Please don’t throw stuff on the ice

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Since our friend LW3H and his blog “Springing Malik” got the topic rolling on classic moments of tossing stuff onto the ice in NHL history, here are some favorite Rangers-related stuff-thrown-on-the-ice stories. Or my two cents. Hope I have the details correct:

1) There was a night in the ’80s when the Rangers gave away hats. Actually, it was a sponsored giveway, just about the time when such things began to explode. Yes, once upon a time, the team would give away bats and balls or hats and shirts, not the sponsors. Anyway, these were red baseball-style caps, and I think they were sponsored by a cigarette company — sign of the times — Winston or Marlboro or somebody, if I’m not mistaken.

Anyway, of course Mark Pavelich scores five goals that night. So the ice was littered with red hats three times, until just about every one of the 17,000 or so hats had been tossed. Looked a little like the day the Reggie Bars came flying out of the stands at Yankee Stadium.

2) At the end of one of those great Phil Esposito years, the Rangers had a fan appreciation night. They gave away these cheap plastic clocks.

Or, better to describe them as pointy, sharp, plastic missiles. Because when the Rangers got bombarded that day (might have been by Pittsburgh, or maybe not) the clocks came a-flying. Bob Froese had to back up into his net to avoid being maimed. Afterwards, asked what he was thinking, he said, “I was thanking God it wasn’t Machete Night.”

3) This got lost in the shuffle the night the Bruins went into the stands to fight the patrons at MSG. But the game actually ended with Espo on a breakaway, and as he bore in on his friend Gerry Cheevers, he was hit right in the caboose by a tennis ball thrown perfectly from the blue seats.

4) Does anybody remember the night somebody flung a puck into the net from the seats during play, causing much controversy and discussion?

5) Roger Neilson, when he was Toronto coach, and perhaps later when he was Rangers coach, had a couple of dirty little tricks … for example, if his team faced a 5-on-3 at the end of a game, he’d simply send a fourth and fifth skater onto the ice. What could the referees do? Even if they assessed more penalties, the worst the Rangers could face was a 5-on-3.

Anyway, one of Neilson’s tricks was, whenever his team needed a timeout, he and/or an assistant coach would reach into his pocket and throw all his change onto the ice. The officials didn’t know where the money came from, but they had to stop the game to pick up the coins, and Neilson had his relatively inexpensive timeout.

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  1. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Great stories Carp…fun to read…I remember that puck that appeared from nowhere…I think it bounced into thew net didn’t it ?

    I was once at the doctor’s office and Bob Froese and I were on line for the x-ray machine shooting the breeze for 10 minutes…good guy

  2. ‘Bob Froese had to back up into his net to avoid being maimed. Afterwards, asked what he
    was thinking, he said, “I was thanking God it wasn’t Machete Night.”’

    LOL

  3. Great stories Carp. Was it Roger Neilson who also pulled his goalie at the end of a game and had him leave his stick on the ice in front of the net?

  4. The White Plains Batman on

    I was at the thundersticks disaster for Game 4 of the 09 series against the Caps; I understood the frustration but those things really should never be seen in a NY sporting event again.

    Thanks for another great Roger Neilson story Carp. Loved that man as Rangers coach and he was such a good whacky guy.

  5. Good morning, boneheads!

    Great stories, Carp. That’s why you’re the best. I remember that game, the puck did go in the net…

    First time I’m hearing about the coin stuff by Roger….He was a character, indeed.

  6. I had season tickets back then, and I attended the Pavelich 5-goal game. I was one of the few fans that held on to their souvenir hats, and I still have it. It was a red Winston cap. Cheaply made, and it’s kind of falling apart now, but it became an instant keepsake due to Mark’s 5 goals.

    Every once in a while I take it out of the closet and wear it. You’d be surprised at how many Ranger fans have stopped me on the street and asked if that is the “Pavelich hat”. Ranger fans have long memories…

  7. Chopper, yes. He did that pulled goalie stunt. He also had his goalie, on penalty shots, come charging out at the shooter before the shooter began to skate forward. That forced a rule change that the goalie had to be in his crease until the ref blew his whistle. Good ol’ Rog. He’s also responsible for the white towels at playoff games for waving a white towel at the refs as a Vancouver assistant. There’s a statue of him waving the towel, at the end of a hockey stick, outside the Canucks arena.

    Tell you another thing about Roger. The day after he was fired, and his best friend — his dog, Mike — died, you know where Roger was? At the Rangers practice facility. Why? Why not?

    Thanks, Dan. Maybe I should write another book. :)

  8. Which Dubi U bi? on

    I was at the game when a puck thrown from the stands landed in the net. Sitting on the opposite side of the ice, we all thought it was a legit, game winning goal. I believe it was against the Canucks and the incident happened in OT. Much chaos and confusion. Sign of the times, but I believe the game ended in a tie.

  9. I was at the game when a puck thrown from the stands landed in the net. Sitting on the opposite side of the ice, we all thought it was a legit, game winning goal. I believe it was against the Canucks and the incident happened in OT. Much chaos and confusion. Sign of the times, but I believe the game ended in a tie.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_z7oUUQT8

  10. Joekuh - Can I Get Another Question? Ptooey! on

    GREAT stories Carp! That Neilson 5 on 3 story is funny as heatley!

  11. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    morning ILB and all!!

    carp
    thanks for the awesome stories!

    I still say if you want to “goon” it up or get back at someone, the end of the 4 on 4 overtime is the perfect situation!

  12. Pierre Sturgeon (Pier Sturgeon?)
    Mike Fisher (Pike Fisher?)
    Rod Brind’Amour
    Hal Gill
    Cody Bass
    Miikka Kippersoff
    Robbie Shrimp

  13. 3 weeks – 21 days – 504 hours – 30,240 minutes – 1,814,400 seconds = NO SMOKES.
    But why does my wife keep shrinking my pants ??

  14. Phil Esposito used to dress like a pimp….

    Speaking of, where is that amatuer-hour clown, Miami Pimp?

  15. Seattle actually makes sense for an NHL team…at least, I think so….

    Didn’t Winnipeg already fail once? Why will it be different this time?

  16. billybleedsblue on

    NYR, Miami’s too busy instructing assen-clown courses down at the local learning annex

  17. LOL! I never said Hawaii wasn’t a good idea!!! I’d love it too!

    Ha! good one, billy!

  18. Didn’t Rod Gilbert hurt his back when he skated over something thrown on the ice? It seems that I heard that story quite a long time ago and his back gave him trouble quite a bit after that.

    Tony, you should celebrate. Here, have a cigar.

    Oh wait…..

  19. JimboWoodside on

    Newton Minnow? (I know, he wasn’t involved in hockey – but I don’t think Buster Crabbe was, either!)

  20. JimboWoodside on

    One more – “Skate” Gomez – who produced like a dead fish for Montreal and the NYR….

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