"O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won..."
- From the Walt Whitman poem, O Captain My Captain
When we here at Blueshirt Banter were discussing this series and dividing up the numbers as to who would cover who, I was hesitant to take on much responsibility for two reasons; one being that I'm a little too young to remember a lot of the greats and how they played, and two being that I'm in the midst of quite possibly my last youthful summer of little responsibility leading to a small amount of time being spent on the computer. But when I saw that none of my fellow writers had claimed number 11, it was all I needed to speak up. This may be my only Ranger Legends post, and while I could describe Messier as a player and praise all that he has done for the franchise, we all know what he has done and what he represents to us and the city. Instead, let's take a trip back to the early 1990's where I quickly figured out who my favorite player of all time was to be.
I was born in the summer of 1989, meaning in the spring of 1994 I was four and a half years old. Not many of us have vivid memories of such a young age, but I have one that I will never, ever forget. I started playing Hockey (read: Learn to Skate) at three, or so I'm told, and I quickly became consumed in the sport that has quite a history in my family. The New York Rangers quickly became my
When he was off to Vancouver, I did not understand why he left as I was only 9 years old. I lost some interest in the Rangers, but with his return in 2000 it all seemed righted. I remember when I missed the retirement on Thursday, January 12, 2006 because I had an away high school hockey game at 7 PM. Needless to say, I don't think I had the best game of my life.
So there's a little story as to what
Honorable Mention at #11 before Messier:
- Vic Hadfield: From Wikipedia: "By 1964, Hadfield had cemented a place in the Rangers' lineup as an enforcer. Gradually, he focused more on scoring than on fighting - especially with feared enforcer Reggie Fleming on the squad - and paired with teammates Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, became known as the famous "GAG line" (which stood for Goal A Game)."
- Ulf Nilsson: From Wikipedia: "In the summer of 1978, Nilsson and Hedberg signed with the NHL's
By popular demand:
- Kelley Kisio: From Wikipedia: "Kisio played 761 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and the Calgary Flames. He was team captain for the Rangers for three and a half years."