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Retro Rangers: The Big Guy

My father used to call me whenever the Rangers made a big trade, so on the night of November 2nd, 1979 the phone rang and I heard him say two words: Bar-ry Beck, stressing each syllable for emphasis. Pop wa...

Retro Rangers: Emile Francis and the Goal Judge

Goal judges are a part of hockey’s proud and sometimes innocent past. They have been replaced in the NHL by cameras and video reviews in the War Room in Toronto and perhaps it’s safer that way. Arthur Reiche...

Retro Rangers: Reminiscing with Teddy Irvine

Teddy Irvine was the kind of gritty, character player that every team needs, no matter what era you’re talking about. He was a relentless checker, had good speed for a man of his size (6’2’’ 195 pounds) and...

Retro Rangers: Howie Meeker Interview (Part 2)

Retro Rangers: What do you think about the Players Union? Howie Meeker: "Well as far as I’m concerned they’re doing a hell of a job. I played eight years in the NHL. For five of those years I put 1/3 of my s...

Retro Rangers: The Howie Meeker Interview Part 1

With the Stanley Cup playoffs underway, the spotlight is on the NHL and its many problems, both on and off the ice, even more than usual. So I thought it would be a good idea to step outside of the Retro Ra...

Retro Rangers: Another Kind of Winter Classic

On Sunday February 9th, 1969 the Northeast was hit with a snowstorm that started in the Carolina’s and moved up the coast. Weather forecasters confidently predicted that the precipitation would change to ra...

Retro Rangers: Emile’s Big Decision

One of the first things that Emile Francis did when he took over the Rangers was to shore up their goaltending situation. He knew that Jacques Plante wasn’t the answer, so he acquired Eddie Giacomin from Pr...

Retro Rangers: Win Elliot

Very often our first memories of a sport are accompanied by the faces and voices that brought that sport into our homes. For me Win Elliot was definitely one of those faces and voices. Before the days of...

Retro Rangers: Emile’s Glove Story

  The equipment that goaltenders use has undergone quite a few style and design changes through the years. The pads and gloves are lighter and certainly more colorful than they were just a few decad...

Retro Rangers: Hail to “The Chief”

Jim “The Chief” Neilson was one of the most dependable yet underrated defensemen the Rangers ever had. Neilson wasn’t flashy but he got the job done and his teammates certainly appreciated his skill and ...