Frank Boucher Update: The Boucher Family Shares Exclusive Pictures/Heirlooms From Frank Boucher’s Career, The Latest Update on Trying To Get The Rangers To Notice The Greatest Ranger Of Them All, The Frank Boucher Award & More

This was one of my favorite pictures that Mike Casagrande, a relative (great-great nephew) of Frank Boucher, shared with me.

What’s up everyone and welcome to the second of two blogs, here on 9/11/17. I still can’t believe it’s been 16 years since the day the world changed forever. Sometimes I think about the people born post 9/11/01 or who were just kids at the time. The world has never been the same since. If you’re a New Yorker like me, chances are you know someone who lost someone on this day. My respects and condolences to anyone grieving today. I don’t mean to bring anyone down, but I just can’t ignore this date.

Here in RANGERSTOWN, I have some great news to share with you. As mentioned previously, I have put people in the Rangers organization in contact with a member of the Boucher family. Whether they work something out, that remains to be seen. As a fan of the Rangers, a fan of history and a fan of Frank Boucher, I feel like i did my part. It’s up to the Rangers to correct a major wrong, and honor Boucher in their rafters.

If you’re not familiar with who Frank Boucher is, let me share this blog for the millionth time:

Don’t Let History Be Forgotten! Time for The Rangers to Finally Honor The Greatest Ranger Ever, Frank Boucher

A hockey hall of famer, an innovator, and a man with 3 NYR Stanley Cup victories under his belt, isn’t enough for the Rangers to honor Frank Boucher.

I know the Rangers feel like so much time has passed & they feel like idiots. I know the Rangers think by doing something for Boucher, it makes them look stupid for ignoring Frank for so long. Rangers management shouldn’t worry about that, because as Ranger fans, we are used to the ineptness.  After all James Dolan still gives Isiah Thomas a paycheck to this day.

We can all agree that it was a mistake to not make Boucher the first person to have his jersey hung in MSG. However, it’s a bigger mistake not to fix the original mistake. It’s time to finally right this long overdue wrong.

To be honest, the Rangers should do a “WE FUCKED UP NIGHT” and just retire Frank Boucher’s #7, Bill Cook’s #5 and Ron Greschner’s #4 in one night. As stated, I know the Rangers feel that relatives of the Boucher & Cook families do not exist, but they are dead wrong. Those families would love to see someone in their family tree (and arguably the most famous person in that family tree) get the respect and notoriety they deserve. If you coupled in Ron Greschner, who is alive and well, you can do all three at once & not worry about a dead crowd, you know the dead crowd that Jean Ratelle will probably get on 2/25/18.

I mean really, it took the Rangers nearly 40 years to honor Jean Ratelle. With TIER PRICING, tickets are out of control. Most fans who watched Ratelle in his prime either are dead or been priced out a long time ago. Sure, fans like me get the tradition and have respect for Ratelle, but outside of my “Delorean” blogs, I’ve only seen Ratelle play two full length games. It’s not like MSG Networks or the Rangers release old games to educate fans about legends from days of yore.

I know I’m a freaking maniac and trying to watch old games with Ranger legends. Is every Ranger fan doing that? Probably not. This whole franchise is so fucking ass backwards and greedy, it just drives me nuts. Ratelle deserves a nice big and loud crowd. With the way things are in 2017,  I just see this thing going over with golf claps.

Seriously, this is the Rangers right now –

“COME DOWN TO JEAN RATELLE NIGHT, WHERE TICKETS ARE ONLY TRIPLE THE PRICE OF OUR NORMALLY EXPENSIVE TICKETS! TIER PRICING BABY, SOMEONE HAS TO PAY THAT SWEDISH ASSHOLE IN NET! FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $250 TO SIT IN THE BLUE SEATS, YOU CAN WATCH JEAN RATELLE, WHO PLAYED WHEN TICKETS WERE 25 CENTS, FINALLY GET HONORED BEFORE HE KICKS THE BUCKET! IF YOU HAVE A CHASE CARD, GET $25 OFF YOUR NEXT $9783647863789463434789637894689363894 PURCHASE AT THE M$G TEAM STORE! LET’S GO RANGERS!

