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Retro Rangers: Reminiscing with Sal Messina

In 1973, Sal Messina became the color analyst on Rangers radio broadcasts working with play-by-play man Marv Albert. It was the natural progression for the Queens native who had been involved in hockey and the ...
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Retro Rangers: The Long Journey with Dad

Their journey began more than 50 years ago when a young father took his very small son by the hand and led him to New York City and to a dark, smoky place with a lot of steps and a bright white sheet of ice at ...
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The Stress and Strain of a Stanley Cup Run

The playoffs are not for the faint of heart. They are an emotional roller coaster ride for both the players and the fans. But at least the players have some control over their destiny. The fans can only sit, st...
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Retro Rangers: The 1973-74 Semifinals

Forty years ago, in the spring of 1974 the Ranges and Flyers met for the first time in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There have been many “Amtrak Series” since then, but the first one was quite memorable. The Ra...
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Retro Rangers: Jiggs and Da Boom

Jiggs McDonald is probably best known for his many years behind the mic calling New York Islander games. But before that he was the play-by-play voice of the L.A. Kings and Atlanta Flames. And it was while he w...
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The Day the Habs Came to Paramus

Early one morning in the spring of 1974, I noticed a little blurb in the Rangers Notes section of the paper that the Montreal Canadiens would be practicing that morning at the Bergen Mall Ice Arena in Param...
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A Day and Night to Remember

Like many that have come before and after, the Ranger’s 1969-70 season was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The Blueshirts had spent the first 3 ½ months of the season in first place, posting an i...
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Retro Rangers: Rangers Sign a Living Legend!

Reading recently that the Rangers were on the verge of signing Swedish ace Jesper Fast, their sixth round pick in the 2010 amateur draft, reminded me of a similar episode twenty years ago. I was writing and edi...