The Rangers just announced they will retire Adam Graves’ No. 9 before their Feb. 3 game against Atlanta.
Another new development today — perhaps in response to some criticism about neglecting the franchise’s rich history — is that they will also retire Andy Bathgate’s No. 9 AND Harry Howell’s No. 3in a ceremony before the Feb. 22 game against Toronto.
As we speak, Michal Rozsival is standing in front of a mirror, trying out different numbers (“Does 12 make me look fat?”).
Curiously (or at least to me, since I didn’t know this) Bathgate and Howell were called up to the Rangers on the same day in October of 1952.
Bathgate was also my father’s favorite hockey player of all time (excluding his two sons, of course).