All week I was in contact with Beck to come on the show. It wasn’t easy given the fact that he now lives in China! I was unable to finalize anything with him when I got behind the mic for my January 27th show back in 2007. Then will about 7 or 8 minutes to go in the program, who call? Barry Beck! While I had hoped to have him on longer, it was still a thrill to get a chance to speak with the former Rangers captain a bit about his time playing in New York, in addition to what exactly he is up to today.
Jan Erixon was one of my favorite Rangers growing up. A quiet, hard-working, defensive minded player- he was not someone most fans would nominate as their favorite. Still, New Yorkers appreciate the hard-working types, and their was no doubt Ericon fit this mold. Often assigned to stop the other teams star player (he had many a battle with the division rival Penguins Mario Lemeiux), it was easy to root for him. Getting more than a few sentences out of him in this interview however, was a challenge- for me! Here I had the chance to pre-record an interview for the show with him (he was in Sweden at the time), and I have to admit I wish I was able to get a bit more out of him. Still, no regrets getting a chance to talk with one of my favorite players growing up!
Eddie Mio is the kind of guy you want to have a few beers with at the local dive and talk hockey. A goaltender for the Rangers in the early 1980s, he was the guy I imitated as a kid when it was my turn to go between the pipes playing street hockey as a kid on Long Island- NOT Billy Smith! He was also the best man at Wayne Gretzky’s wedding. A fun dude- this interview was one of my favorites.
Pierre Larouche closed out his 14-year NHL career with four strong seasons in New York. During that run he had goal totals of 48, 24, 20 and 28, making him one of the Rangers` top scorers of the 1980s. “Lucky Pierre” talks with me about his career, his time in New York and some of what he is doing today.
Carey Wilson only played a season and a half in New York with the Rangers- but I vividly remember how he scored a point (mostly assists) in something like 18 straight games when he was traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 1988-89 season. He provided a real spark to the team at the time. He runs a hockey school up in Winnipeg now.