Last member of '94 team retires
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03-24-2013, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Brooklyn, of course
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My Ranger memories go back to 1958.
Season ticket holder in the blueseats from 1969-1976.
I've raised two hardcore Ranger fans, one who is a regular poster here.
Met my wife going to a playoff game in 1970.
Still as fanatic a fan as ever, the Rangers have been one of the great passions of my life. Aside from personal events, 1994 is one of the highlights of my life and I will never, ever tire of it. Each time I see Matteau's goal, Richter's save, the last faceoff, Mess with the cup, it brings a smile to my face. Always will.
In 1991 we were camping in Newfoundland, met a family from there, and of course talked hockey. I recall telling them that when I was in my 20s, I used to joke that I would likely go through my whole
life without seeing the Rangers win the cup, but now that I was in my 40s, it wasn't a joke anymore.
So 94 is a big deal. I will never forget how ecstatic I was. Just watch a replay of Sam and JD as the game ended and after, watch the crowd and you will understand.
Kovy was one of my favorite players. What an incredible talent. His speed in game 6 against the Devs was just as important as Messier's goals. Yes he underachieved but if you just look at his stats, he is a borderline hall of famer. Another player with those stats and what he did in his career just might get in. But of course he won't and shouldn't. But what a transcendent, exuberant talent. Love the guy, thinking of him makes me smile even if he could have been so much more.
Now, if we could only win another!
Thanks, you really summed up the way I feel about that season. I was on top of the world all summer and still get a smile everything I think about it. It was truly a special season for me (and all Ranger fans). And Kovalev will always be a special player for me too. He brought real excitement to the ice.
One last memory: the next season--soon after that lockout ended--the Rangers played on the Island. There was a stoppage of play at the end of the period and as soon as I saw the clock, I held my breath. Why? It read 19:40. What happened? Absolutely nothing, no chanting, no catcalls, just silence. That's why 1994 will never get old, at least for me.
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