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from Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star,
Playing hockey was his job, and he took his skills east to play with the New York Rangers’ farm team, the New York Rovers, of the Eastern Hockey League in 1946-47. He played in 47 games, scoring 19 goals and 37 points.
The following year, (Larry) Kwong would make hockey history, becoming the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL, when the Rangers suited him up for a game in Montreal against Rocket Richard and the Canadiens at the old Forum.
Kwong, a left winger, waited for two periods before Rangers coach Frank Boucher finally tapped him on the shoulder in the third period.
On March 13, 1948, Kwong hopped over the Forum boards, along with the Rangers’ top two scorers, Buddy O’Connor and Edgar Laprade, and into the record books.
His shift lasted one minute. He didn’t score and it was back to the bench, never again to play in the NHL.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Five weeks and 16 games of 9-5-2 hockey into his tenure, what stands out about John Tortorella’s crash course from behind the Rangers bench?
1: Well, the head coach’s oft-repeated pronouncements that he “isn’t an X’s and O’s guy,” and that the game “isn’t about X’s and O’s,” seem to be hogwash. Indeed, Tortorella appears to be every bit as much about using video to teach as was his predecessor, Tom Renney, not that that’s a bad thing.
Tortorella may encourage more instinctive play from his athletes than many of the league’s more defense-oriented coaches, and he might be a greater believer in the upside of risk/reward hockey than the individual he replaced, but Tortorella, too, has a system he teaches. It’s not freestyle hockey by any means.
“It must be something about the way Sean looks out there in his helmet, because people want to kill him but Sean was as disciplined and as focused as ever.
“I don’t want to sound corny about it, but I think we’re all proud of him.”
-Chris Drury on Sean Avery. More on the Rangers win over the Devils from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.
Hockey player, super pest, fashionista and now … bar owner?
New York Rangers forward and former Vogue intern Sean Avery is once again expanding the skills section of his resume, this time by venturing into sharing ownership duties at a new nightspot in Tribeca, a neighbourhood in lower Manhattan.
Reports indicate the most “hated man in hockey” and Rangers fan favourite will partner with club owner Matt Abramcyk and Chris Miller, a former art dealer, to open Warren 77, a bar and restaurant at 77 Warren St.
Abramcyk has described the new nightspot as a “sports bar meets country club” with a vintage sports theme.
Warren 77 seems like a serviceable name… but it’s got nothing on Puckface.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is the night at the Garden on which to focus on the big picture of playoff implications without ever allowing your vision to stray far from Brodeur’s crease whenever Avery is on the ice.
This is the night to keep your eyes on Bobby Holik if he’s on the ice with Avery, to keep your eyes on Lundqvist’s crease if the Devils choose to respond indirectly against Public Enemy No. 1, to keep your eyes on the officials, whose handling of their professional duties will come under strict scrutiny.
This, as always, is the night to keep your eyes on Avery, who has been Mr. Mxyzptlk to Brodeur’s Superman from the moment he joined the Battle of the Hudson on Feb. 6, 2007 and turned it into his own comic strip.
Rangers coach John Tortorella seems a bit frustrated after the Rangers lost to the Penguins today. Torts also discusses the five minute interference call on Colton Orr in the 3rd period.
Watch the interference call on Orr below…
from Stan Fischler of Game
On, Sidney, oh, Sidney Crosby, what pain might ye inflict on the Rangers?
You, too, Evgeni Malkin.
Then again, perhaps the Penguins are precisely the birds the Blueshirts require on Saturday afternoon after another species — this one is the kind that flies, called Thrashers — ruined the Rangers in a 5-4 Shootout that made Phillips Arena look more like a cuckoo’s nest on Thursday night.
The Penguin is a bigger bird than a Thrasher and, perhaps, such a foe is precisely what New York needs after blowing a 4-1 lead to an Atlanta team that looked all but extinct nearly two-thirds through the game.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Playing his best hockey — EVER! — as a Ranger, The Great Gabbo is making the homestretch look rosier for the Blueshirts every day and in every way; and that’s not a stretch either.
To avoid famine, a hockey club must feast and next on John Tortorella’s menu is a Thrasher named Atlanta to be served on Thursday in dear, old Georgia. And if Avery plays his all-rink game then, as he did on Tuesday at The Garden, the Thrasher will be sauteed and sliced….
New York’s gears have meshed so perfectly that the Sunday night loss to Ottawa seems so distant, so much an aberration, one might imagine that it happened in 1939.
Avery made forgetting Sunday possible by challenging Cal Clutterbuck in an old-fashioned first period sluggeroo. Each worthy doffed gloves and then — great stuff! — also their helmets in a who-cares-who-wins tilt that lifted The Garden a few feet off its moorings. For Gabbo it merely was the beginning of an MVP night.
more & watch the Avery/Clutterbuck battle below…
from Doug Fischer of the Ottawa Citizen,
By the time he arrived in New York last fall, however, Redden was only a shadow of that player. Everyone has a theory about why. The most popular suggests he’s never trained hard enough, relying instead on skills that eroded rapidly with age.
Whatever the reason, New Yorkers weren’t interested in anything except results. There is nothing they love more than a sports hero except, perhaps, the chance to excoriate a well-paid sports hero who is underachieving.
And that was Redden, whose Rangers play the Senators in New York tonight….
So when the team began to sputter in late November and New Yorkers went looking for a target, Redden was an easy bull’s-eye.
Led by (Larry) Brooks, said to be the most-read hockey writer in New York, the media began almost to delight in cataloguing his errors. By Feb. 15, and without a goal in 57 games, Redden was being referred to on radio and in print as GSF—Glen Sather’s Folly, Brooks’ shot at the general manager who signed him.
from Steve Zipay & Katie Strang of Newsday,
John Tortorella isn’t the only new face behind the Rangers’ bench. Assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld, who joined the coaching staff as an assistant for the rest of the season when Tortorella arrived, has been instrumental not only in helping Tortorella learn new personnel but in working with the defensemen, especially the younger ones, during the transition to a new system.
“It’s meant a lot because he’s played so many years in the NHL, he has so much experience and he’s been around the game for so long,” Dan Girardi said. “He really concentrates on the little things, the angles of your stick, the body positioning, things like that that really help you.”
Girardi’s defense partner, Marc Staal, said Schoenfeld’s vocal style has helped them adjust.
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