During last month's season-opener at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers honored a very special group of fans whose family members have been attending games for a half century. In a ceremony during the Oct. 5game's first intermission, Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert represented the organization in presenting golden hockey sticks to the Rosenblum, Nadasi and Weiss families, who are all celebrating their 50th year as Rangers Season Subscribers.
David Nadasi represented his family at the ceremony. David's father is the family's original subscriber and recalls the days when he could enter MSG for half price with his GO card and then race into the building to get a seat in the front row of his section. The Nadasi family held the same seats from 1967 to 2003, when David decided it was time to upgrade. The family also traveled to Vancouver to watch the Rangers in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
The entire Weiss family also took part in the ceremony. They had inherited their tickets from a family relative, and have had the same seats in Section 101 since the early 1970s. Family members said they enjoy these seats because it is a very social location. Don Weiss mentioned that the family hasn't changed seats because his wife can say hell to everyone that passes by them and because his children grew up right there in The Garden.
Apart from being members of the Rangers' elite 50-year subscriber club, these three families have one more thing in common - they all list 1994 as one of the best years of their lives.
With the addition of the Nadasi, Weiss and Rosenblum families this season, the number of Rangers Season Subscribers with at least 50 years' tenure has risen to 13 families and counting!