Rangers Agree to Terms With Marek Hrivik

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NEW YORK, July 28, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Marek Hrivik on a new contract.

Hrivik, 24, skated in 68 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points, along with a plus-three rating and 18 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in assists and points in 2015-16. Hrivik tied for the team lead in assists, ranked third in points, and tied for sixth in goals this past season. Hrivik tallied a point in 22 of his final 36 AHL games in 2015-16, recording 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in those contests.

The 6-2, 205-pounder skated in five games with the Rangers this past season, registering one assist and a plus-three rating. Hrivik made his NHL debut on February 21, 2016 vs. Detroit, and he tallied his first career NHL assist/point while skating in his second career NHL game on February 23, 2016 at New Jersey. He posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in each of his five NHL games this past season, including a plus-one rating in three of those contests.

Hrivik has skated in 262 career AHL games over parts of five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16), all with the Whale/Wolf Pack, registering 45 goals and 83 assists for 128 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 62 penalty minutes. He has averaged 0.53 points per game over his last two seasons in the AHL (74 points in 140 games). Hrivik has also skated in 24 career AHL playoff games, registering eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 contests during the 2015 Playoffs while helping Hartford advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Zilina, Slovakia, native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on May 30, 2012.

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Donnie Brasco

STARRING:
Al Pacino as Lefty
Johnny Depp as Donnie Brasco
Michael Madsen as Sonny
Anne Heche as Maggie

DIRECTOR:
Mike Newell

THEATRICAL RELEASE:
February 28, 1997

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:
“The movie has many human qualities and contains what will be remembered as one of Pacino’s finest scenes.” – Roger Ebert

Mr. Pacino’s reward for passing a generational torch to Mr. Depp is the chance to team up with a young actor on the same wavelength. These two stars have such good, macho chemistry that their scenes together really shoot off sparks. – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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Three-Peat: Tina Charles Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 26, 2016 – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Samsung, respectively, for games played in July. Charles earned her third consecutive Player of the Month honor and her eighth overall, surpassing Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx for the most since the award’s inception in 2010.

Charles becomes just the fifth player in league history to win Player of the Month for three consecutive months (Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Lauren Jackson), and only the fourth to win three months in a row during the same season. Additionally, dating back to last season, the last five Eastern Conference Player of the Month Awards have gone to New York (Charles – July ’15; Epiphanny Prince – August ’15), making it the most consecutive honors awarded to one franchise in WNBA history.

Charles, the 2012 WNBA MVP and a four-time WNBA All-Star, led the Eastern Conference in rebounding (9.3 rpg) in July, trailing only Ogwumike among all players. She also finished second in the East in scoring (20.0 ppg) and ninth in free throw percentage (39-of-44, .886), while contributing 2.5 assists per game. Charles guided New York to a 7-3 mark during the month, the best record among East teams, as the Liberty improved to 18-8 overall to maintain the top spot in the conference.

The former University of Connecticut standout posted four double-doubles in July and four games of at least 25 points. Charles opened the month with 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-88 win at the Phoenix Mercury on July 1. She followed that effort two days later with 27 points and nine boards in a 77-67 loss at Los Angeles. Charles then helped New York head coach Bill Laimbeer notch his 200th regular-season victory when she recorded 29 points and nine rebounds in an 88-85 road win over the Chicago Sky on July 8.

Charles closed the month with three double-doubles in her final four outings, including 15 points and 14 rebounds in an 88-70 loss at Minnesota on July 15; and 14 points and 10 boards in her next game, an 83-76 home victory against the Connecticut Sun on July 17. She capped July with 25 points and 13 rebounds in an 82-70 home loss to the Indiana Fever on July 21.

Additional highlights of Charles’ play in July included:

  • July 6 vs. Seattle Storm: 18 points, six rebounds and four steals in a 78-74 win
  • July 13 vs. Atlanta Dream: 18 points and nine rebounds in an 86-62 victory
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Amar’e Stoudemire Officially Announces NBA Retirement

On Monday, August 1, former Knick and six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire officially announced his retirement from the NBA after a 14-year career. However, this is not the end for STAT, in fact it’s a “graduation,” as he stated in his retirement press conference.

