Before we get to the business of hockey … since we have this long, long game day to kill (10:30 p.m. start), there’s this:
Iron Mike Keenan, and the great, great Pulitzer-winning columnist Dave Anderson of the The New York Times, will be honored with the Halligan-McGuire Irish-American Good Guy award on Tuesday, March 22 at a luncheon at Gallagher’s Steak House.
The award is named for the late John Halligan—the wonderful former Rangers P.R. man and hockey historian—and Knicks Hall of Famer Dick McGuire. Proceeds go to the John Halligan Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fordham U.
You know about Keenan. I know not much about Mr. McGuire. But I feel I need to tell you that Dave Anderson is one of the finest people on the planet— seriously, in the Adam Graves stratosphere—and so was Halligan.
If you’d like to attend the noon luncheon, the cost is $83.50 per person, and you can get more info and tickets through Cirillo World, 212-972-5337 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be back later with pre-game notes, and then later tonight with a Go Time post … and we’re going to have a minute of silence for Old Coach 92 tonight.
UPDATE: I was just informed that also being honored at the Halligan-McGuire luncheon is New Rochelle’s Brian McIntyre, the long-time and much respected NBA exec, whose son Brendan, coincidentally, is following in Halligan’s footsteps as an outstanding PR man for the Rangers.