Congratulations to the New York Rangers. Great game seven win last night against the Washington Caps on the road!
Spoke to a friend on Sunday and during our chat they brought up hockey. “You never write about hockey,” they said.
They were curious as to why I didn’t write about it. Tell you the truth, I wasn’t much of a hockey player or a fan. So with it being playoff time in the NHL and the Rangers winning last night (I actually watched the game instead of an NBA playoff game) I figured I would pen a few words about the sport.
As a kid, I wasn’t much of a hockey fan but I had friends that played it and loved it. I always recall them playing at the ninth street bandshell in Prospect Park and down on tenth avenue.
The late Drew Thomas (older brother of Glenn) was a great hockey player. I also remember Kenny Reed from 15th street being a huge hockey guy. I think he was the only one in my grade with goalie equipment. Mr. Mussa, my fifth grade teacher at Holy Name was always talking about hockey too.
I recall going over to Manhattan in the 80′s to watch Ranger-Islander games on cable TV because we still didn’t have it in the neighborhood. A few guys from McBears or Farrell’s would drive over and Glenn and I would hop in a car and go with them.
It was a lot of fun back in the day watching the Rangers and Islanders battle each other. But last night was the “icing” on the cake.