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New York is home to the World’s finest sports clubs, and one of the finest and most traditional are the New York Rangers. Dating back to 1926 and part of the “Original Six,” the Rangers are an American made team.
The Rangers 25th Captain, Chris Drury retired in June of this year after agreeing to a buyout from the team. This left the Rangers with out a Captain, but many candidates. The acquisition of Brad Richards had the team buzzing as well as other options like Mark Staal. These two didn’t make the final cut and will wear the “A” on their sweaters this year as alternates to Ryan Callahan.
Ryan Callahan started with the Rangers in 2004, finally seeing NHL ice time in 2006. Since than Callahan has won a Silver medal in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games along with Rangers former Captain, Chris Drury. Last season, Callahan put up a career high in goals (23), assists (25) and points (48). Callahan missed 22 games due to injuries yet still put up great numbers in the end.
The transition from Drury to Callahan will not be a drastic one. The two are similar in style as well as American made! Last season, when Drury was injured, Callahan stepped in as acting Captain (so we know he is capable). With the help of veterans like Richards and Staal under him, Callahan will prove to be worthy of being named the New York Rangers 26th Captain.
The Rangers will open their season October 7th, facing off against the Kings in Stockholm Sweden. They will continue their Swedish tour on October 8th against the Ducks. The Rangers will return home to face their rivals, the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, October 15th. The Rangers won’t see the newly renovated Madison Square Garden until October 27th to take on the Maple Leafs.