Messier. Leetch. Graves. Howell. Bathgate. Richter. Gilbert. Giacomin. These names will forever hang in the rafters at Madison Square Garden and next season there will be another name joining them: Ratelle. Jean Ratelle is one of the all-time greats in New York Rangers and National Hockey League history. He put up some eye-popping numbers during his time on both Blueshirts and the Boston Bruins. He was a part of one of the most famous lines in NHL history. Ratelle is not often spoken about in the same way as Messier, Leetch, and others are but he truly deserves his day in the sun.
Category Archives: Fulltilt Legends
There was a time that I would genuinely be excited about the All-Star Game. Sadly that time is gone and that’s just how the NHL wants it. When I was a pre-teen, my obsessions were simple, I collected packs of Hockey Cards, do my annual Panini Sticker Book, and prepare my VCR to tape the NHL All Star Weekend. Read more
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From 1917 to 1995, there was only one NHL player to wear 00 on the back of his jersey during games: John Davidson. In fact the only other NHL’er to ever wear the double-zeroes was Martin Biron in the 1995-96 season, before the league banned wearing 0 or 00 in 1998. Thus, the duo will be the only duo to foreseeably don the digits, with Davidson being the only Ranger to do so. Read more
Martin St. Louis is calling it a career today. His accomplishments alone are enough to get him into the Hall of Fame, but when you factor in his diminutive size they become all that more impressive. Read more
When you look back on the history of the Rangers, some pretty good goalies come to mind. Since the 70’s, the Rangers have been blessed with some special men between the pipes. There is Hall of Famer and fan favorite Eddie Giacomin, Stanley Cup champion Mike Richter and the Rangers current backstop, “The King”, Henrik Lundquist to name a few. Read more
American culture is quick with the catch phrase and American sports are no different. Phil Rizzuto had his signature “Holy Cow!”, Mel Allen had “How about that?!”, Michael Kay has “See ya!” and John Sterling has “TTTTHHHHEEEE YANKEEEESSSSSS WINNNNNN!”. Even the Rangers had their own with Bill Chadwick screaming, “Shoot the puck Barry! Shoot the Puck!” Read more
Quick! When you think of Ron Duguay what do you think of? The long curly hair? Played without a helmet? Pretty boy? Loud shirts? Studio 54? Well you would be right for the most part. But when you hear the name Ron Duguay you should also think of one heck of a hockey player; 40 goal scorer; charitable person; hockey analyst and more. Let’s take a look at the remarkable career and story of Rangers legend Ron Duguay. Read more
One look at Rod Gilbert and you see all what it means to be a legendary athlete in New York. He had the dashing good looks, the swagger in which he carried himself and the poise and humility to handle all that is the Big Apple. Read more
Tie Domi was born on November 1, 1969 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was chosen (27th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1988 NHL Draft. Domi made his NHL debut with the Leafs during the 1989-90 season. He appeared in 2 games yet somehow managed to accumulate 42 PIM!
Joey Kocur was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 21, 1964. He was drafted #88 overall in the 1983 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Kocur made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 1985-86 season and in 17 games he recorded 1 point (his 1st NHL goal) and had 64 PIM. He also appeared in 3 playoff games recording a goal and had 5 PIM.