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Hockey Maven Stan Fischler Recalls An NHL Life

June 14 marks the 20th anniversary of one the most memorable nights in New York hockey history, when the New York Rangers broke a 54-year curse and beat Vancouver for the Stanley Cup.

Some fans had been waiting their entire lives for that night, including perhaps the world’s No. 1 Rangers chronicler, Stan Fischler, better known in metro rinks as The Hockey Maven. Fischler was a charter member of the Rangers fan club in 1950 and has gone on to cover the Blueshirts — and the Devils, Islanders and the rest of the NHL— for decades, in print and on the air.

As another hockey season comes to a close, Fischler joins us to discuss his newest book, We Are The Rangers, an oral history of one of hockey’s original six out now from Triumph Books.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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