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Rangers, MSG honor Davidson before game

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Prior to Saturday afternoon's home game against the St. Louis Blues, the Rangers and Madison Square Garden honored longtime Rangers player and broadcaster John Davidson in a special ceremony.

Davidson, making his first return to Madison Square Garden in his new role as president of the Blues, was presented with gifts from both the Rangers organization and his former colleagues at MSG.

The Rangers gave Davidson, known to fans as "J.D.", a silver goalie mask, modeled after the one he wore during his career with the Blueshirts. MSG presented Davidson with a framed collage of memorable moments from both his playing and broadcasting days.

Participating in the ceremony for Davdison were former Rangers teammate Ron Greschner and former MSG broadcast partner Sam Rosen, whose wife, Jill, sang the national anthem.

Davidson's wife and two daughters were also on hand for the event.

Between the first and second periods, MSG fans were treated to another ceremony, honoring NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo on his 1,500th game. The ceremony was conducted by the National Hockey League.
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