Chris Kreider of the Rangers Is Getting Better With Age

“There have been all of the tattered nets he went by way of of their driveway and all of the pucks misplaced within the woods,” Hathaway recalled. “He was a freakish athlete. We spent the summer time coaching, figuring out, after which he’d wish to play basketball and he’d be dunking and making an attempt to beat his sister in a recreation. Then we go inside and play some board recreation and he would win at that, too.”

Hathaway, who made it to the N.H.L. regardless of not getting drafted, mentioned that from the second Kreider arrived at Andover, he exhibited a dedication to work — even with no coaches round — that he referred to as, “infectious.”

One night, after an Andover follow, Hathaway, Kreider and one other teammate have been headed to Kreider’s health club within the pouring rain for an extra exercise, till they seen a flat tire. Hathaway assumed the health club session could be deserted. Kreider by no means entertained the thought. He insisted they repair the tire within the rain, after which they went to the health club.

“I take into account myself fortunate to have been round him to get that aggressive push,” Hathaway mentioned. “It helped me get higher. When you encompass your self with good, hard-working people who find themselves pleasant, that’s the most effective you are able to do.”

Later, at Boston Faculty, Kreider was nonetheless among the best skaters on a nationwide championship staff. However it was there, he mentioned, that coaches first started to usher him towards the goalmouth and tutor him on the artwork of screening the goalie, tipping and redirecting pucks, and anticipating the precise place to be. As soon as he joined the Rangers, he mentioned, that course of intensified and as his skilled profession unfolded he continued to morph from flash to grit, from Pavel Bure into Phil Esposito.

Drafted nineteenth total in 2009, Kreider has already assembled a formidable Rangers profession, even when he by no means scores once more. His 211 objectives are twelfth on the Rangers’ profession record, the place he and Brian Leetch are the one Individuals within the prime 20. With 625 video games performed, Kreider is twenty third on that staff record and thru Friday he was ninth in plus/minus with plus-82 over 10 years.

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