The period from mid-1940’s through the mid-1960’s were lean years for the Rangers. They made the playoffs six times during a 24 year span, from 1942-43 to 1965-66. Subtract the three-year span from 1955-56 to 1957-58 and the Rangers missed the playoffs eighteen times out of twenty-one seasons.
One bright spot was the play of winger Camille Henry. He was a tiny, slippery player known as Camille the Eel, who avoided being hit by bigger players. He stood approximately 5-8, 145, but played larger than his size. He played with a good motor, had a good wrist shot, excelled on the power play, and specialized at deflecting pucks in front of the net – he just knew where to be. Most of all, he was a big fan favorite, playing all or parts of twelve seasons. Read the rest of this entry
Very little is known about Ranger players before 1960. Many good and even great ones donned the blue jersey and one of them was a true pioneer of the game, Bill Cook.
Born in 1895, he was 30 when he arrived in New York, due to playing for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League and participating in World War I with the Canadian army, where he participated in battles such as the Somme and Ypres. Returning home, he went to Saskatchewan when he was awarded farm land there for serving in the Great War. After four productive years playing with the Saskatoon Sheiks/Crescents, where he led the league in scoring three times and in goals twice, he landed with the Rangers when the Western League folded after the 1925-26 season. Read the rest of this entry