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Neil Smith

Neil Smith (Executive.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Jan. 9, 1954.)  An all-America defenseman at Western Michigan, Neil Smith played two seasons in the Islanders farm system before becoming a scout for the team.  He moved to the Detroit Red Wings as director of professional scouting in 1982 and then became the director of scouting.  He also served […]

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky (Hockey.  Born, Brantford, Ont., Jan. 26, 1961.)  Already the greatest scorer in N.H.L. history, Wayne Gretzky signed with the Rangers as a free agent July 21, 1996, reuniting with his former Edmonton teammate Mark Messier, and together they helped the Rangers to the Stanley Cup semifinals in his first year with the club.  […]

Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito (Hockey.  Born, Sault Ste. Marie, Feb. 20, 1942.)  In his 13th season as one of the N.H.L.’s leading scorers, Philip Anthony Esposito was traded by Boston to the Rangers in a five-player deal Nov. 7, 1975 (along with Carol Vadnais for All-Stars Jean Ratelle and Brad Park, as well as Joe Zanussi) in what was […]

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell (Hockey.  Born, London, Ont., Jan. 28, 1953.)  A journeyman defenseman in a 12-year career in the W.H.A. and N.H.L., Colin John Campbell became the 28th head coach of the Rangers Aug. 9, 1994, succeeding Mike Keenan, who led them to the Stanley Cup that spring and then resigned.  Campbell got a late start on […]

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