Entries with the tag: 100 ranger greats
Russ Cohen, creator of Sportsology, host of Hockey Prospect Radio on NHL Home Ice, and one of the authors of 100 Ranger Greats was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk the NHL season at the quarter point.
PH: So, we are just past the quarter pole of the NHL season. What are some of your general early thoughts?
RC: I think it’s been an exciting season so far. It seems as though fighting is on the rise and fans like that and it seems like the Western Conference is stronger than the East so far.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
RC: Atlanta. I had a great conversation with GM Rick Dudley at the rink. How many GM’s still scout? He’s made some shrewd moves and it’s paying off. I love Tampa as well. Steve Yzerman has injected hope into the franchise. The Red Wings are still the most impressive team in the game and that’s amazing considering the age of some of their players.
With the Rangers’ season officially over, I figured now would be as good a time as any to interview Adam Raider, one of the author’s of 100 Ranger Greats, a terrific book on the Blueshirts.
Adam was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the sport, how he started covering the sport, which outlets he has written for, his thoughts on the book and working with John Halligan and last but not least, his thoughts on the current disappointing Rangers’ squad.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
AR: I grew up 20 minutes from Yankee Stadium, idolized Reggie Jackson, and collected baseball cards. As a kid, I had no awareness of hockey. By the time I was a teenager, I had essentially stopped following sports of any kind (you can thank George Lucas for that).
But a funny thing happened when I got to college. First, I discovered grain alcohol. Then I discovered hockey. Some of my roommates were big fans of the sport, and I got into it through them. It very quickly became an obsession, particularly the history of the game. I had never heard of people like Marcel Dionne, Terry Sawchuk, Stan Mikita, or “Phantom Joe” Malone, so I read about them and all the legends of yesteryear. Then I memorized records and statistics. I think I can still name every Stanley Cup champion from 1961 to the present. I could … but I won’t.
No, I do not have an answer for that but there are three guys that do - Russ Cohen, John Halligan, and Adam Raider, authors of the new New York Ranger book 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters.
If you’re a die-hard Ranger fan, you should absolutely get this book in stores or at Amazon.com and take the time to read it.
What makes this book so interesting as it is filled with terrific Rangers, great pictures (some never before seen photos), tremendous quotes and it really gives you a sense of pride of being a Ranger fan. This should not come as a surprise because Halligan, a former New York Rangers Public Relations Director and NHL Executive, has been able to do that in all of his books about the Blueshirts.