BlueLINES For BlueSHIRTS! September 7th: Rangers Honor 9/11 Firefighters

This picture disappoints me slighty; Micahel Del Zotto cut his hair! (ESPN)

Part of the reason the New York Rangers are such a like-able franchise is the amount of time and money they invest back in to the community. With the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 coming on Sunday, some members of the Blueshirts visited NYC firehouses throughout the city yesterday to honor New York’s Bravest.

John Tortorella hammered a key point home during the festivities yesterday that athletes are merely performers, not heroes. Firefighters are the true heroes. Here’s a quote the head coach gave ESPN:

We’re always looking for heroes in sports, the winning goal, the touchdown, but that’s it there, that’s the real stuff,” Tortorella told ESPN as he pointed to the room honoring those who died on Sept. 11. “Players are performers. That’s the real stuff there. You go through that room there, that’s just amazing to me. We live in a bubble … in the sports world we live in a bubble and that’s real stuff there. They’re the real heroes as far as what continues to go on as far as what they do for work. Not us.

Continue reading to get your Rangers’ headlines for today.

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Michael Russo has a touching article about Derek Boogaard’s “killer addiction” as told by his brother Ryan Boogaard. [Star Tribune]

Andrew Gross has a piece on how the expectations for the Rangers are higher this season. But that’s perfectly fine with Henrik Lundqvist. [The Record]

The Brad Richards interview on WFAN yesterday has gone viral. [Blueshirts United]

Christian Nehls has part one of a series of Q & A with Connecticut Whale aficionado Brian Ring (who’s also lent some time here before) talking prospects.  [Blue Seat Blogs]

Rick Moldovanyi has hilarious post about NHL players going back to school. [The Score]

Jess Rubenstein is pleased the Rangers are building their team to suit a game plan: a recipe for potential long-term success. [Prospect Park]

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Topics: 9/11, Connecticut Whale, Derek Boogaard Death, ESPN, Henrik Lundqvist, John Tortorella, Minnesota, New York Rangers, NYC Firefighters, September 11, Twin Towers

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