Kevin Shattenkirk Joins These Homegrown Athletes Playing For Local Teams

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Most kids who play sports dream of one day suiting up for their at least one of their hometown teams. Sometimes that dream actually comes true.

That happened last weekend when New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk signed a four-year, $26.6 million contract with the New York Rangers, reportedly passing on better offers in order to come home.

“This was an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream — an opportunity that may only come once in my career — and I felt this was my chance,” Shattenkirk said.

Here’s a look at some other athletes from the New York City metro area who currently play for local teams:

ROBBY ANDERSON
The Jets wide receiver was born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and spent part of his childhood in Teaneck before moving to South Florida, where he attended high school.

CARMELO ANTHONY

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Knicks star was born in Brooklyn and spent several years of his childhood there before moving to Baltimore.

DELLIN BETANCES
Betances was born in Washington Heights and attended Progress High School in Brooklyn. The 29-year-old Yankees reliever was selected to his fourth All-Star Game this week.

JAY BROMLEY
The Giants defensive tackle was born in Jamaica, Queens, and played for Flushing High School, where he had 40 sacks and 300 total tackles.

JONATHAN CASILLAS

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The Patriots’ Danny Amendola, left, is tackled by the Giants’ Jonathan Casillas in the final minutes of the game at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Giants linebacker was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a first-team All-State player at New Brunswick High School.

RANDY FOYE
The free agent guard, who played for the Nets last season, was born and raised in Newark. While playing for East Side High School, he was named New Jersey’s Player of the Year for the 2001-02 season.

BEN IJALANA
The Jets offensive tackle is from North Brunswick, New Jersey, and starred at Rancocas Valley High, where he was a two-way player as well as a district champion wrestler.

SEAN KILPATRICK
The Nets guard averaged 28.4 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists over his four-year career at White Plains High School.

KEITH KINKAID
The Devils’ backup goalie was born in Farmingville, Long Island, and attended Sachem High School East. He also played for Union College in Schenectady. Last week, Kinkaid signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension with the Devils.

STEVEN MATZ

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New York Mets’ Steven Matz throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 28, 2017. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The Mets pitcher was born in Stony Brook, Long Island, and attended Ward Melville High School in East Setauket.

JOAKIM NOAH
The son of former French tennis player Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, Noah, who joined the Knicks last season, was born in New York City and played at the United Nations International School in Manhattan and Poly Prep in Brooklyn.

KYLE O’QUINN
The backup center/power forward for the Knicks was born in Jamaica, Queens. He did not begin playing basketball until his junior year at Campus Magnet in Cambria Heights.

KYLE PALMIERI

Kyle Palmieri

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, left, passes the puck against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 24, 2017, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Devils right winger was born in Smithtown, Long Island, and raised in Montvale, New Jersey. He helped St. Peter’s Prep reach the state final in 2007.

T.J. RIVERA
Rivera grew up in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx and played for Herbert H. Lehman High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. According to a 2016 New York Times article, Rivera rooted for the Yankees growing up, although he said he also liked the Mets.

STEVEN SANTINI
The Devils defenseman is a native of Mahopac and played in high school for Kennedy/Putnam Valley.

LANCE THOMAS
Thomas, now a reserve forward for the Knicks, led St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark to state championships in both his junior and senior seasons. He lived in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and was born in Brooklyn.

ISAIAH WHITEHEAD
The Nets guard played at Lincoln High School in Coney Island before starring at Seton Hall.

MUHAMMAD WILKERSON
The Jets’ Pro Bowl defensive end was born and raised in Linden, New Jersey. At Linden High School, he played both defensive end and tight end. He was also on the basketball team.

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