Here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today, about Joe Devenney of Mahopac, who is retiring after 37 years with the Rangers as an equipment guy.
Tom Horvath, the legendary NYC hockey coach who developed the Mullen brothers, has been in the organization about 52 years as an equipment man. Devenney was second in terms of length of service. When I first covered a Rangers game in 1978, only three people were there then who are still around now: Horvath, Devenney (who started in 1972 under Emile Francis) and Sam Rosen, who was just starting out doing Knicks and some occasional hockey. Now there are two.
You might recognize him (above) because for years he was on the visitors’ bench during games, literally, in the early days, opening and closing the bench door.
Just a great, good man. We will miss having him around.
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