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Ted Irvine

anyone remember Ted Irvine?

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Yeah, but that just shows how old and crazy I am! My son gets a kick out of Ron Dugay and asks, "That guy played hockey for the Rangers, and he really dated NY models"? I had to laugh when I told him how the Flyer fans used to whistle at him.

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Ted was on tough player. He would make most players today seem like sissies. In the early to mid 70,s he was the Rangers toughest player. I don,t recall how many years he played with them.

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Yeah, but that just shows how old and crazy I am! My son gets a kick out of Ron Dugay and asks, "That guy played hockey for the Rangers, and he really dated NY models"? I had to laugh when I told him how the Flyer fans used to whistle at him.
LOL i never seen him play since i wasn't around in the 1970's but i know his son Chris Jericho ( Irvine ) and read his book and thats how i found out about Ted

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anyone remember Ted Irvine?
#27 Dancing Ted Irvine, one of my favorite players when I was a kid, and that just goes to show how old I am...he was one of the toughest Rangers dring his stint..Irvine-Stemkowski-MacGregor.

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I don,t recall how many years he played with them.
6 seasons according to HockeyDB:

http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=2474

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#27 Dancing Ted Irvine, one of my favorite players when I was a kid, and that just goes to show how old I am...he was one of the toughest Rangers dring his stint..Irvine-Stemkowski-MacGregor.
Tough line that was and Stemkowski scored one of the biggest goals in Ranger history until Matteau and Messier came along! Thanks for the memories!

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My memories of Irvine come from being a young kid and watching games with my father. I remember my father calling out his name a lot during the games and if I remember correctly I think he used to take a lot of dumb penalties because Ted's name was usually followed by curse words. I was to busy concentrating on guys like Ratelle, Gilbert, Hadfield and Park so I barely took notice of Irvine. I think he used to fight a lot too but I don't remember if he was any good at it.

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Irvine was very tough. 3rd line with Stemmer and Bruce MacGregor as one poster has already mentioned. Pretty much a north-south grinder who might pop in 15 goals or so in a good season--was traded along with Glen Sather and Jerry Butler--most of our tougher forwards for John Davidson. On making that deal Emile Francis started talking about this thing called team toughness--where everybody would look out for each other--didn't work out that way. Anyway that was the season Ed Giacomin went to Detroit and soon afterwards Park and Ratelle went to Boston for Phil Esposito, Carol Vadnais and Joe Zanussi. I'm thinking that might have been Ron Greschner's rookie year though I may be off by a year and that Dave Maloney was called up from Providence and got suckerpunched by an ex-Ranger Ivy leaguer Atlanta Flame Curt Bennett--while his teammates more or less stood around--Maloney if I remember completely knocked out with his jaw broken. One of the reasons why I reference Francis's 'team toughness' remarks above. I mean really when you let your teams 1st rounder--a 19 year old get pounded like that and don't do a thing about it--it's a wtf moment. I've seen some ****ed up **** over the years with the Rangers--though that game I listened to over the radio.

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Ted was on tough player. He would make most players today seem like sissies. In the early to mid 70,s he was the Rangers toughest player. I don,t recall how many years he played with them.
Saw him score a goal when I was a kid complete with the Irvine Shuffle. With Stemmer and MacGregor....they made a very good 3rd line.

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Remember Ted real well. At that time he was the Rangers best fighter, replacing Orland Kurtenbach, who became an original Canuck. Then the Rangers traded him to St. Louis and someone that I knew bought a #27 Blues jersey that he wore for years.

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I never got to watch many tv games as there was no CI back in the early 70's and we were fed a steady feed of TO & Montreal every Wed & sat night for years . Most of my memories from them days were from the radio broadcasts of Marv Albert . Those were great times...we should have won a Cup in the early 70's...Ratell's busted ankle was the downfall .

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Irvine was very tough. 3rd line with Stemmer and Bruce MacGregor as one poster has already mentioned. Pretty much a north-south grinder who might pop in 15 goals or so in a good season--was traded along with Glen Sather and Jerry Butler--most of our tougher forwards for John Davidson. On making that deal Emile Francis started talking about this thing called team toughness--where everybody would look out for each other--didn't work out that way. Anyway that was the season Ed Giacomin went to Detroit and soon afterwards Park and Ratelle went to Boston for Phil Esposito, Carol Vadnais and Joe Zanussi. I'm thinking that might have been Ron Greschner's rookie year though I may be off by a year and that Dave Maloney was called up from Providence and got suckerpunched by an ex-Ranger Ivy leaguer Atlanta Flame Curt Bennett--while his teammates more or less stood around--Maloney if I remember completely knocked out with his jaw broken. One of the reasons why I reference Francis's 'team toughness' remarks above. I mean really when you let your teams 1st rounder--a 19 year old get pounded like that and don't do a thing about it--it's a wtf moment. I've seen some ****ed up **** over the years with the Rangers--though that game I listened to over the radio.
Actually The Cat's team toughness mantra started much earlier. When Francis got control of the team in the middle 60's he brough in quite a few bigger and tougher players than the Rangers ever had. The first wave was guys like Wayne Hillman and Orland Kurtenbach (there was a guy who could really fight) and continued with Irvine, Stemkowski and others. Of course, Francis never planned or figured on the Flyers taking it up several notches. Suddenly, the Rangers didn't look very tough.Teddy was a good team guy -- hard nosed, good fighter, classic north-south third line player.