Watch the vidoes below to see what Amar’e had to say in his farewell address.

AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE ANNOUNCES NBA RETIREMENT & WHAT’S NEXT FOR HIM

During a press conference at Madison Square Garden, former Knicks All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire formally announces his retirement from the NBA and what he’ll do next.


STOUDEMIRE DISCUSSES GOING TO PLAY IN JERUSALEM & SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Amar’e Stoudemire discusses going overseas to play professionally in Jerusalem, his goals for the team and retiring from the NBA.


STAT: PLAYING WITH KNICKS WAS MOST EXCITING TIME OF MY CAREER

Amar’e Stoudemire talks about his retirement from the NBA, reflects on his time with the Knicks and his advice for Derrick Rose on playing in New York.


AMAR’E REFLECTS ON NBA CAREER & TIME WITH KNICKS

In an exclusive interview with MSG Network, Amar’e Stoudemire talks about his decision to retire from the NBA, his time with the New York Knicks and moving on to play professional basketball in Israel.

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Sunday Could Be Extra Special For Red Bulls’ Luis Robles

HANOVER, N.J. – Come Sunday afternoon, Luis Robles is hoping to have three points from his team’s derby match with New York City FC. He also might be holding in his arms his third child.

The Red Bulls’ goalkeeper and his wife Cara are expecting a child that is due on Tuesday, another complication in what is already a stressful and packed week. Sunday’s match at Red Bull Arena is already receiving its fair share of hype, especially since the season series is split between these two sides. The Red Bulls find themselves five points behind NYCFC in the Eastern Conference standings and a victory in the third installment of the Hudson River Derby could vault them back into the race for the East lead.

Of course, things are always subject to change. The couple has a contingency plan in place should the unforeseen happen and their baby decides to come out earlier than expected.

Cara will be at the game on Sunday — with bags packed and ready in the car just in case something happens — and has contact information for the team administrator as well as sporting director Ali Curtis in case of an emergency. On Friday night, the couple discussed their plan if their baby decides to come out early.

The couple decided together that the focus is to be on the game and she’ll handle the pregnancy during those few hours that he’ll be playing. There are friends nearby who are ready to help should she need to get to the hospital or have another need or concerns.

Robles said his mind will be on the match vs. NYCFC the moment he arrives at Red Bull Arena.

“It doesn’t matter who the opponent, it is another day at work and taking care of business,” Luis told MSGNetworks.com.

“We are at the point in our season where it is very important we get results. It doesn’t matter if it is a rival or another Eastern Conference opponent or a team out West. We need to get some wins.”

The couple does not know yet the gender of the baby although Luis is guessing it will be a boy. The goalie remains confident that his child will keep to the schedule.

“I don’t think [the birth] will happen Sunday. I think it will happen on Tuesday,” Luis said.

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Dax McCarty Needs No Motivation For Sunday’s Rivalry Match

New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty is not upset one bit that New York City F.C. celebrated their 2-0 derby win earlier this month with exuberance. In fact, it doesn’t matter much to him.

Following their 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on July 3, NYCFC’s David Villa posted a photo on social media showing his teammates mugging for the camera after what was their first win in the Hudson River Derby. Red Bulls fans collectively rolled their eyes, noting their all-time lead in the series was 4-1 even after the early July defeat. Even some NYCFC fans thought it was a bit too much glory for a single win in July.

But following a 7-0 Red Bulls win at Yankee Stadium earlier this season, the win by NYCFC was cathartic and has helped propel them to top of the Eastern Conference. Now on Sunday at Red Bull Arena, it is the Red Bulls who could use a win given their struggles over the past month.

And in the eyes of McCarty, the Red Bulls’ captain, no photo is motivation to get three points.

“No, not at all. I think that’s fair. I don’t mean any disrespect with this comment, but if you don’t beat a team for the first four times you play them and then finally get a win, it’s going to feel good. That’s s fine. I don’t mind them celebrating it one bit. That’s fair. We celebrated after we won our games; it just shows you that it means a little bit more too both teams,” McCarty said on Friday following training.

