November 7, 2019; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (28) shoots against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory – USA TODAY Sports
The long summer continues as fans await the start of the next New York Rangers season.
As anticipation grows for what this team can do after a thrilling run to the Eastern Conference Finals, it’s time to look back on the franchise’s storied history.
The Blueshirts have been in the NHL since 1926 and have had some incredible times. Of course, being around this long, they also have their share of embarrassing issues.
So we decided to take you back to some real blooper gems from the Rangers archives.
In 1979, some of hockey’s greatest decided it was a good idea to get into the Rock N’ Roll industry. It’s a classic but quite embarrassing when you look back. I think Phil Esposito induction into the Hall of Fame was delayed because of this. “How was I to know he was a ref-er-ree!!!”
Maybe it was really cool then, but it’s really commendable now.
Was there anything funny in the air in 1979? Anders Hedberg, Ron Duguay, David Maloney and of course… Phil Esposito was featured in a popular jeans ad that totally backfired. The “Ooh La La Sasson” line would be changed to Ooh La La So Soon whenever the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs.
The jeans were really nice though.
Okay, okay… if Hockey Sock Rock wasn’t bad enough, John Davidson did a segment for a direct-to-video release of the NHL in the 80s that will have you shaking your head.
Phil Esposito again led the charge along with Ron Duguay and Dave Maloney. The video also features a song by some LA Kings stars, including Marcel Dionne, who would later play for Rangers as well.
John Giannone is one of the best in the business, but that moment on an old MSG show in 2015 is one he would like to forget. To be fair to John, it wasn’t his only mistake because someone in the truck played the wrong clip.
After a brief commercial break, the appropriate clip played and Giannone captured the moment beautifully as he always does.
The big mistake
It’s spelled GRETZKY! Not GRETKZY!
Did the Rangers really do that? Yes, on October 30, 1997, the Rangers misspelled the name of the world’s greatest hockey player to ever lace up skates. AGAINST THE ISLANDERS NOT LESS! I bet many of you locked out this awkward moment. Sorry to shed light on this debacle again. Wayne Gretzky we apologize…again…and again.
Wayne Gretzky’s incredible career spanned 20 years beginning with the Edmonton Oilers. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings in what is still considered one of the most shocking moves in sports. Gretzky made one pit stop with the St. Louis Blues before ending his illustrious Broadway career.
All-time NHL leading scorer with 2,857 points: Wayne Gretkzy – I mean Gretzky.
Lias Andersson falls on premiere night
Lias Andersson had one of the most embarrassing moments for a Ranger. The setting was Opening Night against the Winnipeg Jets on October 3, 2019.
Andersson felt really good coming out of training camp after being part of the squad for the 2019-20 season. The Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2017 draft was on the opening night slate and presented to the crowd.
Stick raised in the air triumphantly to cheers from the fans, Andersson forgot the perilous televised wire that knocked him down on the way to center ice.
Rangers won that match 6-4 with Artemi Panarin registering three points on his Garden debut.
Ultimately, it was Andersson’s final season with Rangers. He was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Wait a minute? Is there a pattern between Rangers and Kings when it comes to bloopers? We may need to investigate this in the future.