Rangers make dream come true, sign seven-year-old to one-day deal

The New York Rangers made a dream come true and a bit of franchise history Thursday by signing eight-year-old Kayleigh Petersen to a one-day deal. Petersen is the first female to sign a one-day deal with the Rangers. Petersen made her way to the Rangers by way of Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.

There was history made in the NHL Thursday, as the New York Rangers signed seven-year-old Kayleigh Petersen to a one-day contract. Petersen, from East Brunswick, N.J., became the first female in the Rangers’ 90-year history to sign a one-day deal with the team.

“She has tremendous skills and we felt her strength and character are through the roof,” said former New York Rangers winger Adam Graves. “We are proud and honored to have her as a part of the Rangers organization.”

As part of her contract with the Blueshirts, Petersen was part of the warmup and was the first skater on the ice ahead of the Rangers’ Thursday tilt against the Colorado Avalanche.

“Her speed, skill and courage have impressed Rangers talent evaluators in her various Intro to Hockey lessons over the last two seasons, as well as at her most recent stint at Full Day Hockey Camp,” the Rangers said in a release.

In 2009, Petersen underwent a liver transplant after she was diagnosed with Tyrosinemia Type 1, a rare genetic disorder that potentially result in severe liver disease, per WebMD. Petersen made her way to the Rangers by way of Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey and, per the Rangers, has been playing hockey since she was five. She also takes part in dance and gymnastics.

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Her time with the team was part of the Blueshirts’ Garden of Dreams Night, which helped raise awareness for the foundation of the same name which works to “positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.” Petersen got to watch the Rangers warmup from the bench and met a number of the players pre-game. And post-game, Petersen and her brother got to meet Rangers star netminder Henrik Lundqvist.