A Ranger Fan? Get to Know About Each Man!
Over the years, we’ve learned and watched a lot about the NY Rangers. But we’re not so familiar with the men wearing the red-white-and-blue sweaters, right? Not when it comes to their hobbies, interests and even nicknames.
You’re just so lucky because right in this post you will learn all those things about your favorite Ranger.
Ready? Here we go:
Brad Richards, 34. Aside from winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with the Lightning in 2004, Richards is also a wine connoisseur and a fashion expert. In fact, he partnered with the company UNTUCKIt, a company that designs shirts worn untucked.
Dominic Moore, 33. During his NHL career, Moore played for nine different teams, scored the winning goal in the Eastern Conference finals and established the Katie Moore foundation in memory of his loving wife who died from liver cancer in 2013.
Brian Boyle, 29. One of the team’s tallest players at 6-foot-7, Boyle is born-and-bred in Massachusetts, the middle child of 13 children, a great fan of Red Sox and appeared for a fashion feature in the November 2012 issue of Esquire.
Derick Brassard, 26. A native of Quebec, a huge fan of Joe Sakic, played hockey at five, loves Italian food and was drafted by the Blue Jackets as sixth overall in 2006.
Derek Stepan, 23. With a father drafted by the Rangers in 1985 and a cousin playing for the Predators, it would seems like playing for the Rangers is in Derek Stepan’s blood. He also loves the TV show “Glee”.
J.T. Miller, 21. J.T. stands for “Jonathan Tanner” and this guy from Ohio also lived in Pennsylvania and later on Michigan to be part of the Team USA’s National Development Program. Before concentrating on hockey, he used to compete in drag racing competitions as well as enjoyed baseball and football.
Kevin Klein, 29. Klein dreams of running an energy-efficient bed and breakfast after he retires. He loves to play cards, read, listen to Bach and would have liked to meet Gandhi.
Raphael Diaz, 28. He first played for Canadiens and Canucks before playing for the Rangers this season. Born in Switzerland to a Spanish father, Raphael’s birth name was actually “Rafael”.
Marc Staal, 27. When he was younger, Staal worked on a sod farm. He has three brothers – Jordan, Eric, and Jared. Jordan and Eric plays for the Hurricanes while Jared plays for the Hurricanes’ AHL team. During his entire hockey career, Staal has worn the number 18 on his uniform.
Anton Stralman, 27. He worked for elderly homes when he was younger and was traded twice during the 2009 offseason between the Maple Leafs to the Flames to the Blue Jackets. A huge fan of tennis with Roger Federer as his favorite, Stralman is also a husband and a father to four kids.
Justin Faulk, 25. He was born in a town called “Snowflake” in Manitoba. He idolizes retired hockey defenseman, Rob Blake because of his impressive shots and big hits.
Dan Girardi, 25. Gerardi is the longest-tenured defenseman of the Rangers after signing with the team in 2005. One of U2’s biggest fan, he also appeared to perform a Top 10 list in 2009 on the “Late Show with David Letterman”.
Ryan McDonagh, 24. McDonagh had 14 of his goals tied for fifth among the defensemen. He won the state baseball championship in high school. Steve Walsh, McDonagh’s uncle, also played in the NFL for the 49ers as quarterback.
John Moore, 23. Before he played for the Rangers, Moore was a golf caddie. He loves reading and playing video games, Forrest Gump is his favorite movie and he idolizes former Devils defensemen and Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer.
Daniel Carcillo, 29. Nicknamed “Carbomb” because of his feisty and aggressive attitude, Carcillo was suspended for 10 games after fighting with a referee in the Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. On his last season with the Blackhawks, he was able to win the Stanley Cup.
Rick Nash, 29. For the past two Olympics, Nash has won gold medals for Team Canada, scored 30 or more goals in seven of his 11 NHL seasons, and snapped a 14-game playoff goal drought against Montreal. ‘Of Mice and Men” is his favorite book.
Benoit Pouliot, 27. Pouliot was named “rookie of the year” in 2005 in the Canadian Hockey League – a year after Sidney Crosby won the game and a year before John Tavares from Islanders won it. His two brothers, David and Hugo, also play for the hockey teams Alexandria Jr. B Glens and Hawkesbury Hawks respectively.
Carl Hagelin, 25. He likes playing tennis, loves travelling, and coached kids at summer camps when he was younger. He also scored a shorthanded goal in the Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals which assisted the game-winner in overtime.
Chris Kreider, 23. Kreider had his first career against the Canucks in a 5-2 win earlier this season. He won the NCAA championships with Boston College in 2010 and 2012 and scored five goals in the 2012 playoffs before he played in the regular seasons.
Martin St. Louis, 38. The team’s oldest member, St. Louis is tied to the team’s playoff lead in six goals with 13 points.
Derek Dorsett, 27. During the regular season, Dorsett led the team with 128 minutes of penalty and 10 major penalties. He looks up to his parents as the most influential people in his career although he also idolizes former Red Wings star Steve Yzerman.
Mats Zuccarello, 26. As a lifeguard on his first job, there’s no doubt why Zuccarello is one of the most generously listed member of the Rangers. At 5-foot-7, he enjoys TV shows like King of Queens and Gossip Girl and enjoys golfing and soccer.
Jesper Fast, 22. Because the Rangers coach couldn’t pronounce the name “Jesper” correctly, he was nicknamed “Quickie” instead by Alain Vigneult. Picking up an assist against the Flyers, Fast only scored his career point last April 17.
Ryan Haggerty, 21. Despite being dyslexic, Haggerty won the 2011 National Youth Achievement Award from Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities because of his academic success.
Henrik Lundqvist, 32. Lundqvist is an avid guitar player and has a twin brother Joel. After a superb rookie season in 2005-2006, he earned the moniker “The King” and was the team’s all-time winner with 309 wins and 50 shutouts.
Cam Talbot, 26. Talbot attended the University of Alabama-Huntsville and battled actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn son, Wyatt Russell, for the spot of starting goalie. He earned his first career win on October in Detroit.
Photo Credits: AP