I don't know much about sports, but I do know that the Ronald McDonald House is a great charity which helps kids around the world receive medical treatment and provides support for their families, so I knew I had to be a part of Skate with the Greats, a fundraiser for the organization where you can get on the ice with Rangers players and famous alumni.
The only Rangers player I had ever heard of was Stu Bickel, who happened to look at an apartment I was living in at the time to rent (that's a whole other story!) so when I arrived at Rockefeller Center's iconic skating rink, where almost everyone was wearing a Rangers jersey, I couldn't distinguish between the real players from the fans!
Before the skating, everyone took part in a buffet dinner and auction, so I made my way to the back room where the 'real' players were hanging out. I got to talk to Brian Leetch (apparently a huge fan favorite - and super nice guy) who helps out with the organization whenever he has a chance. I told him I didn't know how to skate, so he would have to arrange for the whole team to hold me up, though I'm not sure if even that could have prevented me from falling! (The last time I skated was at a birthday party in elementary school and everyone who tried to help wound up falling right along with me!)
During the course of the evening, I met a few more players, including famous alum Rod Gilbert and Jon Bon Jovi look alike Ron Duguay who went from famous hockey player to the official Ranger's analyst on the MSG Network.
Let's just say it was a great night of fun and fundraising - and I decided to stick to the food and my new famous hockey friends instead of getting on the ice!