Just heard some sad news, and it may not mean much to you, but Herb Hammond passed away after a battle with cancer. Herb was a Rangers scout for a long time, beginning in 1989 with the hiring of Neil Smith.
It’s impossible to quantify his contributions, but obviously he was part of the regime that began the quick franchise turnaround from laughingstock to Stanley Cup championship in 1994. Hammond was the Rangers New England scout at that point, having worked at Brown University the previous seven years as hockey coach and assistant athletic director. He coached at Plattsburgh and Oswego state colleges prior to that, and was a high school hockey coach starting in 1958.
And, like so many of those who were associated with the ’94 team, Herb was just a real good, high-character, quality person. We will miss him.