New York Sled Rangers Skate at Madison Square Garden
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Members of the Wheelchair Sports Federation's New York Sled Rangers skated between periods at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, as the Blueshirts faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers honored the team's disabled veterans during this demonstration, in celebration of Veterans' Day.
The team played a quick scrimmage, with half on the Rangers Blue team, and the other half on the Rangers Camo team. The two teams faced off with end-to-end action, with longtime teammate (and Paralympian) Tony Fitzgerald leading the charge. Bryan Genovese wowed the crowd, hitting the crossbar with his shot with a resounding 'ding', while thousands cheered.
Also highlighted were the team's veterans. The New York Sled Rangers Hockey Team is proud to have military veterans play and compete on the team. The veterans competing in the night's game were:
- Sgt. Bryan Dilberian, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. During his 4 years of service, he was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Before his honorable discharge, he was the first ever triple amputee to return to active military service.
- Sgt. Christopher Bustamante, U.S. Army 2nd Calvary Regiment. During his 5 years of service, he was injured while deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Private First Class Len Lacina, U.S. Army M1 Armor Crewman. During his 2 years of service, he was partially paralyzed due to an averse reaction to medical treatment.
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