John Tortorella pre-game; Lundqvist launches Crown Collection benefit


The pre-game presser started off slowly, as many do, but it picked up … John Tortorella ended up talking about Brandon Prust (he’s had to ask him not to fight some players because Prust is too good a player), and about the power play.

You might hear at one point early (around :40) a couple of thuds. That’s Tortorella banging his forehead on the microphone out of frustration with the questions.

John Tortorella:



From the Rangers:


Crown Collection Apparel Available Exclusively at Madison Square Garden Beginning Today

New York, January 19, 2012 – New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist today launched the Crown Collection, a selection of apparel he designed that will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.  Launching the Crown Collection is just one way that Lundqvist, a spokesperson for the Foundation, is committed to helping fulfill Garden of Dreams’ mission of making dreams come true for children facing obstacles. In the six years since the Foundation’s inception, Lundqvist has inspired thousands of special children through Rangers ticket donations and hosting events.

The Crown Collection, which features a crown logo with Lundqvist’s number thirty at the center, will include a distressed-style baseball hat and tee-shirt available in adult and youth sizes. The Collection will be sold exclusively at retail stores at Madison Square Garden beginning today. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Garden of Dreams.

“I am very excited to debut the Crown Collection,” said Lundqvist. “I have had this idea for a while now and it’s really exciting to finally see it come to life. I look forward to sharing this with my fans, and most importantly, raising money and awareness for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, an organization that does amazing work to raise the spirits of children who have been dealt a tough hand.”

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  1. Good evening all! Seriously Carp? That’s hysterical!!!

    You know the sequel to the Hambone Clause? Bad Hambone.

  2. Honestly, I’ve no idea what it is all about already for 2.5 hours and 58 posts. Still have no clue. Nice,… like Thailand checker’s player finding himself on the middle of the ice in fast pace hockey game.

  3. …Means, he have a sure feeling he will be hurt badly, but don’t know when, how and where it will come from…

  4. I know mama, but from “fresh” eye it looks totally insane, unrulled absurd. LOL. Ionesco Theater. Nice, as I said…

  5. CTBlueshirt January 19th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    This is all HAMBONE’s fault

    4ever, HAMBONE CLAUS love Steve Hickman!

  6. Mama, what was that link to?

    Got sent home early cause we’re getting pounded with snow! I love it!!!

  7. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    It has been puking snow here for about a day and a half now and I love it!!!

    LGR and LGD!!!!

  8. which reminds me — last year when we were getting pounded with snow storms, some guy in my ‘hood put a big sign on his front yard: “Free Snow.”

  9. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Thanks, just one of the many reasons we love you…generosity!

  10. Wicky, don’t you love it?? This storm came out of nowhere! It’s so pretty and quiet and I hope we have a snow day tomorrow and I get to go sledding! Wee!!!

  11. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, lol, was that guy in your ‘hood’ actually you? That’s pretty funny stuff, gotta remember that one :D

    I’m really psyched for tonight’s game. It’s gonna be a good one! Let’s ice the Pens!

  12. Carp, have you seen seen an increase in local reporters covering the team and have any of them asked Torts a question starting with “Talk about..” yet?

    That second question sounded like it came from a 15 year old kid.

  13. Hah. Yeah, he has a young-kid’s voice. There were a ton of reporters at practice yesterday, but it’s always hard not to figure out who’s legit and who’s doing special stuff. For example there were cameras and reporters hanging with Lundqvist and the Garden of Dreams kids, and Blueshirts United has a camera and two people there all the time now. But, in general, no significant increase in local media.

    Talk about that, BANJ.

  14. Hey, Carp – Andrew Gross was just on NHL Live doing a phone interview – do those guys ever contact you to do phone interviews?

  15. LMAO, you get me a press pass and I’ll ask him a question like that. Then I’ll by you a prime rib sandwich and a salty pretzel!

  16. “Just bring a really big truck and take as much as you want.”

    You won’t see the KFC Newark branch use that advertising slogan again, that’s for sure.

  17. Just went past he prime rib place … not happening for $18.95.

    NHL Live hasn’t contacted me yet … maybe because I make fun of them … but probably because I don’t travel with the team anymore. I don’t really care.

  18. Mmmmmmmm! Prime Rib! Sounds great!

    Oh OK, Carp – I guess, in their estimation, that not traveling with the team means that you don’t know enough about the goings-on in Rangerland? That’s pretty insipid of them!

  19. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, according to my unofficial calculations, you’ve had over 12,040 comments to the blog since Ria (The Silent Bonehead) kicked-off the New Year. That’s on average 633 comments per day, and today is not over, so those numbers only go up.

    At $0.50 / comment, that’s over $6,020 (American) already! Not too shabby!

  20. Sally, HAMBONE CLAUS happy to answer questions.

    HAMBONE CLAUS famous for seeping under doors during the magnificent holiday FEAST OF THE HAM. HAMBONE CLAUS leave presents for children in exchange for bacon and local craft beer, which HAMBONE CLAUS find very delicious.

  21. I was having fun too. HAMBONE CLAUS was just about to explain how the workers at his present factory all make a living wage and have paid sick leave.

  22. So I’m at work (as usual) and Im working with a a guy who has been here 5 time I’ve put a game on and they’ve lost all 5…safe to say Im not watching tonight lol

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