I can't be more excited to be a part of a team that I absolutely love. I love the city of New York, I'm grateful for the fans, grateful for the management there. Me and my wife are extremely happy to be there for the next six years."

Stepan, had 16 goals, 55 points, 22 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating in 68 regular-season games for the Rangers last season. He had five goals, 12 points, 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

This is the Rangers’ first offseason under general manager Jeff Gorton, who replaced Glen Sather on July 1 when Sather stepped down, and Stepan became a free agent (eventually filed for salary arbitration).

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New York Rangers Appear 12 Times on NBC –NBCSN in the Regular Season

July 27th, 2015 at 3:33 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The NBC Sports Group will air 105 regular season NHL games in the 2015-16 season, 12 of which will feature the New York Rangers.

Highlights of the featured games include:

Opening Night doubleheaders on Oct. 7 on NBCSN, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry Original Six matchup between the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET, as the Blackhawks raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters.

NBCSN will present Rangers-Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Thanksgiving Showdown), and will also provide coverage of their matchup in New York on April 5, in what will be Tampa Bay’s first visit to Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

All 12 games:

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