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An Interview with Adam Raider

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.

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