Today, Alain Vigneault will address the Rangers as a full team for the first time since being named head coach this offseason.
This should obviously be cause for rejoice among Rangers fans. But I can't help but have mixed emotions with the opening of camp coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11/01.
There really isn't much on the schedule for the Blueshirts on this first day, but it's still an occasion that I should have a bounce to my step. Instead, I am sitting here with a heavy heart. I'm finding it virtually impossible to fully invest myself in the Blueshirts on the anniversary of the mass murder of almost 3,000 people in the worst terrorist attack in American history.
In the lead-up to today, I've heard a couple of Rangers exclaim that they were looking forward to "September 11th." And while I'm not criticizing the players for using that wording or the Rangers organization for scheduling the opening of camp on this day, I cringed each time I heard it.
Today should be about remembering family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who were murdered that day, not celebrating the official beginning of the Rangers road to the 2013-14 Stanley Cup.
So while the fan in me will have my eye on the Twitter feed of every Rangers beat writer the entire day, my heart will be with the families who are still mourning the loss of loved ones who where taken from them so tragically and senselessly 12 years ago today.
We will never forget.