Park's popularity over Leetch is somewhat surprising in lieu of the fact that Park spent only seven plus years with the Rangers to Leetch's seventeen years as a Ranger. Both were exciting impact players, crowd pleasers, fan favorites and Hall of Famers. Park is already there and Leetch will be also.
The raising of jersey's to the rafters is always a great event but when Leetch's number 2 goes up we like to see a Park number 2 go up and when an Adam Graves number 9 goes up I would like to see an Andy Bathgate number 9 go up. I guess the case could be made for all the Rangers who made the Hall Of Fame. There are 42 Hall Of Famers who played for the Rangers, however, a lot of them made their greatest contributions elsewhere. Guys like Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Max Bentley, Doug Harvey and Marcel Dionne just to name a few who were Hall Of Famers before coming to New York. But what about guys like Bill and Bun Cook, Frankie Boucher, Chuck Rayner, Lynn Patrick, Harry Howell and Ching Johnson. Maybe a night of recognition for past greats, mostly deceased. Rangers talk about tradition and that night would be a night of tradition to end all traditions. What do you think?