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October 2, 2012

Happy to be playing hockey, Kreider ready to go with Connecticut Whale

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Honing his game this summer by lifting weights and skating both locally and down in Connecticut with Ranger players, Kreider sought to work on all aspects of his game, from his work in the defensive zone to continuing to win space for himself along the walls and in front of the opposing net.

It was a no-brainer for the Rangers organization to have the former Masconomet and Phillips Andover star play with the Whale while the NHL is not operating. The team’s former first round pick can continue to work on his game against players his own age (and older), use his exceptional speed to attack the offensive zone and continue to grow as a professional.

Part of growing as a pro is acting like one, said Kreider. He was extremely cognizant of his fellow players when he attended a few of the NHLPA meetings in New York with the league’s owners and commissioner Gary Bettman and how they carried themselves with class. It’s a behavior he plans on copying.

“There are so many things I can get better at,” admitted Kreider. “My mindset hasn’t changed at all; I’m looking at this as an opportunity to mature and grow as a player. I’m definitely

not a finished product.

“I’m excited to get out and play.

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