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08-23-2007, 10:34 AM
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Best 5:

Fotiu
Kurtenbach
Kocur
Fontinado
Langdon

Top 5 Hated By Me:

Caufield
Oliwa
McKenna (he was a great guy though)
Jeff Brubaker
Eric Cairns (sucked as a Ranger)

Best 5 Blips on the Radar Screen:

Chris Simon (my favorite all time fighters; was great here)
George McPhee (the little man who could!)
Bert Wilson (he was destructive in one season)
Tie Domi (unforgettable)
I really like Brad Brown for 1 season for some reason


Favorite 5 Warriors:

Jeff Beukeboom
Adam Graves
Jay Wells
Matt Barnaby
Brad Park

Craziest S.O.B.:

Dale Purinton

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08-23-2007, 10:38 AM
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Best 5:

Fotiu
Kurtenbach
Kocur
Fontinado
Langdon

Top 5 Hated By Me:

Caufield
Oliwa
McKenna (he was a great guy though)
Jeff Brubaker
Eric Cairns (sucked as a Ranger)

Best 5 Blips on the Radar Screen:

Chris Simon (my favorite all time fighters; was great here)
George McPhee (the little man who could!)
Bert Wilson (he was destructive in one season)
Tie Domi (unforgettable)
I really like Brad Brown for 1 season for some reason


Favorite 5 Warriors:

Jeff Beukeboom
Adam Graves
Jay Wells
Matt Barnaby
Brad Park

Craziest S.O.B.:

Dale Purinton
Simon had a great serason in NY. For a guy who was labeled "washed up" he had something like 16 majors, and won most of them. His fight w/McNeil was classic.

Brad Brown is a good mention too. I was a always big fan of his. He had some good wars with Oliwa. His fight with Reed Low was also classic. Right out of the penalty box, he bloodies Low at center ice. Guy was very underrated.

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08-23-2007, 10:43 AM
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08-23-2007, 11:00 AM
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as a side issue....that was a great team we had in 79 and only beaten by a legendary team is nothing to be ashamed of.

Tkaczuk, Espo, Vadnais, Gresh,Vicks, Dugay, Larouche? hickey,


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08-23-2007, 11:08 AM
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as a side issue....that was a great team we had and only beaten by a legendary one is nothing to be ashamed of.

Tkaczuk, Espo, Vadnais, Gresh,Vicks, Dugay, Larouche? hickey,
Lucien Deblois, Eddie Johnstone, Mario Marios, and of course...JD!

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08-23-2007, 11:31 AM
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Anyone remember Beck one shoting Bert Wilson and opening him up bad? man beck when mad was a animal. Gresh was tuff sob but just wasn't mean enough.

Simon did do a great job in NY.
Dale I always loved but i didn't bring him up because so many of you guys hate him but you need that crAZy guy once in a while to shake things up.
Think of all the tuff guys the Rangers traded away over the years also

Jim Cummings
Denis Vial
Moose Dupount
and 100's more

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08-23-2007, 11:33 AM
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Anyone remember Beck one shoting Bert Wilson and opening him up bad? man beck when mad was a animal. Gresh was tuff sob but just wasn't mean enough.

Simon did do a great job in NY.
Dale I always loved but i didn't bring him up because so many of you guys hate him but you need that crAZy guy once in a while to shake things up.
Think of all the tuff guys the Rangers traded away over the years also

Jim Cummings
Denis Vial
Moose Dupount
and 100's more

Like Terry Carkner, Ryan Vandenbussche, and Mark Janssens!

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08-23-2007, 12:15 PM
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Ryan Vandenbussche got his job with the Rangers by fight Langdon in AHL 8 times in one season and Neil Smith fell in love with the guy.

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08-23-2007, 01:23 PM
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Thaks London.

Only reason I left Boxcar off the list was he had two bad back to back fight seasons after a great rookie season. He lost to Sutter 2x, McIlhargy, Randy Holt, Glen Cochrane, Paul Holmgren, Bobby Nystrom, and got viciously KO'd by Nystrom.

His KO over Battle Kelley was awesome though. But what happend to him after that? I was a kid then, and have some of his fights on video. Had good hands, but seemed to struggle in the fight department against known fighters.
BOXCAR is one of my favorite Rangers of all time, despite a very brief career....He was a nutjob, a great teamate, a dirty sneaky *******, and he would fight anybody for the Rangers...In 79-80 and 80-81 he had absolutley no help fighting/protection department until Fotiu came in for part of the 80-81 season....Unfortunately the fact of the matter is that he really wasn't a great fighter..and the Gillies incident really took it's toll on him..But he never stopped beig a nutjob (the MTL-FLyer PO game for instance)

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08-23-2007, 01:55 PM
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Ryan KO's Krypreos...

I think it was in preseason too - that was pretty scary for Nick.

LM - I'm with you on Hospador. I actually think I just liked hearing Chadwick say his name sometimes. It just sounded cool, like Buekeboom.

London - didn't think Larouche came on until about 80/81, but I could be wrong.

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08-23-2007, 02:28 PM
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I agree that Purinton took a lot of ill-timed penalties that ended up hurting the team, but he had to scare people out there. He didn't do the whole "honorable enforcer" thing like BGL, he came at you to hurt you, plain and simple.

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08-23-2007, 02:33 PM
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I am not going to get into the many others that have been named, but I will mention 2 of my faves.....Nilan and McPhee. THe Rangers of the mid-80's were getting manhandled, and then the trades for Joe Patterson (2 goals in his debut) & Knuckles came down and the team changed. Nilan was more in the Kocur mode in that he could do more than fight.

