And they’re nice to small animals, too


Thanks to a reader for a link “to this story from the Glens Falls Post-Star”: about the Rangers’ random act of kindness in Lake George.

I had heard the story but I’m glad someone had the good sense to remind me of it. In it, a young boy who had gone to the Rangers’ practice thought he had missed his chance to get autographs outside the rink when he saw the team bus pull away. At the last second, though, the bus stopped, Tom Renney stepped out, and he invited the kid on board to get signatures from the entire team.

Good stuff. I suppose the cynical way of looking at this sort of thing is that the NHL needs all the fans it can get these day. The truth is that hockey players on whole are a generally decent bunch; and that in my brief time getting to know him, Renney has impressed me as among the most decent.


Bear in mind I say this even after the coach took us all for a ride with “his line combination ruse”: from earlier in the week. Those of us who were at practice today made sure we continued to give Renney a hard time about that, and rightfully so.

But that’s all part of the usual back-and-forth you get between a professional head coach and the reporters who cover him. I don’t have to like everything Renney does in his job. But as the Lake George story shows, it’s hard not to respect him.

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  1. In general hockey players are more in touch with reality than other professional athletes. The story reminded of what a well-known Ranger did for me and my son many years ago. After the Rangers won the cup in 1994 I went downtown to see the cup somewhere near South Street Seaport. It was hot, the lines were massive, and my son, then just 2 years old, could not possibly wait the amount of time required. I took my son who was sittting on my lap (I use a wheelchair) and went to the front of the line to ask a policeman how long the wait was and was told it was at least an hour or two. I knew our trip was fruitless and started to leave when a minute or two later I felt a tap on my shoulder. The man that tapped me was Adam Graves. He asked if I was leaving because my son could not wait on line. Stunned, I stammered I was indeed leaving because the lines were too long. He simply said come with me and walked me and my son right to the cup where we had our picture taken. This photo makes me smile every time I look at it but the indelible memory is not the photo itself but the thoughfulness of Adam Graves. It is good to know that hockey players still display this kind of compassion–especially the Rangers!

  2. Jess Rubenstein on


    You showed your rookie reporter in falling for the line combo game that Renney likes to play. Renney has done this game before, sometimes his practice lines are for real and sometimes they are not.

    The key to look for is how important the game will be. If the game is big (like opening night) then expect the line combos in practice to be suspect.

    Think about it Sam you post here a couple of times a day and the info you post becomes public knowledge which is what Renney was hoping for.

    Welcome to the NHL lol

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