NYRangers.com is getting ready to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers, and to welcome back the players and coaches and staff for a one-of-a-kind celebration on Feb. 8 at the Garden. We'll be looking back at a few of the memorable moments and characters that made the joy of this championship season one that will last a lifetime.
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Despite what you may have heard, there is in fact a soft side to Mike Keenan. It is unmistakable when he speaks of how much he is looking forward to seeing his title-winning team together again at Madison Square Garden.
"I'm looking forward to seeing my players - I've seen some of them since the Cup, but not all of them," Keenan said. "I want to see them and see how they're doing and see how their families have grown. That's the thing. That's what I'm really looking forward to."
Keenan, who arrived at the Garden in the spring of 1993 preceded by his reputation for sternness and success as an NHL head coach, will return on Friday night to be celebrated as the guiding hand (fist?) of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers. It is a group that achieved their greatest triumph together 25 years ago, who will throw a silver anniversary party back home at on Broadway on Friday night, and who Keenan can't wait to be reunited with.
Maybe, though, the evidence of a milder manner has been there all along, because Keenan, in an interview with NYRangers.com talking over memories of his team's run to a title that transfixed New York, recalled the moment 25 years ago when the man they call Iron Mike says he felt fully primed for the biggest hockey game of his life, Rangers vs. Canucks on June 14, 1994.