Ryan Carpenter brings his hockey ride full circle with the NY Rangers

It was in the basement of his grandparents’ home on Staten Island where Ryan Carpenter debuted for hockey.

Often wearing Rangers gear, he strolls around hockey balls with his older cousins ​​during one of their annual trips to New York.

Fast forward to today and Carpenter’s journey is complete. The 31-year-old striker signed a one-year, $750,000 deal last month to play for his favorite team, fulfilling his childhood dream while sparking excitement for the rest of his family.

“My dad was a big fan of the sport on all of the New York teams, so naturally I think, as his eldest son, I followed what he loves,” Carpenter said. “I remember at one point, I think I had all of my Ranger shirts—home and out, blue and white, and then the Statue of Liberty.”

Although Carpenter was born and raised in Orlando, his father and New York native, Mike, never let his three children forget their roots in the Big Apple. Ryan was too young to remember Rangers’ last Stanley Cup win in 1994, but he can remember watching VHS tapes with his father in the years since.

That made a lasting impression, with those memories flowing back in when the chance to sign with the Blueshirts came this summer.

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