“That stuff is all crap, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I think that if you win a game, you should feel the right to celebrate however you want. Both teams come into this game highly motivated to win, just because they post a picture doesn’t make them more angry or more motivated to play against them. I’m always highly motivated to play against them and beat them. I think their victory, while it sucked for us and hurt, it made the rivalry more real. Obviously they had to win a game against us to make it more competitive. We always knew it was a competitive game, but certainly now with them in first place and them in really good form, it means more to us now.”

The extra motivation, he says, all boils down to the proximity of these two teams. The MetroStars, now the Red Bulls, were an MLS original franchise in 1996 and were supposed to be a glamour team in MLS. They struggled through years at Giants Stadium as the league went through growing pains. Now with their own beautiful soccer-specific stadium just minutes from the PATH, they now have to share the market they fought so hard to be relevant in with their upstarts in the Bronx.

NYCFC has come in with big purchases and fanfare, trying to dominate the market. The Red Bulls’ response?

A Supporters Shield last year, their second such title in the past three years.

“It’s just the fact that it’s our close neighbors, derby game. It means a lot to the fans, it means a hell of a lot to the fans. I’m always motivated to win games in MLS; you always want to get three points when you step on the field,” McCarty said.

“A game against NYCFC certainly means more to me more than a game against San Jose or a team in the West that we don’t see very often.  We see these guys a lot, potentially if both teams keep up a decent run of form, there’s a high chance we see these guys in the playoffs. Whenever you get a chance to beat them, you want to take it. I know both teams will be wanting to win this game badly for the fans.”

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10 Facts About the Rangers’ Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider will be a New York Ranger for the foreseeable future after the winger inked a long-term deal with the team Friday.

Learn more about the 25-year-old by reading these facts about him.

  • Kreider was selected 19th overall by the Rangers in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • The hulking 6-foot-3 forward won a gold medal with Team USA at 2010 World Junior Championships. He scored a goal in the gold medal game against Canada and finished the tournament with six goals playing on the same line with future Rangers teammate, Derek Stepan.
  • The Boxford, Massachusetts native continued his banner 2010 season with a national title win with Boston College. He scored a goal in the National Title game against the University of Wisconsin.
  • Kreider won his second national championship in 2012, leading Boston College in all offensive categories during the regular season. He tallied 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 44 games and finished 19th in the country in points overall.
  • After finishing his collegiate career, Kreider became a pro on April 10, 2012, signing his first entry-level contract with the Blueshirts.
  • Kreider made his professional debut in the middle of the Rangers-Senators first-round series in 2012. He scored his first NHL goal in a must-win Game 6 for the Blueshirts off a great feed from Stepan. He would go on to score five goals in 18 games during the playoffs.

  • Kreider scored his first game-winning overtime goal in the playoffs in Game 4 of the 2013 second-round series between the Rangers and Bruins.
  • In 65 career playoff games, Kreider has compiled 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists)
  • Kreider has scored a career-high 21 goals in both the 2014-15 season and the 2015-16 campaign.
  • In 248 regular season games, Kreider has collected 129 points (61 goals, 68 assists).
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Rangers Agree to Terms With Kevin Hayes

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NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes on a new contract.

Hayes, 24, skated in 79 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points, along with a plus-four rating and 30 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in game-winning goals (three), power play goals (three), power play points (six), and shots on goal (133), and he tied his career-high in games played in 2015-16. Hayes tied for fifth on the Rangers in even strength assists (19), ranked sixth in primary assists (14), and tied for sixth in assists, power play goals, and even strength points (30) this past season. Hayes also ranked sixth on the Blueshirts in assists per 60 minutes of ice time in 2015-16 (1.22). The Rangers earned at least one point in 24 of the 30 games in which Hayes tallied at least one point during the past season (18-6-6 record). He recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his final 28 games of the regular season.

