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03-30-2012, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by mahonistan View Post
My grandfather said the Rangers/Americans rivalry was one of the greatest sports rivalries he ever saw. The players all genuinely hated each other. Just because it is in the past does not mean it is not a great rivalry. Had the Maroons building not burned down, we might still be seeing them in the NHL today.
All the textual and anecdotal recollection of the rivalry paints it as one of the most bitter, personal, and dynamic rivalries in the sport's history.

And the two franchises had two completely unique personalities.

The Amerks were deeply rooted in mafia ties.

The Rangers were a bunch of anonymous faces thrown together and they bonded so well they became a dominant multi-championship team.

The Americans not only resented it, but it literally destroyed them. They couldn't compete at the gate, and they lost their top players to the war.

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