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05-15-2012, 02:25 PM
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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?

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

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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

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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.

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

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In b4 tim thomas jokes. EDIT - God damnit.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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?

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

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As if obama knows anything about hockey

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

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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.

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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.

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As if obama knows anything about hockey
His wife might, she was in the "Hockey is for everyone" commercials after all

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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 ****.

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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?
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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