Author Archives: Derek Felix

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.

A unique view on the NHL Playoff Tournament

In a special re-recorded podcast via my YouTube channel, here is what I had to say about the NHL’s planned 24 team Playoff Tournament. Included are some thoughts on the 10 potential host cities and where the games could land. … Continue reading

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Coming to grips with a gut wrenching moment

Life can be funny sometimes. It truly can be mysterious and unpredictable. Take the date May 25th. In 1994 on one memorable hot Spring night, that meant captain Mark Messier delivering on his promise by leading the Rangers back from … Continue reading

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Hockey coming back? Happy Anniversary Messier Guarantee

On this nice Memorial Day in the New York and New Jersey area, we are thankful for our health and loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank our vets including my cool Uncle Bunk, who served in the 1950’s. … Continue reading

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What ‘If’

The 1991-92 New York Rangers were one of the franchise’s best teams. What ‘if’ they had beaten the Penguins and won the Stanley Cup that year? We look back while also looking forward at the promising current Blueshirts. AP Photo … Continue reading

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Racist taunt of K’Andre Miller the latest example of ugliness in sports, misguided fools go after DeAngelo

Unacceptable. Despicable. Disgusting. What happened on Friday afternoon to K’Andre Miller should NEVER EVER happen under any circumstances. The Rangers defense prospect experienced a racist taunt while taking part in a Q & A session with fans on Zoom. The … Continue reading

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Hard Hits Podcast: Cool Rangers stories, Yankees classic photos, sportscards and NHL 94

In the third episode of my new Hard Hits Podcast on YouTube, I get into a few different topics. With all the COVID-19 pandemic news, I give it an appropriate nickname while trying to keep things light with some cool … Continue reading

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Podcast Episode 2: More in depth on the all-time great goalies, plus commentary on Lindros, Bure and a little ’94 Rangers

Last night on my YouTube Channel, I recorded my second episode of the Podcast. In it, I continued to go through the careers of Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek and Patrick Roy. Also included a few of the all-time greats from … Continue reading

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Who’s Better? Brodeur, Hasek or Roy

Every hockey fan knows who Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek and Patrick Roy are. If you don’t, I suggest google and YouTube. I discussed the three below along with some commentary on other legends above. Feel free to check it out. … Continue reading

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JD speaks for everyone

Earlier today, Rangers Team President John Davidson relayed a very important message during this scary time. When it comes to the COVID19 pandemic, we can’t take any chances. We must use common sense and decency. So, that means if we … Continue reading

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The Rangers season in pictures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, with the Coronavirus halting play in all sports and putting everyone on high alert, I decided to share the Rangers season in pictures. Even cooler, some videos will be included … Continue reading

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