By Fred Wallace
The Emile Francis Era
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
We've all heard the mantra that everybody remembers the winners and NOBODY remembers the losers.
I don't disagree with that concept, but for some, the team that lost carries a special place in the memory bank.
For example, George Grimm has authored a book titled " We Did Everything But Win ", a chronicle of the New York Rangers during the Emile Francis Era from 1964 to 1976.
In the beginning, the Rangers were nowhere, non-Stanley Cup winners since 1941 and while there were no Stanley Cups during the Francis Era, the Rangers were pretty good.
Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Vic Hadfield; the GAG Line.
Brad Park, maybe the best defenceman in hockey history not to win a Stanley Cup.
Eddie Giacomin & Gilles Villemure in goal.
The Rangers made it to the 1972 Stanley Cup Final.....but Boston had Bobby Orr & Phil Esposito while Ratelle was valiantly trying to overcome an ankle injury.
In 1974, the Rangers were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the semifinals, the lingering image being New York being penalized for too many men as they attempted to pull the goalie.
We only remember the winners, but the New York Rangers of the 60's and 70's who " Did Everything But Win " are remembered well by George Grimm
I'm Fred Wallace