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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 […]

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 […]

Stan Saplin

Stan Saplin (Public address.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 12, 1914; died, New York, NY, Mar. 1, 2002.)  One of the most respected figures in the New York sports field, Stanley Saplin became most identified with New York University during his long career. However, he also served such varied  organizations as the New York Rangers, the […]

Bunk MacBeth

Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New […]

Tommy Gorman

Tommy Gorman (Hockey.  Born, Ottawa, Ont., June 9, 1886; died, Ottawa, Ont., May 15, 1961.)  Among the most influential figures in bringing the N.H.L. to the United States, Thomas Patrick Gorman was also the business manager of seven teams that won the Stanley Cup.  Gorman was deputized by N.H.L. president Frank Calder to expand the N.H.L. […]

Red Foley

Red Foley (Baseball.  Born, Flushing, NY, Dec. 26, 1928; died, Flushing, NY, July 13, 2008.)  As the premier official scorer of his time, Arthur Stephen Foley worked 10 World Series in the 20-year span from 1981-2001.  Foley, who also spent over 35 years in the sports department of the Daily News, began scoring games in […]

Ron Duguay

Ron Duguay (Hockey.  Born, Sudbury, Ont., July 6, 1957.)  With his boyish good looks, bouffant hair, and choppy skating style, Ron Duguay was among the most popular Rangers during his two tours with the team.  A center and right wing, Duguay was the Rangers’ No. 2 pick in the 1977 amateur draft (No. 13 overall) and […]

Bill Cook

Bill Cook (Hockey.  Born, Brantford, Ont., Oct. 9, 1896; died, Kingston, Ont., May 5, 1986.)  A five-time All-Star and twice National Hockey League scoring champion, William Oscar Cook was the original sharp-shooting right wing for the New York Rangers and helped drive them to a pair of Stanley Cups (1928, 1933).  Cook, whose linemates were […]

Hal Bock

Hal Bock (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, May 11, 1939.)  A principal sports columnist for The Associated Press, Harold I. Bock is thought to have covered more World Series and Super Bowls than any other A.P. writer.  Bock began covering both events in 1968 and by 1980 began writing columns.  He became a columnist full-time […]

Andy Bathgate

Andy Bathgate (Hockey.  Born, Winnipeg, Man., Aug. 18, 1932.)  Andrew James Bathgate is still thought by many to be one of the best players in the New York Rangers’ post-World War II history, even though many of the records he set in a 12-year career as right wing no longer stand.  Bathgate played 18 games […]

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