I work for a few catering companies in the city, and last night we did an event at the New York Public Library - a fundraiser sponsored by the Yankees. It was pretty cool, they had the 2000 and 2009 World Series trophies there and the gentleman who handles the trophies was kind enough to take a picture of me with one.
Now I know this isn't the most likely setting for an encounter with the Don of hockey, so you can imagine my surprise when I see the Godfather walk past me randomly towards the end of the reception of this baseball fundraiser. I'm pretty sure the room felt a slight chill as well with his presence.
So immediately I know that I can't go home without talking to him, especially since he is so under the radar at a function like this. I realize this won't be difficult when I notice that at his table of 10 there are only 5 people sitting - tucked away in the corner of the room, and much less sociable than the other schmoozing tables. Often I would glance over and see five stone faces blankly chewing, I'm thinking "Is he actually in the mob as well? This would explain choosing NJ as his office - NY's personal trash dump...hopefully I don't end up locked in an old refrigerator there if I say the wrong thing."
I decide to take my chances anyway at the end of the night when the guests had started to surround Reggie Jackson so he could autograph the baseballs that were placed at each seat. Lamoriello is standing at his table and I know this might be my last chance, so I make my way over.
"Excuse me Sir, would you think its silly of my to ask you for an autograph....on a baseball?"
With a slight smile he replies in his thick Northeast accent, "No, of course not"
As hes signing the ball I ask him, "Can you like apologize for 15 years of destroying the Rangers?"
He laughs and he's like "How about I put 'To my favorite Rangers fan'". He was kidding when he said it, but I asked him to really write that because I thought it would be hilarious.
"Ok, whats your name?"
"Ok here you go, 'To Steve, my favorite Rangers fan'"
I thank him and tell him hopefully we'll see you in the playoffs next year. I wanted to actually talk hockey with him, but unfortunately the situation didn't allow for too much interacting with guests.
So Lamoriello is a pretty cool dude even though hes the Darth Vader of hockey for Rangers fans.
Oh yeah on top of all that he gave my friend a 100 dollar tip. Not too shabby.
I met Bettman at a social event last year. I jokingly offered him $10 to fix it so the Islanders would not get the #1 pick. He wasn't amused.
i met bettman at my job i work at a restaurant as a valet...............i didnt shake his hand, he asked me if i was a hockey fan i said yes im a ranger fan...basically very short with him i wanted to lay him out or give him a piece of my mind...but ill see him again soon him and his dumb wife
I have a good friend who knew Lou 40 years ago when he managed in the Cape Cod League. My friend has told me many time what a nice man Lou is and how loyal he is to his friends. My friend is a game worn jersey collector and a few years ago he mentioned this in passing to Lou. Within a week a GU Gionta showed up in his mailbox. Class guy. Too bad he's the enemy.
If Lou was the GM of the Rangers...(is this about to become a "Chuck Norris List"?)
-We wouldn't have half the rant threads there are
-Richter would've been the record setter, and Hank would be on his way breaking them.
-There would be no Wade Redden. gone. disappeared. WOOSH!
-Rangers fans would all be nice to each other.
-WE WOULD'VE HAD AT LEAST 3 RECENT CUPS.
Lou is one of the 2 best GMs in all of sports. In my humble opinion. If he was GM of the Rangers, hockey would've mattered in all of North America, not just Canada. In fact, the whole world would've changed. Okay, let's just stop right here. When is Lou a UFA?
one of the best gms in hockey....not sure about all of sports..i think there are big differences between the sports that you cant really compare the gm jobs of them...hell, the yankees gm job is such a different animal than the twins gm job, so its tough to compare.
with that said, id love to have him on the rangers. pays guys what they are worth.
There's only one thing that I have against Lamoriello. Although I admit that it's a big thing - at least to me. He goes out of his way to get revenge on the Rangers because he has this inferiority complex about being a tenth class citizen in his home state. When Brodeur was close to to breaking lifetime records, he sits Brodeur out - which he never does - so he could go for the record against the Rangers. If the devils were 30 points ahead of the Rangers the last game of the season, he plays Brodeur anyway. If the last games of the season are against weak opponents, he sits out his star players - unless the game could help the Rangers in the standings. Then he plays everyone. That's why I'm so thrilled that Lunqvist has been beating them the last few years.