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Bill Torrey

(Hockey. Born, Montreal, PQ, June 23, 1932.)  A hockey executive, William Arthur Torrey played a leading role in constructing one the most successful  dynasties in New York sports history. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, Torrey worked for the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets. He then became vice president of the NHL’s year-old Oakland Seals before the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mark Messier

Mark Messier (Hockey. Born, Edmonton, Alta., Jan. 18, 1961.) Even though he helped the Oilers of his native Edmonton to five Stanley Cup championships from 1984-90, Mark Douglas Messier “came home” when signed as a free agent with the Rangers July 13, 2000. Almost three years earlier, he had left the Rangers, whom he had […]

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