The 6-5, 227-pounder has skated in 158 career NHL games over two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16), both with the Rangers, registering 31 goals and 50 assists for 81 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 52 penalty minutes. Over Hayes’ first two NHL seasons, 39 of his 50 assists have been primary assists, and he ranks third on the Rangers in primary assists over the span. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, he ranks fifth on the Rangers (min. 82 games played) in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.42) and points per 60 minutes of ice time (2.30). Hayes has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 22 career NHL playoff games.

During his rookie season in the NHL in 2014-15, Hayes tallied 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) and posted a plus-15 rating in 79 games. He ranked second on the Rangers – and led all NHL rookies – in primary assists during the season (25). Hayes also led the Rangers in points from the All-Star break until the end of the regular season in 2014-15, as he tallied 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 38 games over the span. In the 2015 Playoffs, Hayes became the second rookie in Rangers history to tally a goal in Game 7 of a playoff series and the first to do so since Muzz Patrick in the Semifinals in 1939.

The Dorchester, Massachusetts, native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 20, 2014. Hayes was selected by Chicago in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Chris Kreider

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NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 — New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider on a new contract.

Kreider, 25, skated in 79 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in even strength goals (16) and hits (177), and he tied his career-high in goals in 2015-16 (he also recorded 21 goals during the 2014-15 season). Kreider was one of six NHL players who registered at least 20 goals, 40 points, a plus-10 rating, and 50 penalty minutes this past season (along with Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and James Neal). He ranked second on the Rangers in hits, tied for third in power play goals (five), ranked fourth in even strength goals, ranked fifth in goals and even strength points (35), and tied for fifth in points. Kreider also led the Rangers in goals (15) and ranked second on the team in points (26) on the road in 2015-16. He recorded 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) over the Blueshirts’ final 40 games of the regular season, and he led the team in goals over the span.

The 6-3, 226-pounder skated in five playoff contests with the Rangers in 2016, registering two goals and posting a plus-one rating. Kreider tied for the team lead in goals, plus/minus rating, and power play goals (one), and tied for fourth on the team in points (two) in the playoffs.

Kreider has skated in 248 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, registering 61 goals and 68 assists for 129 points, along with a plus-47 rating and 224 penalty minutes. Kreider is the only Ranger who has recorded at least 20 goals in each of the last two seasons. He is one of six NHL players who have recorded at least 50 goals, 100 points, a plus-40 rating, and 200 penalty minutes since the start of the 2012-13 season (along with Corey Perry, Chris Kunitz, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and James Neal).

Since the start of his first full season with the Rangers in 2013-14, Kreider ranks second on the team – and leads team forwards – in plus/minus rating (plus-48), ranks second in power play goals (18), ranks third in goals per game (0.26), ranks fourth in goals (59), and ranks fifth in assists (67), points (126), power play points (28), and shots on goal (474). He ranks second on the Rangers in goals per 60 minutes of ice time since the start of the 2013-14 season (1.00). In addition, Kreider leads the Rangers in points (53), plus/minus rating (plus-22), and power play goals (seven), and ranks second on the team in goals (27) and game-winning goals (five) on the road over the last two seasons (2014-15 – 2015-16).

Kreider has skated in 65 career NHL playoff games, all with the Rangers, registering 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. Kreider is tied for eighth in the NHL – and leads the Rangers – in playoff goals since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (20). He also ranked second among NHL players 24 years old or younger in playoff goals over the last five years (2012 – 2016). Kreider is tied for second in franchise history in playoff game-winning goals (six) and he ranks 10th on the Rangers’ all-time playoff goals list.

The Boxford, Massachusetts, native was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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Palmieri Named to Team USA

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TORONTO/NEW YORK (JULY 20, 2016)USA Hockey announced today that New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto. Palmieri, who will be entering his seventh NHL season in 2016-17, recorded 30 goals, 27 assists and 57 points in 2015-16, all career highs. He replaces injured Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.

Representing Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are:

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
D John Carlson, Washington Capitals
D Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
D Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets
D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
D Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals
D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
F David Backes, Boston Bruins
F Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
F Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils *
F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
F Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
F James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

*named to roster today

Eight teams — Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA — will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 170 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is a joint effort of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The top two finishers in each of Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where each qualifier will face an elimination game against a team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

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