Congratulations to the New York Rangers as they move on in the NHL playoffs with their 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators last night taking the series, 4-3.

As a kid, I wasn’t much of a hockey fan but I had friends that played it and loved it.

I recall the roller hockey games over at the 9th street bandshell and from time-to-time and you’d see kids playing on the streets of Windsor Terrace.

When I think of the Rangers the following things come to mind:

The late Drew Thomas; a fine man who was a passionate Rangers fan.

‘Shoot the Puck Barry’…

Going over to Manhattan in the 80’s to watch Ranger-Islander games on cable TV

Mark Messier

Adam Graves

Brian Leetch

Ron Duguay

Mike Richter

Madison Square Garden

Peter Nedved

Marv Albert announcing games on radio




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7 Responses to SHOOT THE PUCK BARRY!

  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Brian Leetch was in my class at Boston College before he left early for the Olympics and then went on to the Rangers. A quiet kid back then, kept a very low profile. During his first few years in the league he often came up to school in the off season to hang out, and always acted very classy, a very down to earth guy.

    I’m loving this year’s playoffs with two more BC boys, Chris Kreider and Brain Boyle, both of whom won National Championships in college.

  2. David Cullen says:

    Steve, if I recall, during my middle school and high school years, didn’t the New York Islanders have one of the better hockey dynasties of the last 1/2 century, I think, between 1979 and 1983, or somewhere around there (I’ll need to google it). Never much of a hockey player myself, but remember some of the names from that Islander team, such as Dennis Potvin. In the neighborhood, I remember guys who played it, such as Kenny Reed and some other guys. I like watching the playoffs sometimes, but never really got into playing it.

  3. Jack Kelly says:

    Big Ranger fan. I remember sitting as a kid watching a Rangers – Blackhawks game and thinking the clock in the Blackhawks arena was broken because everytime they showed the score the clock over the scoreboard was off an hour. The memories that come back to you as you get older are amazing.

  4. Big New York Rangers fan 🙂

  5. Glenn Thomas says:

    I remember those days watching the Ranger games on WOR-9 with my brother Drew in the living room of our home. Some nights the Islanders would come on WOR-9 right after The Rangers’ game via tape delay. We loved watching those games and listening to Jim Gordon and The “Big Whistle” Bill Chadwick on the Ranger telecasts. Those two made us laugh to no end!! Many memories that come to mind but one was when the Rangers one late night played The Kings out in LA in a playoff game and they had a bench clearing brawl. Rangers had Beck, Hospodar, Kostopoulos. Even Nick Fotiu who was a scratch that night got into it from the stands! My brother and I were mesmerized by that game and that brawl. Great times watching those games!

  6. Don C says:

    David. Yes the Islanders won four Stanley Cups in a row from 1980-1983. Simply the best hockey team ever to lace up skates

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