#1 Posted on 4.2.04 1555.33 Reposted on: 4.2.11 1556.06
Tonight the NY Rangers finally get something right when they retire Mike Richter's #35. I was in the crowd when Richter made his professional debut right after the 1988 Olympics for the Colorado Rangers of the International Hockey League - he reeled off a 10 game winning streak and I remember calling my brother back in NYC and telling him that I had just seen the goalie that would someday win the CUP for the Rangers - I was there in June of 1994 when he did just that - I wish I had been there in 1996 when he single-handedly won the World Cup for the USA - and I will be there tonight to say Thank You. He's a classy individual who couldn't be beaten on a breakaway - just ask Pavel Bure
I just hope that Mike Dunham doesn't "honor" him by giving up a Gatorade Goal.....
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#2 Posted on 4.2.04 1630.08 Reposted on: 4.2.11 1630.21
I'm pretty sure I said this once before in a thread about Richter's retirement, but it bears repeating:
As an Isles fan, I absolutely hated Richter and how he was able to shut down almost anything that came at him. But as a hockey fan, I had to respect the guy's ability and his hard work. I still remember how he came out of Beezer's shadow to become the #1 goalie for the Rangers. I'll admit, he was pretty exciting to watch at times.
All in all, congratulations to Mike Richter, and have a good time tonight, dunkndollaz!