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100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters Hardcover – October 12, 2009

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From the uppermost reaches of Madison Square Garden to the subway platforms below, in living rooms and in taxicabs, it's a debate that's been raging for over eight decades and now continues on the pages of 100 Ranger Greats.

Authors Russ Cohen, John Halligan and Adam Raider scoured the Rangers' all-time roster to bring you the 100 men who each left an indelible mark on the game as a member of New York's "Original Six" hockey club.

From Bill Cook and Lorne (Gump) Worsley to Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist, the players who have best exemplified the club motto "pride, passion and tradition" are profiled and ranked in this very special publication created just for Rangers fans, perhaps the most fiercely loyal (and opinionated) fans in all of sports.

Lavishly illustrated and full of colorful anecdotes and compelling facts, 100 Ranger Greats will provoke, entertain, and enlighten Rangers fans of all ages. This could be the most complete history of the Broadway Blueshirts ever written.

About the Author

Russ Cohen is a die-hard sports fan and co-host of two hockey programs on XM Satellite Radio. He is one of the founders of a highly visited network of websites at www.sportsology.net and has hosted live webcasts from the NHL All-Star Game, the NHL Entry Draft, the Heritage Classic, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has also contributed to NHL.com and Goalie News magazine. Cohen lives in Glassboro, New Jersey.

The author of three previous books about the Rangers and a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, John Halligan spent 24 years with the New York Rangers as Public Relations Director, Business Manager and Vice President of Communications. He lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Adam Raider's career as a journalist began in 1997 at The Winsted Journal newspaper. Since then, he has covered the NHL for numerous publications including The Hockey News, Hockey Business News, Hockey Digest and Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal. Raider is also a former columnist and contributing editor at the New England Hockey Journal. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470736194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470736197
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 3.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Just purchased 100 Ranger Greats and have gone through it. Obviously, I'm a big Rangers fan. If you have any interest whatsoever in hockey and The Rangers, I highly recommend it. A lot of great names from the past. Admittedly, I am not as familiar with some of the older players but have certainly enjoyed learning about the history. As with all lists and ranking, I tend to disagree with where certain players were ranked but isn't that the fun of it all? My buddy thinks Brad Park deserved to be even higher; I thought lower. Overall though, I thought the players were ranked quite fairly and I appreciate there was a formal process and criteria that the authors used to come up with their list. Good stuff.
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100 Ranger Greats is a beautifully produced, well-written paean to the New York Rangers' NHL franchise. One of the Original Six, the Rangers are one of the most storied teams in NHL and sports history. This gorgeous, over-sized hard-cover book pays tribute to the players that the three authors deemed the 'top 100' players in franchise history. Loaded with both color and black & white photos, it is lavishly illustrated and beautifully written. The authors cheerfully note that other fans--especially Rangers fans--may not totally agree with their choices, but they present an excellent case for their selections and their rankings.

This book is a delight to peruse and brings back fond and exciting memories for older fans, as well as serves to educate younger fans who are still learning about the sport and the great players, and characters, of the game. Written by fans, for fans, the trio of writers have brought their knowledge and love of the sport to the foreground to create a truly remarkable book. As a hockey fan, I found this book to be a comprehensive, thorough look at the best and the brightest of the NY Rangers over the years and it brought back many memories of some of the all-time heroes of the game. The narrative is detailed and entertaining, and the authors have done a fantastic job in putting this book together. 100 Ranger Greats is one of the finest books to come out on a hockey franchise--or any sports franchise--in many a year. One only wishes that the other teams, particularly of the original six--would also have that kind of care dedicated to their teams in a companion type book.

Truly a 5-Star production, this is an exceptional book that the authors should be justifiably proud of.

Just one question...oh, Ranger aficionados...Where's Darius Kasparaitis?
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Author John Halligan has done it again. The former public relations director of the NY Rangers[also authored the fabulous 75th anniversary Ranger book], and co-authors, Russ Cohen, and Adam Raider, have written what amounts to a NY Ranger history book, that profiles all the best players from 1923 to present day. The great thing about this book, is the young Ranger fan, will be able to read up on many vintage stars from the past, like goalie Davey Kerr[who deserves HOF consideration in my opinion], Bill and Bun Cook, Ching Johnson, Frank Boucher, Gump Worsley, Chuck Rayner, Harry Howell, and Andy Bathgate to name a few from the old school. I won't give the book away, but #100 on the list was New York's Nick Fotiu, and #1 was Brian Leetch[no argument here]. Two goalie's made the top 10, with Mike Richter and of course fast Eddie Giacomin. I think the layout of the book is just fine, and the photography along with the written narrative on each player will give any Ranger or hockey fan many hours of enjoyment. John Halligan rates right at the top of the list, along with Stan Fischler, as the best NY Ranger hockey historian. This is a must book for Ranger fans of all ages, and especially for those young novice fans who would like to learn about all the players who wore the Ranger blue with pride and passion.
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There's something immediately striking about "100 Ranger Greats," even before you turn a page past the inside front cover.

That's the price -- an eye-popping $34.95 retail. It's a lot for a book of 240 pages, especially when the print is on the big side and it isn't loaded with pictures (most players get two shots, one a head-and-shoulders version).

That's not to say this book doesn't have some merit, though. Authors Russ Cohen, John Halligan and Adam Raider have obviously done plenty of research into the subject, and it shows in their summaries of the 100 players. Halligan is one of the most well-respected and well-liked people to have ever worked in a National Hockey League team's front office, and it's good to see his name associated with the project.

The starting point is a popular one. Take the most important Rangers in history, and rank them 1 to 100. The book starts with 100 and works toward the greatest Ranger of them all. The fun is reading along, trying to guess who might be where. What to do with someone like Jaromir Jagr, a brilliant star who only spent a short time with the Rangers? And what about Wayne Gretzky?

You can guess who might rank with the all-time Rangers greats -- in alphabetical order, Ed Giacomin, Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Harry Howell, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter all ought to be much closer to the back of the book than the front. They are. It's difficult to complain about the ratings here, give or take a spot or two.

The fun part, though, comes with the others, who surely will bring back memories for longtime Ranger fans. Hello, Nick Fotiu and Don Murdoch, two players remembered for entirely different reasons in New York.
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