In a new MSG Network program, Beginnings explores how several New York Rangers players took the steps to become NHL stars.
The 30-minute series, which uses the same premise as YES Network’s Yankeeography, airs Thursdays this fall after Rangers games.
But uniquely with Beginnings, the subject acts as host, taking the audience on a journey to find their early influences, and talks with family members and friends.
For example, the first episode is a profile of Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who gives viewers a tour of his boyhood home, Rochester, New York.
Callahan’s mother Donna recalls when her 17-year-old son left home to pursue a hockey career, joining the minor league OHL
“I had to let you go, but it was the hardest thing I ever did as a mother,” she says.
The show also focuses on Callahan’s experience with Team USA at the Winter Olympics, and ultimately getting drafted by the Rangers.
“Exciting day,” Callahan’s father, Michael says. “It was crazy. The whole neighborhood went nuts.”
Beginnings with Ryan Callahan debuts on Thursday, October 27 at 10 p.m.
Future episodes feature Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, and Marc Staal.