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Irvine was very tough. 3rd line with Stemmer and Bruce MacGregor as one poster has already mentioned. Pretty much a north-south grinder who might pop in 15 goals or so in a good season--was traded along with Glen Sather and Jerry Butler--most of our tougher forwards for John Davidson. On making that deal Emile Francis started talking about this thing called team toughness--where everybody would look out for each other--didn't work out that way. Anyway that was the season Ed Giacomin went to Detroit and soon afterwards Park and Ratelle went to Boston for Phil Esposito, Carol Vadnais and Joe Zanussi. I'm thinking that might have been Ron Greschner's rookie year though I may be off by a year and that Dave Maloney was called up from Providence and got suckerpunched by an ex-Ranger Ivy leaguer Atlanta Flame Curt Bennett--while his teammates more or less stood around--Maloney if I remember completely knocked out with his jaw broken. One of the reasons why I reference Francis's 'team toughness' remarks above. I mean really when you let your teams 1st rounder--a 19 year old get pounded like that and don't do a thing about it--it's a wtf moment. I've seen some ****ed up **** over the years with the Rangers--though that game I listened to over the radio.
I was at actually that game. I don't remember what year it was. Curt Bennett was a former Ranger. He was a black belt and sucker punched Maloney with his glove on. He didn't break Maloney's jaw but did break his nose and Maloney threw up while semi conscious on the ice and could have died by choking in his own vomit. After Bennett hit Maloney the legendary tough guy Randy Beverly made a 1/10 hearted attempt to avenge Maloney by bending over and trying to kiss his feet. Bennett wasn't thrown out of the game and no Ranger even took a serious run at him the rest of the game despite the urging from the crowd.


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Curt Bennett's son Cam was one of my good friends growing up, we met at hockey camp back in 85. Over the years we often talk about that fight and how brutal the game was and how much they were able to get away with back then. Some tunes never change

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I was at actually that game. I don't remember what year it was. Curt Bennett was a former Ranger. He was a black belt and sucker punched Maloney with his glove on. He didn't break Maloney's jaw but did break his nose and Maloney threw up while semi conscious on the ice and could have died by choking in his own vomit. After Bennett hit Maloney the legendary tough guy Randy Beverly made a 1/10 hearted attempt to avenge Maloney by bending over and trying to kiss his feet. Bennett wasn't thrown out of the game and no Ranger even took a serious run at him the rest of the game despite the urging from the crowd.

Well thanks to you and bobbop for fleshing it out better. I started following the Rangers towards the end of the 71-72 season and missed guys like Kurtenbach (he was with Vancouver then) and Reggie Fleming. A good majority of those games back then I didn't see on TV--I listened to on the Radio--Marv Albert, Sal Messina--who were excellent. The Maloney-Bennett incident was a real low moment for the team. Kind of remember seeing Dave Schultz picking a fight off a faceoff with Rick Middleton of all people. When I hear people talking about 'Old time hockey' and some kind of 'Code' it makes me laugh. I don't know if they know that Gordie Howe for instance was one of the best fighters ever and also considered to be one if not the dirtiest players (if not the dirtiest) of his era.

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Was a season ticket holder in the blueseats during the Francis era. Irvine showed just how deep the Rangers were in those days; three excellent lines, each a model for their roles:

Ratelle-Gilbert-Hadfield
Tkaczuk-Fairbarin-Vickers
Stemkowski-MacGregor-Irvine

There was less line juggling in those days than today. Coaches tended to stay with set lines even when teams were not playing well. Having a players as talented as Stemmer and MacGregor on the third line was a major plus. Irvine added toughness and grit.

Good memories of probably the most sustained era of success in modern Ranger (post World War Two) history. Never won the Cup but we were an elite team for about 5 years.

