Hockey Playoffs & A Day With Dad

Hockey Playoffs and a day with dad

My family has always been a sports family. Growing up, I watched my brother pitch in his little league uniform every spring, and traveled to his hockey tournaments every winter.

I loved every minute.

My sister and I were usually found cheering him on behind home plate or in the stands of an ice rink – while sharing a hot pretzel or some kind of gummy candy, of course.

When we weren’t actually at a game, our family was watching one on TV. New York has its share of teams, but only a few have our hearts:

  • NY Yankees
  • NY Giants
  • NY Rangers

Today, I’m here to talk about the Rangers.

My father has loved the New York Rangers for as long as he can remember. He had season tickets back in the day, and was able to get them again a few years ago. He was so excited.

Ranger Game with Dad

Which is why I was so excited when he invited me to come to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last Sunday: the New York Rangers vs. the Philadelphia Flyers (a HUGE rival, according to my dad).

Ranger Game with Dad

The game started at noon, so we grabbed some coffees and got an early start to the train station.

Ranger Game with Dad

Once there, we took in the views of the Hudson River and the beautiful morning.

Ranger Game with Dad

Just me and Dad. 🙂

Ranger Game with Dad

We were a little early for the train, so naturally I took a few pictures…

Ranger Game with Dad

…and grabbed a snack in the shop. (Gummy peach rings – surprise, surprise.)

Ranger Game with Dad

It was a relaxing ride to Grand Central Station.

Ranger Game with Dad

Relaxation was a good thing because soon the excitement would start.

Ranger Game with Dad

The Garden was swarming with people making their way to the game.

Ranger Game with Dad

We cut it a little close, arriving just before noon.

Ranger Game with Dad

After a few lines and a few escalators, we made it to our seats – just in time to see the Blue Shirts skate onto the ice! #LGR

Ranger Game with Dad

The first goal!

Ranger Game with Dad

The first beer!

Ranger Game with Dad

When the whistle blew, we got to say hello to some celebs in the stands: Jim Carrey and Spike Lee.

Ranger Game with Dad

And there’s Whoopi!

Ranger Game with Dad

Ok, back to the game. Another goal for the Rangers!

NY Ranger Game with Dad

Happy, happy!

Ranger Game with Dad

Third period, four minutes left…it’s time for Dancing Larry.

Ranger Game with Dad

A true fan, Larry gets down to Strike It Up by Black Box.

Strike it up, this band is gonna play my tune.
Strike it up, I wanna, I wanna tell you so.
Strike it up, nobody’s gonna stop my sound.
Strike it up, you know how lonely one can feel.

Ranger Game with Dad

LET’S GO RANGERS!

Ranger Game with Dad

Larry got that crowd pumped up.

Ranger Game with Dad

As the clock wound down, we were all on our feet.

Ranger Game with Dad

And we stayed standing to congratulate the Rangers on their 4-2 win over the Flyers. Yeah!

NY Rangers Stanley Cup Playoffs

Hold your beer high!

Ranger Game with Dad

Needless to say, Dad was happy. Look at that smile.

Ranger Game with Dad

Post-game celebrations were had at Stout NYC, a cool pub right near Madison Square Garden.

Ranger Game with Dad

Afterwards, we started the walk back to Grand Central. We almost got in trouble for this picture – my dad’s name is Bill.

Spring tulips in Manhattan

I found a lovely patch of orange tulips.

Ranger Game with Dad

I also found this dude. Rrraaagghh!

Ranger Game with Dad

Back at Grand Central, we had some time before the train so we stopped at this awesome little bar on Vanderbilt Avenue: The Campbell Apartment.

Ranger Game with Dad

I fell in love with the decor, especially this glass window.

Ranger Game with Dad

Dad chatted with the bartender…

Ranger Game with Dad

…while I enjoyed this lovely cocktail. It was the perfect treat before the ride home.

Beacon, NY sunset

After a little snooze on the train, we were back. The morning sky had turned into a spectacular sunset.

Beacon, NY Sunset

It was the perfect end to a great day. Thank you, Dad <3

4 comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your story & photos envoked many fond memories of growing up in New York & cheering for the Rangers & Mets ! Always a New Yorker but now living in Kansas !

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