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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 […]

Deb Kaufman

Deb Kaufman Placey (Sportscaster.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 17, 1966.)  Inspired by pioneer ESPN anchor Gayle Gardner, Deb Kaufman set out to become a sports anchor, joining ESPN as a production assistant in 1988.  Starting in 1990, Kaufman moved to four broadcast stations in just over three years, going from Marion, Ill., to WPRI-TV […]

Harry Howell

Harry Howell (Hockey.  Born, Hamilton, Ont., Dec. 28, 1932.)  The career leader in games played for the Rangers (1,160), Henry Vernon Howell was a solid, stay-at-home defenseman who only once scored more than seven goals in his 17 seasons with the team.  Howell came to the Rangers in 1952 from Cincinnati (A.H.L.) as a product […]

Thom Morrera

Thom Morrera (Public address. Born, White Plains, NY, Dec. 16, 1945; died, New York, Aug. 18, 2012.) From director of music programming at Madison Square Garden, Thom Morrera, arock-and-roll disc jockey famed for handling the overnight shift on WNEW-FM in the 1970s and ’80s, became the public address announcer for the Rangers (1986-93), succeeding Carl Martin. Morrera […]

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 […]

Bryan Hextall, Sr.

Bryan Hextall, Sr. (Hockey.  Born, Grenfell, Sask., July 31, 1913; died, Portage La Prairie, Man., July 24, 1984.)  As a right wing and a solid 180 pounds, Bryan Aldwyn Hextall was a key piece in the superb Rangers teams of the pre-World War II era that won the Stanley Cup in 1940.  In a career […]

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 […]

John Halligan

John Halligan (Pulbic relations.  Born, Englewood, NJ, Feb. 25, 1941; died, Franklin Lakes, NJ, Jan. 20, 2010.)  Long associated with the Rangers, John Thomas Halligan became the resident historian of hockey in New York as an executive with the N.H.L.  Halligan came to the Rangers out of Fordham in 1963 as assistant to club publicist Herb […]

Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch (Hockey. Born, Corpus Christi, TX, Mar. 3, 1968.) Inhabiting the rarified atmosphere as one of the premier defensemen in N.H.L. history, Brian Leetch was named the 23rd captain of the Rangers Oct. 3, 1997. He had already won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best backliner twice (1992, 1997) and was perenially on […]

Bucko McDonald

Bucko McDonald (Hockey. Born, Fergus, Ont., Oct. 31, 1911; died, July 21, 1991.) A defenseman who finished his 12-year career with the Rangers, Wilfred Kennedy McDonald was later a long-time member of Canada’s national parliament. During his two seasons with the Blueshirts, McDonald scored 11 points each season, with seven goals (five in 1943-44) in […]

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