McPhee was great. Not great size, but certainly could pack a punch. He used to take on Scott Stevens in the latter's "Bam-Bam" days. People forget just what a hothead Stevens used to be.

Speaking of Stevens and McPhee, here is a funny story for y'all. During lunch, I usually try to escape my office and go to the gym for a quick workout. With 2 daughters, sometime that is all the time that I get. So, one day (a few months ago, infact) I am benching and the weights begin to pile on. I quickly notice that there is a guy next to me and I ask him for a spot. As I lie down and grip the bar-bell guess who is my spotter? None other than Scott Stevens. Turns out that he goes to the same gym, usually in the early mornings. Every now and then he comes in latter. I did not want to make a nuisance out of myself, and just thanked him, shook his hand, and told him that even though I hated him for never taking it easy on my Rangers, that he is one of my all-time favorite players.

Since then, I have seen him a few more times and we are cordial. Once we quickly struck up a conversation and I asked him about who the toughest was. When mentioned McPhee, Stevens said that he was one of the toughest that he ever had to take on.

Really cool guy. He's an absolute monster though. His legs are bigger than my arms. It is easy to see how he mangled people with his hits. Luckily I did not bring up Messier hammering him in Game 3.

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08-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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I agree that Purinton took a lot of ill-timed penalties that ended up hurting the team,
He remains the only Ranger that I recall actually beating Brashear. And beat Fedoruk a few times as well. And that was when Fedoruk was fully healthy.

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That certainly sounds like the Reaper....he was a dirty fighter IMO.
Always found it funny that he is a born again Christian, too. Was at that time I believe also. Not totally sure when he became one.

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He remains the only Ranger that I recall actually beating Brashear. And beat Fedoruk a few times as well. And that was when Fedoruk was fully healthy.
I never minded Dale that much and I was actually a proponent of giving him another shot this year or last year or whenever that was getting some steam with a few people.

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I was a proponent of giving Dale...

a shot the first go-around, and applauded Low for doing so. Stopped becoming a fan when it became apparent that he wasn't a physical player and was bad at picking fights (not very timely).

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Lucien Deblois, Eddie Johnstone, Mario Marios, and of course...JD!

One of my all time favorite teams. Eddie had a face only a mother could love.

Great break down on that other post Lion.

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My manager actually worked with Fotiu about 3-5 years before he got signed with the Rangers. They used to work in some sort of facility with a Vault (my guess is a bank) and late at night pick up sticks and slap a puck around on the shiny, buffed, tiled floor. He said that Fotiu always said his dream was to play for the Rangers, and often went to canada to play during the summer before getting signed.

Whenever the two of them would go out, my boss would say, "Alright Nick, this is a new suit, lets not get to crazy tonight and christ try not to get a fight with anyone." and of course that was never how it played out...

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Got this from the Orr thread.

My top rangers enforcers

Fotiu just on his rep from the WHL and how many people wouldn't fight him.
Kocur guy fought everyone and really was a one handed guy and that hand was a mess

Beck to quote Jim Gorden Beck is a distroyer of men

Domi best little man of all time?

Kurtenbach going off of books and legend only sorry.

Carkner As a rookie only lost to Brown and thats not nothing to be a shamed of.

Vickers not a enforcer but could throw down

Poescheck see Carkner

Troy Mallete 312 pims as a rookie the kid fought them all .

thats just a few what do you guys think?

Here are a few of the real bad ones
Jeff Brubaker
Jay Caufield
Steve Mckenna
greatest nhl enforcer is clark gillies hands down

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greatest nhl enforcer is clark gillies hands down
LOL Fishstick fan? Please a guy named Probert would have something to say about that comment

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I think it was in preseason too - that was pretty scary for Nick.

LM - I'm with you on Hospador. I actually think I just liked hearing Chadwick say his name sometimes. It just sounded cool, like Buekeboom.

London - didn't think Larouche came on until about 80/81, but I could be wrong.
you may be right about Larouche.....I don't have my trusted Ranger almanach handy.
doing it from memory...and that one has seen better days

where can I find past Ranger rosters on the internet?

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What I think that any legit enforcer should have is that "snap" factor that Dale had. It lends a good deal of uncertainty to the player and immediately puts in an opposing players mind "what is he going to do next and am I next on the list?"

Purinton had that, sometimes to detriment, but if he could skate he'd still be in the NHL.

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Hadfield's best feud was with Magnuson of the Black Hawks. They were regular dance partners and I never saw Hadfield lose to him. One year, Magnuson took boxing and/or karate lessons in the off season. The next year Hadfield destroyed him.

Hadfield has the toughest face I've ever seen in person. Absolute chiseled granite. Looked like if you hit him with cement from the blind side he would turn and say "Why'd you do that?"
Hadfield was am awesome fighter, until he became a goal scorer. His fights with Magnuson were nothing compared to his fights with the Pocket Rocket. One of my friends at seats between the penalty boxes in the old garden and they continued the fight in the penalty box! I was at that game and my friend was in the middle, huddled down as the two of them banged away at each other, what a zoo!

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I am glad your list features Greshner - who was not a fighter, but an offensive D;man anchoring PP and having huge assists and one tough customer.
Actually he was the best offensive Dman not called Leetch in Ranger history (but that's another posting).
Park was light years ahead of Gresch as an offensive Dman.

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greatest nhl enforcer is clark gillies hands down
Listen Larry, it was bad enough we had to read your articles fawning all over gillies and we all know you wanted to have Clarkies love child, but please stop!

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