By Alex Killen-O’ConnorNew York Rangers forward Michael Grabner, who is expected to be traded to the Carolina Hurricanes before the start of the season, has been in the news lately for a variety of reasons.
One of those is that he’s a fan of his hometown, the Somaliland capital, Soma.
He recently visited the country to participate in a memorial service for victims of the Ebola virus.
He told the New York Daily News that he also wanted to go to a football game and “make the fans proud.”
In a video of the event posted on Twitter on Thursday, Grabner said he plans to attend the game with his wife and son, and will “take care of myself, eat and drink.”
In recent weeks, Graborner has been taking care of his health and has started a new regimen of supplements, according to Sports Illustrated.
“He’s trying to get himself back to his normal life,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
“Michael is an important part of our team.
We have a lot of guys on the team that we have to keep in mind as we go through this process.”
The Islanders and Rangers have also been linked in recent weeks to defenseman Josh Bailey, the fourth-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft who has been linked to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bailey, 19, has not played a game since Feb. 18, when he was suspended by the NHL for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.
The New York Islanders selected Bailey in the second round of the 2015 draft.
Bailev, who has a reputation as a hard worker, was also suspended for five games in April for violating NHL drug policy.
Baicev was traded to Chicago in March, and the two sides have been in negotiations for a deal since.
Baieva is still under contract with the Blackhawks, but he will not be on the roster for the regular season.
Baiel is currently on an AHL contract, and he will join the Rangers in training camp.