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Ott Heller

Ott Heller  (Hockey.  Born, Kitchener, Ont., June 2, 1910; died, Kitchener, Ont., June 16, 1980.) Ehrhardt Henry Heller was a defenseman who played 647 regular-season games for the Rangers (1931-46) and was a member of the 1933 and 1940 Stanley Cup champions.  Heller had a long career in the minors, notably in the A.H.L., playing […]

Roy Worters

Roy Worters (Hockey.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Oct. 19, 1900; died, Toronto, Ont., Nov. 7, 1957.)  Known as “Shrimp” because of his 5’3”, 135-pound stature, Roy Worters was also one of the best N.H.L. goaltenders of the 1920s and 1930s.  Worters was the goalie for the Pittsburgh amateur team that joined the N.H.L. in 1925.  On […]

Gump Worsley

Gump Worsley (Hockey.  Born, Montreal, P.Q., May 14, 1929; died, Beloeil, P.Q., Jan. 26, 2007.)  As a good goalie on mostly mediocre teams, Lorne John Worsley was the Rangers’ principal netminder for a decade.  (Once, when asked which team gave him the most trouble, he said, “The Rangers.”)  Worsley came to the Rangers in 1952-53 […]

Charles Wang

Charles Wang (Hockey.  Born, Shanghai, China, Aug. 19, 1944.)  Since coming to the U.S. in 1952, Charles B. Wang has become one of leading computer developers in the New York area. On Apr. 26, 2000, Wang and his partner, Sanjay Kumar, announced their purchase of the Islanders for $187.5 million even though he lists basketball […]

Bryan Trottier

Bryan Trottier (Hockey.  Born, Val Marie, Sask., July 17, 1956.)  Thought by many to be the best all-around forward ever for the Islanders, Bryan John Trottier is the team’s career leader in points with 1,353 in 1,123 games.  Trottier was an excellent passer who still scored 500 career goals in his 15 seasons (1975-90) with […]

John Tonelli

John Tonelli (Hockey.  Born, Hamilton, Ont., Mar. 23, 1957.)  When the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association folded, John A. Tonelli became the W.H.A.’s gift to the Islanders.  Tonelli went on to set a club record for scoring by a left wing (42 goals, 100 points) for the Isles in 1984-85.  Playing on the […]

Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson (Hockey.  Born, Winchester, Ont., June 2, 1951.)  An All-Star defenseman with Montreal, Larry Robinson served two terms as head coach of the Devils.  Robinson first became bench boss when Robbie Ftorek was fired Mar. 23, 2000, and Robinson was promoted from assistant coach.  He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup, the team’s […]

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart (Baseball.  Born, Fitchburg, MA, Sept. 26, 1894; died, Jamaica Plain, MA, Feb. 18, 1964.)  A man who coached a team to the Stanley Cup championship in the off-season, William J. Stewart was an N.L. umpire for nearly 22 seasons (1933-54).  Stewart coached the Chicago Blackhawks to the Cup in 1938 in his first year as […]

Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens (Hockey.  Born, Kitchener, Ont., Apr. 1, 1964.)  Considered by many to be the key to three Stanley Cup champions, defenseman Ronald Scott Stevens may be the most important compensation choice in N.H.L. history.  Stevens signed as a free agent with St. Louis from Washington and was named team captain in 1990.  When St. Louis […]

Billy Smith

Billy Smith (Hockey.  Born, Perth, Ont., Dec. 12, 1950.)  Of the Islanders who were in uniform for the team’s first game Oct. 7, 1972, at Nassau Coliseum, William John Smith was the last to retire.  A notably abrasive and aggressive standup goalie, Smith, who for the first half of his Islanders career shared the nets with Chico Resch, […]

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