Thursday, July 30, 2009

Know Your NY Ranger Greats

Who is this New York Ranger Great?

First one to post the correct answer in the comments claims bragging rights this week as a NY Rangers expert par excellence. Sorry, again no hints, no Google.

update: a few more pictures of this NY Ranger Great, one when he was much older.


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  • Scotty Hockey said...

    I think I know but I will lay off and let someone else take the crown ...

  • jb said...

    Scotty, I know you know. Because I later noticed you had made comments related to this player within the last month.

    I said, damn that Scotty Hockey, he's going to get this one too.

    I'll post another picture shortly.

    Thanks for playing.

  • blow-me-down said...

    I don't know too many old Rangers, but that looks like Bill Cook.

    That's the extent of my ability to even guess about Rangers from the pre late 60's era.

  • jb said...

    blow-me-down, you are correct. It is Bill Cook.

    Bill was part of the Bread Line with his brother Bun Cook and Frank Boucher. The line scored every Ranger goal in the Stanley Cup finals in 1928, leading the team to its first Cup. He was captain when Rangers won their 2nd cup in 1933.

    Bill Cook was a dominant offensive force in his day. Cook, who added another scoring crown in 1933 at the ripe age of 37, was three times a first team All-Star selection and the first Ranger regular to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1952. Most importantly, with "Bad Bill" as their leader, the Rangers won two Stanley Cups (1928 and 1933) and missed the playoffs only once in 11 seasons. This was the Golden Age of Ranger hockey.

    Congratulations, b-m-d.

  • blow-me-down said...

    Thanks JB. Good information, he was a top level player wherever he went.

    As I just found out as well, a year or two after coming back from the war, he led the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to the championship of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.

    I wonder if Marc Staal is aware of his famous alumnus?

  • jb said...

    Very interesting footnote the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Their list of NHL alumni is very impressive: Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Tony Esposito, Joe Thornton, and the Cooks among many others.