Lesser Known Rangers – Volume 5
90 years of existence, the Rangers have had a plethora of players come and go through the gates of Madison Square Garden. Some names known and some not so popular and some you probably had no idea played for the Rangers, or didn’t even remember their time here. Lesser Known Rangers dives into this topic by looking into players to whom you had no idea donned a Blueshirt. So strap yourselves in and prepare to take a trip down obscure hockey player avenue! Let’s begin!
Chris Holt, Goaltender
Time with Rangers – 10 minutes in one game during the 2005-06 season
There isn’t much to say here about Chris Holt. Holt was drafted 180th overall by the Rangers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His tenure as a Ranger was mainly in the minor leagues, as he bounced around between the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Holt was called up in December 2005 to back up Henrik Lundqvist, as incumbent backup Kevin Weekes was injured at the time. He played just over 10 minutes in a game, making two saves in his only appearance as a Ranger. He was sent down to Hartford shortly thereafter. That was all we would see of Chris Holt with the Blueshirts.
After a season in the Rangers’ minor league system, Holt signed with the St. Louis Blues in October 2008 and made another appearance as an emergency back up for Chris Mason in February 2009. He played 19 minutes, allowing no goals and making 3 saves in the process. Since then, he’s bounced around from the Senators’ training camp to the AHL, then back to the ECHL. He’s also made trips to Russia, Austria, Italy and the United Kingdom.
He’s also part of a Latvian band called “Ice Wolf” where he sings and does covers of songs. It’s not as bad as you may think, he’s actually pretty good at this music stuff!
Patrick Flatley, Right Wing
Time with Rangers – 68 games played during the 1996-97 season
For thirteen seasons, Patrick Flatley wore the captains “C” on his chest proudly. Then, General Manager and “man who makes smart hockey decisions” Mike Milbury, bought out the remaining year on Flatley’s contract, rendering him a free agent. The Rangers nabbed him right before training camp to add depth to their forward core, as that was something the team was lacking at the time.
In what would be his final season in the NHL, Flatley stuck it to the Islanders as he carved out a decent season for himself by putting up ten goals and twelve assists in 68 games, including making an appearance in eleven Rangers playoff games that year, while the Islanders had zero, as they finished seventh in the Atlantic Division with a 29-41-12 record. Something tells me this Milbury guy isn’t so great at his job…..
Fedor Fedorov, Left Wing
Time with Rangers – Three games during the 2005-06 season
Sergei’s younger brother was a staple for the Vancouver Canucks farm team, the Manitoba Moose, in the early 2000s. He posted his best season for Manitoba with 39 points in 58 games in 2003-04. After two brief cups of coffee with the Canucks, Vancouver traded Fedorov to the New York Rangers for Jozef Balej and a conditional sixth-round pick.
After spending most of his time with the Hartford Wolf Pack, playing in 38 games, Fedorov only played in three NHL games for the Rangers. Fedorov scorched the earth with his performance. Well, not really. He did not put up a point and tallied only six penalty minutes. It seems to me the Rangers always seem to get the wrong sibling from a hockey family (see Marcel Hossa).
After one season with the Syracuse Crunch after his tenure as a Ranger, Fedorov bolted to Russia and has played there ever since.