100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters

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Wiley, Oct 12, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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In 1926, hockey fans welcomed the New York Rangers to the NHL. Since then, more than 900 players have worn the colors of the Rangers and won the devotion of fans in New York and beyond. 100 Ranger Greats is about the best of the best of these players—the legends of yesteryear and the heroes of today, the men whose accomplishments on the ice have thrilled fans for over eight decades.

But who are the best? Of the 900-plus players, who are the ones that stand out in the team’s storied history? Many are easily recognizable by even the most casual of hockey fans—Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jaromir Jagr are just a few of these superstars – but no team is made up of its stars alone. There are always the players who aren’t as well known in the public eye but who bring skills and character that make the whole team buzz and help to win championships. They might have played in the earliest days of media coverage—no websites, blogs or internet radio to raise their profiles to household names. Players like Andy Aitkenhead, Arnie Brown or Lorne Chabot to name just three.

Through research and personal interviews, and with the addition of over 200 color and black and white photos, 100 Ranger Greats presents personal profiles that combine statistics with personal and often humorous stories so that the reader gets a real understanding of that man’s life as a player in the National Hockey League and with the New York Rangers.

A richly illustrated history and a fascinating and entertaining look at a cast of colorful characters, 100 Ranger Greats is for the young fan who wants to learn about the New York Rangers history and the veteran looking for stories about the players they grew up with. For every Rangers fan who wants to know their team and its history better, this is the book.

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About the author (2009)

Russ Cohen is a die-hard sports fan and co-host of two hockey programs on XM Satellite Radio. He is one of the founders of a highly visited network of websites at www.sportsology.net and has hosted live webcasts from the NHL All-Star Game, the NHL Entry Draft, the Heritage Classic, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has also contributed to NHL.com and Goalie News magazine. Cohen lives in Glassboro, New Jersey.

The author of three previous books about the Rangers and a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, John Halligan spent 24 years with the New York Rangers as Public Relations Director, Business Manager and Vice President of Communications. He lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Adam Raider's career as a journalist began in 1997 at The Winsted Journal newspaper. Since then, he has covered the NHL for numerous publications including The Hockey News, Hockey Business News, Hockey Digest and Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal. Raider is also a former columnist and contributing editor at the New England Hockey Journal. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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