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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bill Jennings

Bill Jennings (Hockey, golf.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 1920; died, Byram, CT, Aug. 17, 1981.)  Distinguished by steel-gray hair and a suave demeanor, William Mitchell Jennings was the legal mastermind behind the acquisition of the controlling interest in Madison Square Garden by Graham-Paige Corp. from James D. Norris in 1960.  Jennings later served as […]

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 […]

Jim Norris

Jim Norris (Executive.  Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 6, 1906; died, Chicago, IL, Feb. 25, 1966.)  Although he lived virtually his entire life in his native Chicago, James Dougan Norris was noted in New York sports for a decade of major activity.  Following World War II service in the Navy (1942-45), Norris became co-owner of the […]

Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey (Hockey.  Born, Montreal, P.Q., Dec. 19, 1924; died, Montreal, P.Q., Dec. 26, 1989.)  After earning his status as the best defenseman of his era with Montreal (1947-61), Douglas Norman Harvey decided to become a playing coach for the Rangers.  On May 30, 1961, Harvey agreed to a contract that made him the franchise’s […]

Denis Potvin

Denis Potvin (Hockey.  Born, Ottawa, Ontario, Oct. 29, 1953.)  Thought by some to be the best all-around defenseman ever to play in the National Hockey League, Denis Potvin was the backbone of the New York Islanders teams that won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983.  Potvin was the first draft choice overall in […]

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