Almost 200 Hudson Valley youth will get a chance to learn hockey skills from the New York Rangers. The kids in the Saugerties Youth Hockey Association will drill with New York Rangers alumni and coaching staff later this week. Between 150-180 kids will participate in three separate sessions at the Kiwanis Ice Arena, Wednesday night according to an article in the Daily Freeman.

The session came around after some hard work by Mike Pedersen, the VP and Director of the youth league and Mark Signore, President of the league. Pedersen told the paper, it’s hard to get the team to look so far north of New York City. They consider the Hudson Valley outside of their target market. The gentlemen have reached out before without success.

They are excited to the give the kids an opportunity to meet with NHL payers, no matter who they are. The Rangers haven’t confirmed who will be attending Wednesday’s session. Pedersen said the team was impressed with our coaching and the model they use for development of the players. The kids develop together, because they sort them by birth year. They hope their program is a model for USA Hockey, which oversees local hockey teams.