This date in Rangers History


Monday marked the 51st Anniversary since the Rangers played their final game at the Old Madison Square Garden. Here’s a classic photo of that night.

I’ve always marveled at how old pictures are always better. This action shot above is a perfect example of that. It’s wonderfully captured. There’s definitely something unique about the classic photograph from the past. It’s art.

I often wonder what it would be like if the Rangers still had their own arena to play in. Would it be a better home advantage? Instead, they share MSG with the woeful Knicks. The Garden has so many big events. From concerts to prize fighting to other shows, they’re always busy. I guess it would be cool to have just a hockey arena revolving around the one franchise that’s delivered a championship since I’ve been alive. Even if it has been 25 years, at least we got 1994.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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