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Haha I knew the name, but I googled him anyway. I had no idea he was Chris Jericho's father. I'm not a wrestling fan by any means but thats still cool.

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Remember Ted real well. At that time he was the Rangers best fighter, replacing Orland Kurtenbach, who became an original Canuck. Then the Rangers traded him to St. Louis and someone that I knew bought a #27 Blues jersey that he wore for years.
3rd best fighter behind Ron Harris and Steve Vickers...

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Chris Jericho's dad,

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Was a season ticket holder in the blueseats during the Francis era. Irvine showed just how deep the Rangers were in those days; three excellent lines, each a model for their roles:

Ratelle-Gilbert-Hadfield
Tkaczuk-Fairbarin-Vickers
Stemkowski-MacGregor-Irvine

There was less line juggling in those days than today. Coaches tended to stay with set lines even when teams were not playing well. Having a players as talented as Stemmer and MacGregor on the third line was a major plus. Irvine added toughness and grit.

Good memories of probably the most sustained era of success in modern Ranger (post World War Two) history. Never won the Cup but we were an elite team for about 5 years.
Torts should take a lesson from Emile Francis he switches lines every shift, the cat's lines played together for years and were very productive....

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Was a season ticket holder in the blueseats during the Francis era. Irvine showed just how deep the Rangers were in those days; three excellent lines, each a model for their roles:

Ratelle-Gilbert-Hadfield
Tkaczuk-Fairbarin-Vickers
Stemkowski-MacGregor-Irvine

There was less line juggling in those days than today. Coaches tended to stay with set lines even when teams were not playing well. Having a players as talented as Stemmer and MacGregor on the third line was a major plus. Irvine added toughness and grit.

Good memories of probably the most sustained era of success in modern Ranger (post World War Two) history. Never won the Cup but we were an elite team for about 5 years.
4th line was made upome evry usefull players Jerry Butler, Bobby Rousseau, Jack Egers and a few others over the years...Bobby Rousseau was a PP point man with a heavy accurate shot...

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Remember that crazy game the last day of the 1970 season when the Rangers had to win to make the playoffs? Not only win but score a lot of goals because goals scored were the tie breaker?

Jack Egers, if I recall right was a rather poor skater but had tremendous offensive skills and game up from the minors and scored two goals that afternoon. I think the Rangers scored two goals in the first minute against the Wings. Once they were way ahead they kept pulling Giacomin to score more goals. I think the final was 10-5.

That night Montreal needed to win to make the playoffs and beat out the Rangers. If they lost, they would be tied with the Rangers and goals scored would be the tie breaker. Think they were playing the Blackhawks. Montreal fell behind and it was apparent they would lose but they kept pulling their goalie to try to score. Wild.

Rangers made the playoffs and the NHL changed the tie breaker rules the next year. At least that is how I remember it.

Bobby Rousseau.....part of those great Montreal teams of the mid 60s. In those days, when slap shots were all the rage, it was thought having a guy with a big shot was necessary at the point. When he got here, he was our powerplay specialist.

Another extra guy who made a splash was Gene Carr. A young, fast skater with flowing long hair, I think he had like 2 goals and 2 assists in his Ranger debut, a demolishing I think of the California Seals. We though we had something special but he never panned out.

Hey even Slats was a good 4th liner for us!

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Remember that crazy game the last day of the 1970 season when the Rangers had to win to make the playoffs? Not only win but score a lot of goals because goals scored were the tie breaker?

Jack Egers, if I recall right was a rather poor skater but had tremendous offensive skills and game up from the minors and scored two goals that afternoon. I think the Rangers scored two goals in the first minute against the Wings. Once they were way ahead they kept pulling Giacomin to score more goals. I think the final was 10-5.

That night Montreal needed to win to make the playoffs and beat out the Rangers. If they lost, they would be tied with the Rangers and goals scored would be the tie breaker. Think they were playing the Blackhawks. Montreal fell behind and it was apparent they would lose but they kept pulling their goalie to try to score. Wild.

Rangers made the playoffs and the NHL changed the tie breaker rules the next year. At least that is how I remember it.

Bobby Rousseau.....part of those great Montreal teams of the mid 60s. In those days, when slap shots were all the rage, it was thought having a guy with a big shot was necessary at the point. When he got here, he was our powerplay specialist.

Another extra guy who made a splash was Gene Carr. A young, fast skater with flowing long hair, I think he had like 2 goals and 2 assists in his Ranger debut, a demolishing I think of the California Seals. We though we had something special but he never panned out.

Hey even Slats was a good 4th liner for us!
Awesome game I remember Emile pulling Eddie during parts of the 2nd period also and believe the Black Hawks beat the Habs 10-2...

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