“It’s a huge deal,” Kessel said. “Growing up, I had people who inspired me and kept me playing hockey, and now to be in a position to be able to do that, it’s only right and it’s very fulfilling to be able to give back to the sport.”
Junior Rangers Girls Hockey is designed specifically for girls ages 11-14 and aims to encourage participation in hockey with a focus on increasing access and visibility, while developing important life skills in its players. The league, set to begin in November, is led by an all-female staff and will run 20 consecutive weeks with a game and skills session each week. The Junior Rangers will provide families with access to full and partial scholarships for the girls hockey league based on financial need.
“It’s really a lot of fun to work with the girls, and what’s cool is that they end up inspiring me,” Kessel said. “I really enjoy the times I get to work with them.”
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, during IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, the Rangers will host 13 Try Hockey for Free events for girls ages 11-14. Additionally, girls from the tri-state area, between the ages of 11-12, will have the opportunity to represent the Rangers on a tournament team.
“Just their mission to inspire and empower girls of all ages through hockey is an awesome and easy mission to want to be part of,” Kessel said. “Growing up, I never would’ve really thought that I would be in this position, and sometimes I don’t realize the impact that I do have, but it’s organizations like the Rangers really wanting somebody in this position to help spread the word. It’s really humbling to know how important it was for them to find an ambassador to carry out this mission.”
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