What Happened August 22 in New York Rangers History
On this date in 1977, the New York Rangers announced the hiring of Jean Guy Talbot as new head coach. He was hired by general manager John Ferguson who stepped down from the coaching duties he had undertaken when the team fired general manager Emile Francis and coach Ron Stewart in January 1976.
This was another step in the takeover of the Blueshirts by the former Montreal Canadiens who had no connection with the Rangers as neither Ferguson nor Talbot had all played for New York. They had been teammates of two Stanley Cup champion teams in the late 1960s.
Talbot was a winner, playing on seven champion teams over a 17-year NHL career. He had also coached the St. Louis Blues for two seasons and had also coached in the minor leagues.
Talbot lasted a year with a 30-37-13 record, losing a first-round series to the Buffalo Sabers. He left when the team fired Ferguson and Talbot and hired Fred Shero.
The biggest impact Talbot had on the Rangers was sartorial. He was famous for wearing a tracksuit as he guided the team behind the bench. Despite training players like Phil Esposito, Ron Duguay and Anders Hedberg who had starred in a commercial for Sassoon jeans, Talbot felt that the tracksuit was appropriate, despite the fact that his fellow coaches generally wore stylish suits and the fashion.
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In the Hockey News Book “The Greatest Of Everything In Hockey,” Talbot explained that he wears the traffic suit because he was sweating profusely and didn’t want to ruin his suits. So the.
Doug Harvey says more coaching
On this date in 1962, coach Doug Harvey gave up his coaching position, preferring to return strictly as a player. Harvey had come to the Montreal Rangers to serve as a player-coach. Montreal had let him pursue his career, obtaining Lou Fontinato in compensation.
In his first year in the dual role, Harvey took the team to the playoffs for the first time in four years. The 37-year-old defender also won the Norris Trophy for the seventh time. The Rangers paid him a record salary of $ 27,500, making him the highest paid coach in NHL history.
Harvey did not appreciate the dual role and was very unhappy to move his family from Montreal to New York and he announced that he would retire after the 1961-62 season. On that date, he accepted the Rangers’ offer of a one-year, $ 30,000 contract to play just defense. GM Muzz Patrick took over behind the bench.
Art Coulter at the Hall of Fame
On that date in 1974, former Ranger Art Coulter was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Coulter was a defenseman who played 11 years in the NHL for the Chicago Black Hawks and Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup in 1934 with the Hawks and with the Rangers in 1940.
Coulter was the second captain in franchise history after Bill Cook, and served from 1937 to 1942. He was named three times to the Second Team All-Star while with the Rangers.
15 NHL players were born on August 22 with only one Ranger in this group.
Ken hammond was born on that date in 1963 in Port Credit, Ontario. He was a defender who played for seven teams over an eight-year career. The Rangers picked him off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers in November 1988 and after spending most of the year with the Denver Rangers he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was called up to play three scoreless games in New York.