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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 [...]

Mel Woody

Mel Woody (Sportswriter.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 18, 1922; died, Anderson, SC, Mar. 15, 2007.)  As the last writer for the Newark Evening News to cover the baseball Giants, Esteen Melvin Woody also was the last to cover the Mets before the paper folded Aug. 31, 1972.  Woody joined the News in 1947 as [...]

Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff (Sportscaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1920.)  Acknowledged as the longest-running sportscaster in television history, Robert A. Wolff has been on the New York sports scene since 1954.  Wolff began in Washington, D.C., in 1946 with the old DuMont Network.  He became the Knicks television voice in 1954, beginning an association with [...]

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 [...]

Jean Ratelle

Jean Ratelle (Hockey.  Born, Lac Ste. Jean, P.Q., Oct. 3, 1940.)  An ankle fracture cost him part of what is, by one measure (points per game), still the greatest point-scoring season in Rangers history, but Joseph Gilbert Yves Jean Ratelle remains among the best centers ever to play for the team.  In 1971-72, Ratelle had 46 [...]

John Reed Kilpatrick

John Reed Kilpatrick (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, June 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1960.)  An end who earned All-America honors at Yale in 1909 and 1910, John Reed Kilpatrick was a military officer, a construction executive, a boxing promoter, president of the Rangers for the better part of three decades, and [...]

Ching Johnson

Ching Johnson (Hockey.  Born, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dec. 7, 1897; died, Silver Spring, MD, June 16, 1979.)  As the backbone of the defense that helped the New York Rangers win two Stanley Cups (1928 and 1933), Ivan Johnson ranks as one of the finest backliners in hockey annals.  Ching was anything but polite, however, leading the [...]

Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan (Hockey.  Born, Whitby, Ont., Oct. 21, 1949.)  In their long and not always illustrious history dating from 1926, only once have the Rangers finished with the N.H.L.’s best regular season record and then gone on to win the Stanley Cup.  That year was 1993-94 and their coach that year – and only that [...]

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