The New York Rangers committed to Jacob Trouba when they acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets in 2019, then signed him to a 7-year contract with an $8 million AAV.
This summer, they went one step further by naming him the 28th captain in franchise history.
“Since joining the Rangers, Jacob has consistently demonstrated all of the qualities we look for in a leader on and off the ice,” general manager Chris Drury said in a press release. “As we look to take the next step as an organization, he is a role model for all of our players and the perfect choice to be our captain.”
Jacob Trouba sells an apartment in Florida
Trouba, 28, had 39 points in 81 games last season for the Rangers and added 5 points in 20 playoff games. His 177 shot blocks were the best on the team and his 207 hits led all Blueshirts defensemen.
His on-ice commitment to his teammates is no match for his wonderful wife, Kelly. Trouba was emotional during her press conference as she discussed her sacrifices and hard work as a doctor.
One of the reasons he wanted to leave Winnipeg was to align his career goals. After finishing his job in Florida, it looks like they’re ready to reside full-time in New York.
According to the NY Post, the Troubas have sold their condo in Florida and will be living in Manhattan. Kelly is currently doing her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital.
“One person who helped me through the transition was my wife, Kelly.” Trouba wrote in a fan letter. “Coming to New York three years ago was not only a great opportunity for me, but it was also a place where my wife could pursue her dreams and her career as a doctor. There is not a moment of this journey that we take for granted.
Trouba will proudly lead the Rangers on the ice this season and hopefully past the Eastern Conference Finals where they fell in six to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Mark Messier and the fireman’s helmet
On September 11, the world remembers the lives lost on that solemn day. The New York Rangers posted their ‘Never Forget’ message with a photo of Mark Messier wearing a fire helmet.
Here’s more on that story.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Mark Messier paid tribute to the many firefighters who lost their lives trying to save thousands.
As the Rangers prepared to open the 2001-02 season at Madison Square Garden, Messier would soon lift the spirits of all in attendance. Above all, the number of first responders in the building.
Before the game, firefighter Larry McGee of Engine 66 in the Bronx presented Messier with a helmet. The equipment belonged to Chief Ray Downey, a 40-year veteran of the department who was lost that day.
Messier wore it proudly and today it is one of the most enduring images of love and unity in New York during this difficult time.
The Rangers gave all the fans in attendance a little something to smile about hours later when Brian Leetch scored in overtime to beat the Buffalo Sabers 5-4. Messier assisted on Eric Lindros’ first goal as a team member in that game as well.
You can read more about the story here.
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