As Leon knows the Los Angeles Kings are my main hockey team and in one year they have slipped from high up on the mountain down into the deep abyss. There are lots of theories and explanations on why that is so. But to be playing so bad and to be in last place there is one thing that isn't bad about them and that is the trait that Blue Jackets coach Tortorella is most upset about---the lack of effort and non-compete lack of desire by his team's players.
As frustrating and bad as it is with the Kings they are still playing hard and when they lose close games there is a lot of swearing and breaking of sticks about one second after the horn sounds ending the game.
I am, though I grew with the Rangers. When I was a kid the local New York station (Channel 9) had the broadcast rights to Rangers games, back in the days of Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin, Harry Howell, Brad Park, etc. I watched a decent amount of ice hockey back then. Some guy named Marv Albert did the play by play.
Oh wow... Was that the WWOR TV station? I thought they were doing Islanders games.
WOR-TV (as they were know back then, channel 9) had the rights to both the Rangers and Islanders. WOR-TV and MSG Network had the rights to the Rangers in the 1970s, but in the 1960s WPIX (channel 11) had it for a few years before WOR-TV took over. WOR-TV also had the rights to Knicks games back then, too.
I spent many an evening watching the Knicks and Rangers on WOR-TV, probably while doing homework. I remember the Knicks beating the Cincinnati Royals even though they were down by 5 with 27 seconds left in the game. Royals player-coach Bob Cousy had a key turnover in that comeback.
But WOR and WPIX were gold mines for a kid growing up in the New York TV market. Local sports, Three Stooges, Little Rascals, etc.