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.