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Veteran hockey scribes Adam Raider and Russ Cohen have teamed up for a new book titled “100 Things Rangers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” (Triumph Books). While it is obviously intended for the sizeable Broadway Blues fan base, the authors’ breezy yet informative styles, make it a fun read even if you are a marginal hockey aficionado at best.

Raider and Cohen are able to capture nearly everything worth mentioning in the almost 90-year history of the franchise including the models that Rangers players married; the fight between teammates Ron Stewart and Terry Sawchuk that resulted in the latter’s death; a detailed history of the Blueshirts’ battles with their various nearby rivals; past Rangers broadcasters including Queens natives Howie Rose and Sal Messina; as well as trivia that will challenge the most ardent of Rangers fans.

In a nice touch, the Islanders are commemorating their last season at the Nassau Coliseum by having some of their greatest players, such as Billy Smith and Denis Potvin, take a curtain call before games.

It’s a sign of the Isles’ changing fortunes that two of their players, Kyle Okposo and John Taveras, were mentioned on the Post’s legendary gossip site, Page Six, this past Sunday where it was reported that both players were shopping for toys for needy kids.

For years the Islanders couldn’t dream of getting ink on Page Six because their lack of success combined with playing in suburban Nassau County. I have a feeling that they will be getting more attention when they move to Brooklyn next fall.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com.

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