Hockey History

Retro Rangers: Reminiscing with Steve Baker

Retro Rangers: Reminiscing with Steve Baker Steve Baker seemed destined to be the Rangers goaltender of the future after going undefeated in nine of his first ten starts in his NHL debut. Destiny had other p...

Retro Rangers: Book Review – Ice Wars

New York has had its share of great sports rivalries; Yankees – Mets, Jets – Giants, Dodgers – Giants, Knicks – Nets, but none have been more intense for both the fans and players alike than the four decade old...

Kings Celebrate 50!

“It was fifty years ago today, Red Kelly taught the boys to play; they’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile.” With apologies to the Fab Four, this is the lyric for October ...
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Goodbye, Mr. Hockey

Author’s Interview with Al Arbour January 16, 2008 MHD: “Mr. Arbour, I gotta ask you this question since you saw both men play. Who was better? Gordie or Gretzky?” Arbour: “Gordie!” MHD: “Why?” Arbo...

Hedberg: One of the Last to Call Howe “Teammate”

Gordie Howe, known by many as ‘Mr. Hockey’ passed away at the age of 88 on Friday after suffering from dementia and a series of strokes. Remembered as one of the best to ever lace them up in the National Hoc...

Retro Rangers: The Bathgate Trade

For many years Andy Bathgate was the Rangers’ lone superstar. A product of the same Guelph Biltmore pipeline that brought players like Harry Howell and Lou Fontinato to New York. Bathgate played 719 games over ...

Retro Rangers: Emile Francis Honored by USA Hockey

On December 17th Emile Francis was presented with the Wayne Gretzky International Award at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Boston. The award, which was established by the U.S. Hockey Hall of ...

Retro Rangers: The Night The Boomer went Ballistic!

It may have been five days before Christmas, but ‘peace on earth and good will toward men’ was the last thing on minds of the Rangers and Canadiens when they met at the Garden on Sunday night December 20, 1953....

Retro Rangers: Remembering Marcel Paille

Like many netminders of the pre-expansion era, Marcel Paille had the great misfortune of trying to break into the NHL during what many consider to be the Golden Age of Goaltending. Those were the days of the Or...