Thanks to a reader for a link “to this story from the Glens Falls Post-Star”:http://www.poststar.com/articles/2006/10/04/news/doc452389f2ac519576203678.txt 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”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/05/we-were-duped/ 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.