Top 10 List: #7 Eddie Giacomin

Old time hockey took the spot at #8 as Rod Gilbert showed us what its like to be a hockey player in the 60s and 70s for the New York Rangers. Today we stay on that path, a teammate of Gilbert and a man who still gets his name chanted by the Garden Faithful when he walks through the doors every time.

#7 – Eddie Giacomin

Eddie Giacomin. Madatory Credit: New York Rangers Offical Website

When you have 6 teams in the NHL, it was very hard to get a shot to play goal for a team. That’s why we saw Eddie Giacomin play 5 seasons in between the EHL and AHL, before the Rangers acquired his rights in 1965. The other team interested in Giacomin’s services were the Detroit Red Wings, where he would end up finishing his career at.

But enough of that, the Rangers finally would find a goaltender that would backstop them for the next nine seasons. He would go on to be a constant work horse for the team, playing 65+ games 4 consecutive seasons (1966-1970), appearing in 5 consecutive NHL All-Star Games (1966-1971), and would play one more in 1973. He currently leads the Rangers in total shut outs with 49, the closest being Henrik Lundqvist with 45, and is third all time on the New York Rangers for wins as a goaltender (266). In 1971, he would share the Veznia Trophy for the leagues top goaltender, with other Ranger netminder Gilles Villemure, yet his playing time and his time as a Ranger would reduce as the years grew on.

After dealing with a rash of injuries during the 1974-1975 campaign, and the team missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, he would end up being one of a select handful of high salaried players waived and bought out by the team. Eddie would then get quickly picked up, by the team originally trying to acquire his rights when the Rangers were, the Detroit Red Wings.

And on Holloween night in 1975, just two days after being waived by the Rangers, would return, this time a Red Wing, and the Garden faithful lit up the arena with “Ed-die! Ed-die!” chants, while booing the home team. He would spend two full seasons with the Red Wings until retiring at the end of the 1979 season.

Giacomin is a member of the Hockey Hall of fame, joining the ranks in 1987. Following that, just two years later, his number would be the second jersey retired by the Rangers joining Gilbert as the first two Rangers to ever have their number retired.

We see Eddie on and off at the Garden, get his name chanted every now and then when he appears on the jumbotron, and loved by the current Garden Faithful. His number is hanging from the rafters so we will never forget him.

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The night where the Garden chanted “Ed-die! Ed-die!”

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