Pride Night with the New York Islanders


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New York Islanders

An attorney with a wealth of experience in media and entertainment law, Steven C. Beer earned recognition as one of the “21 Great Thinkers of Indie Film” in the online magazine The Wrap. He has been a partner in the New York City law firm of Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo for five years. Outside of the professional arena, Steven C. Beer is an avid ice hockey player and an active supporter of the New York City Gay Hockey Association.

On February 4, 2017, the New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA) joined with the New York Islanders to become the first New York City-based National Hockey League team to host a Pride Night in recognition of the gay community. In honor of the event, the NYCGHA booked a large block of tickets in the lower bowl section of the Barclays Center for a 7 p.m. game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

In addition to attending the game, participants in this historic Pride Night could choose to take part in a scrimmage on the Islanders’ ice during the afternoon hours. The NYCGHA also arranged a pregame gathering at a nearby restaurant and bar.


The Birth of Ice Hockey


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Ice Hockey

Media and entertainment attorney Steven C. Beer is a partner with New York City-based Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo. Outside of work, Steven C. Beer’s hobbies include ice hockey.

While ball-and-stick games are as old as civilization itself, the sport of ice hockey can trace its roots back to the Native Americans, who played a lacrosse-type game on the iced-over lakes, rivers, and ponds of what is now South Dakota. Field hockey was inspired by these games, and small-town Canadian youths began to fill their spare time during the winter playing field hockey on the ice.

However, it wasn’t until 1872 that a Halifax, Nova Scotia native named James Creighton landed in Montreal and introduced the game of “ice hockey” to the big city. Creighton brought both sticks and skates with him. The skates possessed rounded blades that were clamped onto boots and had been patented in 1866 by a company in Nova Scotia. Creighton began by teaching the sport to his friends. By 1875, they were practicing indoors at the Victoria Skating Rink.

The game could not be played indoors out of fear that the bouncing ball would cause damage. The ever-creative Creighton solved the problem by replacing the ball with a wooden disc, and in doing so, he created the first hockey puck.

Positions on a Hockey Team


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An entertainment attorney by profession, Steven C. Beer practices with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo in New York City. In his free time, Steven C. Beer is an avid hockey player.

As the rules of the game of hockey dictate, six players from each team take to the ice. The teams each send out one goalie, who must stay within an area known as the crease. The goalie’s purpose is to block the puck from entering the net, and he or she can use any part of the body to stop it. Because this task can be quite dangerous, the goalie wears much more protective gear than other team members.

Each team also sends out two defensemen to block the opposing team’s forward line and protect their goal. The defensemen work in front of the goalie and behind the forwards. They typically stay behind the forward line, so that they can keep the puck outside of their zone when possible and block scoring attempts at their own goal.

Meanwhile, three forwards play mostly in the opponent’s zone and are primarily responsible for attempts on the opposing goal. The center assumes leadership responsibility for most such attempts, while the wings remain on the center’s left and right to be ready for passes. Working in collaboration, these three players work to set up shots and, ideally, score points for their team.

All-time National Hockey League Goal Scorers

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

Steven C. Beer has served as a partner at Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo in New York City since 2012. Beyond his work as an attorney, Steven C. Beer enjoys staying active through ice hockey.

No player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) has scored more goals than Canadian forward Wayne Gretzky. Active from 1978 through 1999, Gretzky scored 583 goals with the Edmonton Oilers before ending his career with 894 total goals. Gretzky led the league in scoring five times in his career and recorded nine seasons of scoring at least 51 goals.

Gretzky is followed on the NHL scoring list by Gordie Howe. Howe spent 25 of his 32-season career with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring a total of 801 goals. Howe had a slower start to his goal-scoring career compared to Gretzky but soon amassed five league scoring titles of his own. He managed his decline better than Gretzky, scoring at least 15 goals in each of his last three seasons.

Additional scorers on the NHL all-time goals leader list include Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, and Marcel Dionne. With 611 goals, number 16 Jarome Iginla is the highest-ranked active player on the list.

Benefits of Trekking Poles


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Trekking Poles

A media and entertainment attorney based in New York City, Steven C. Beer is a partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. In his leisure time, Steven C. Beer enjoys hiking in the New York area.

Although casual hikes typically require only a day pack and a solid pair of shoes, trekking poles can significantly improve the hiking experience under certain circumstances. Trekking poles enable hikers to push against the ground with their arms, propelling them forward and upward. Not only does this make steep climbs much easier, but it also reduces strain on the knees, ankles, and feet. Indeed, studies suggest that trekking poles reduce compression strains on the knees by as much as 25 percent.

In addition to making the uphill climb easier, trekking poles can improve safety out on the trail. On unpredictable terrain like loose rocks and slippery river crossings, trekking poles add points of contact with the ground, increasing stability and decreasing the likelihood of a fall. Trekking poles can also be used to test new terrain without actually putting full body weight on it.