It's hard for Mike Richter to even think of a time he didn't see John Amirante before a game at Madison Square Garden. As Richter remembers, Amirante's presence at the World's Most Famous Arena was as much a staple as the Rangers' logo emblazed at center ice.
"I don't remember him missing a game," Richter said of Amirante, who passed away Tuesday at 83. "We were never at MSG when he wasn't there. He was a staple. John Amirante was always part of it."
Amirante, who began signing the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden back in 1980, set the bar high for anthem singers. But if it was possible, Richter said he was an even better man.