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Brian Boyle 05-15-2012 02:25 PM

Presidential Call To Conn Smyth Winner?
 
I was watching some old footage the other day, and after the Rangers won in 1994, Bill Clinton called Brian Leetch to congratulate him.

Is this a tradition, and can I assume it didn't take place last year?

Ruotsalainen29 05-15-2012 02:26 PM

Doubt it. Obama is too busy hiring more TSA agents.

"Grope and Change"

VinnyC 05-15-2012 02:26 PM

I don't know for sure, but Leetch getting a call might've had to do with the fact he was the first American-born player to be the playoffs MVP

Kane One 05-15-2012 02:26 PM

Clinton shows up to a lot of Ranger games. If he's even a Ranger fan (or one at the time), maybe that has something to do with it.

SnowblindNYR 05-15-2012 02:27 PM

Well I'm sure if Obama called Thomas it was a short conversation with Obama doing the talking and Thomas hanging up. :laugh:

FromTheSide 05-15-2012 02:28 PM

In b4 tim thomas jokes. EDIT - God damnit.

Kind of weird for the president to call for that to begin with, actually.

Thordic 05-15-2012 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by FromTheSide (Post 49735103)
Kind of weird for the president to call for that to begin with, actually.

Clinton is a hockey fan, and for some reason has a connection to NYC. So in that circumstance, it made sense.

Ruotsalainen29 05-15-2012 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Thordic (Post 49735137)
Clinton is a hockey fan, and for some reason has a connection to NYC. So in that circumstance, it made sense.

I'm pretty sure he lives in Chappaqua, NY (Westchester County).

irishlaxburger2 05-15-2012 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Ruotsalainen29 (Post 49735275)
I'm pretty sure he lives in Chappaqua, NY (Westchester County).

He moved there after his Presidency though, and very much for Hillary's political aspirations.

His ties to NY were not very strong during his Presidency. He's an Arkansas boy.

hof2120 05-15-2012 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by irishlaxburger2 (Post 49735391)
He moved there after his Presidency though, and very much for Hillary's political aspirations.

His ties to NY were not very strong during his Presidency. He's an Arkansas boy.

Do they even know what hockey is down there?

poeman 05-15-2012 02:37 PM

Clinton is a Rangers fan, he comes to MSG to see the team

SwedishBullet62 05-15-2012 02:38 PM

As if obama knows anything about hockey:laugh:

tony d 05-15-2012 02:38 PM

Not sure if Obama's a hockey fan anyway so I don't see him calling the Conn Smythe winner.

Embryo* 05-15-2012 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by -31- (Post 49734957)
I was watching some old footage the other day, and after the Rangers won in 1994, Bill Clinton called Brian Leetch to congratulate him.

Is this a tradition, and can I assume it didn't take place last year?

I am pretty sure this is because Leetch was the FIRST American born hockey player to win the Conn Smyth, and thus a pretty big deal to Americans.

Embryo* 05-15-2012 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by VinnyC (Post 49735027)
I don't know for sure, but Leetch getting a call might've had to do with the fact he was the first American-born player to be the playoffs MVP

Yes exactly, I am shocked no one else put 2 and 2 together.

Ozz 05-15-2012 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Rangerdanger20 (Post 49735579)
As if obama knows anything about hockey:laugh:

His wife might, she was in the "Hockey is for everyone" commercials after all :sarcasm:

Brian Boyle 05-15-2012 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Embryo (Post 49735751)
Yes exactly, I am shocked no one else put 2 and 2 together.

first of all, that's 4. There are 15 posts in the thread and 3 of them are addressing that point, so I'd say your easily shocked.

Telos 05-15-2012 02:52 PM

Maybe if Chicago had won the cup, but I doubt if any of the remaining 4 win they will get a Presidential call. Just the usual White House visit and photo op.

GregSirico 05-15-2012 03:02 PM

Clinton actually shows up to quite a bit of Ranger games. :handclap:

Reverend Mayhem 05-15-2012 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Embryo (Post 49735751)
Yes exactly, I am shocked no one else put 2 and 2 together.

If it means anything, I came here to post that.

Leetch was an American player, on an American team, won the Cup, first American to win the Conn Smythe. Doesn't take rocket appliances to figure this one out.

FormerRedwingFan 05-15-2012 03:28 PM

How cool would it be to get a call from the president! You know you are **** when that happens :yo:

FrozenFloor 05-15-2012 03:45 PM

So wait, why did Clinton call in '94.. Somebody needs to clear this up. Quickly. Is it because he was born in Arkansas? Was it for Hilarys political aspirations?

Devil Dancer 05-15-2012 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by GregSirico (Post 49736637)
Clinton actually shows up to quite a bit of Ranger games. :handclap:

That's actually a big surprise to me. Clinton never went to Caps games until they made it to the finals in '98. Then, in game 3 or game 4 he was interviewed during intermission, and didn't seem to have a clue about the game.

Maybe that's what converted him? Seeing the Red Wings paste the Caps? :dunno:

GWOW 05-15-2012 04:10 PM

The 1994 Stanley Cup was front page news all over the country, not just NY. The 54-year "curse" had everybody transfixed for or against the Rangers.

On top of that, not much else was going on around the country. Then OJ happened and current events went to ****.

Thordic 05-15-2012 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Devil Dancer (Post 49738745)
That's actually a big surprise to me. Clinton never went to Caps games until they made it to the finals in '98. Then, in game 3 or game 4 he was interviewed during intermission, and didn't seem to have a clue about the game.

Maybe that's what converted him? Seeing the Red Wings paste the Caps? :dunno:

He has a lot more free time now, I'm sure he was pretty busy when he was actually president and all.

And he "works" in NYC. I'm not sure how much actual work he does these days, but his offices are in NYC so he's at least in the city a decent amount of the time.


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