Rangers Diary: Dan Girardi is proud to play for the Blueshirts
In my six years with the New York Rangers, this year has been one of our most exciting starts. Having opened the season in Europe, followed by a handful of road games, we all got the chance to spend some quality time together on and off the ice.
Although being in Europe was exciting, we were really looking forward to coming back to NYC — not only to see our family and friends, but to finally play in Madison Square Garden again. Even though the arena transformation is still ongoing, there are so many improvements already, including a great new locker room area for the team. And while it took some time for us to get into our groove, it feels great to see the team really come together. Having Cally [Ryan Callahan] serving as the captain this season is cool, not only because he’s my best friend, but because having him in this role has meant a lot to all the guys and has helped us evolve as a team.
People sometimes ask me about my life off the ice … I’ll be honest, I’m a pretty simple guy. The most important thing to me outside of hockey is my family. My son Landon is almost 2, and he’s at that age where he’s developing his own personality and becoming a little man. All he wants to do is play hockey — from the moment he gets up until he goes to sleep at night. When he watches Rangers games on TV with my wife, he points to the screen and says “Dada!” I hate having to say goodbye to him when I’m on the road, but it gives me something amazing to look forward to when I’m on my way back. Every once in a while, my wife and I find time for a date night. The other night, we got the chance to go see the Jay-Z/Kanye West concert at MSG. The show was unbelievable. It’s weird to show up at the Garden and not head straight to the locker room, but it’s nice to be on the other side of things and be able to sit in the same seats where our fans sit, cheering us on.
I feel such a sense of pride being able to lace up my skates every day as a member of the New York Rangers. I just want to take this opportunity to thank our fans, who have continued to support us, and to let them know that we will continue to play our hardest and do all we can to make the city of New York proud.