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Ron Greschner

Ron Greschner (Hockey.  Born, Goodsoil, Sask., Dec. 22, 1954.)  When the Rangers entered their period of consistently making the playoffs in the late 1970s, among the reasons for their consistency was Ron Greschner.  Greschner joined the Rangers near the end of the Emile Francis era as a slick, 19-year-old offensive defenseman and evolved into an occasional […]

Emile Francis

Emile Francis (Hockey.  Born, North Battleford, Sask., Sept. 13, 1926.)  As both general manager and coach, Emile (the Cat) Francis reshaped the New York Rangers into a strong, contending team in the National Hockey League during his nearly 12-year reign.  As a goaltender, Francis played sparingly in four seasons with the Rangers.  His true influence […]

Bill Chadwick

Bill Chadwick (Hockey.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 10, 1915; died, Cutchogue, NY, Oct. 24, 2009.)  Known affectionately as “the Big Whistle” to generations of Rangers fans, William Chadwick holds many unique distinctions, chief among them being that he was the first American-born referee in the National Hockey League. In 15 seasons, he worked over […]

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