THIS UPDATE HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHASE, COKE, DELTA, PAPA JOHN’S, SAP, BUD LIGHT, AND MY SHINEY HINEY.”

Listen, we all know that I look at Henrik Lundqvist through the eyes of a GM. I just don’t think he’s the answer and his best days are long gone. However, you know the Rangers will do his #30 retirement the right way and in a timely fashion. His family won’t be ignored like the Ranger greats who actually won Cups. I’m all for Lundqvist getting his night. He definitely deserves it, despite my current feelings about him on the roster today. That said, it’s time for other Ranger legends to have their day before retiring #30.

Alas, I digress.

I gotta iron this jersey!

My frustrations with the way the Rangers do things aside, the Boucher family has been nice enough to share pictures with me from Frank’s career. If you read Boucher’s “When The Rangers Were Young” book, you will find out that he lost some items in a fire, including the famous Lady Byng trophy, which he was outright given.

While these upcoming pictures aren’t the only heirlooms from the Boucher family, these are some of them. Once I’m sent more pictures, I’ll share them here as well. There are five living Boucher granddaughters, who each have a collection. This is Frankie’s (not to be confused with Frank) collection.

Eventually, when the time is right, I hope to have a statement from the Boucher family, about wanting the Rangers to finally do the right thing. I’m sure it will be classier than my pleas, but I swear I mean well. I just can’t stand the way the Rangers ignore their history and treat their fans.

Speaking of ignoring history, I gotta get one last thing off my chest, before sharing these pictures with you.

The Rangers, because they ignore their history, got rid of the Frank Boucher trophy, which was an award given to the Ranger that was considered the most popular player on and off the ice, as chosen by the Rangers Fan Club. While the award did coincide with the “Steven McDonald Award”, I feel that the Steve McDonald award, today, which is given to a player that goes above and beyond for the team, has kinda turned into a popularity contest.

I’m a huge Zucc fan, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it. I just thought Raanta should’ve got it last year, and you could’ve made a case for Tanner Glass the year before that. Instead of an underdog award, it’s turned into a high school class president trophy.

I hope I’m not coming off like I’m besmirching the Steve McDonald award. I respect it and I respect Steve McDonald & his memory. I hope this isn’t coming off wrong. You guys know when I’m pissed and burying something or someone. That isn’t the case here. I just feel that now that fans can vote for the winner, it’s just a popularity thing, like an All-Star Game. Zuccarello is 100% deserving of the award. I would not argue against that. He does give it his all. But if Cam Talbot won it in 2015, shouldn’t have Raanta won it in 2017?

Who has $400 for me so I can buy this?

Anyway, as I come back from another tangent, while on a tangent, the Frank Boucher award ceased to exist after 2010. You know what, unless something happens from now, until the time I revisit this topic, I will very shortly bring back the FRANK BOUCHER FAN TROPHY AWARD, here on BlueCollarBlueShirts.com. Try to stop me, jerky!

I will even back-date the award and pick out winners from 2011-2017! Unlike the Steve McDonald Award, the Boucher trophy was given the most popular player. Maybe I’ll wait a bit before bringing it back, because I don’t feel like writing “Henrik Lundqvist” a bunch of times!

And for those interested, here’s the history of the Frank Boucher Trophy, courtesy of Wikipedia.com:

Frank Boucher Trophy

The Frank Boucher Trophy was an annual award given to the Ranger “who is considered the most popular player on and off the ice” as chosen by the Rangers Fan Club. It was named for Rangers great Frank Boucher. It has not been awarded since the New York Rangers Fan Club suspended operations in 2010.

 

Frank Boucher’s HOF plaque

With all that said, here are the top items from Frankie Boucher’s collection. To give you some background, Frankie Boucher is the granddaughter of Frank Boucher. She is the daughter of Earl Boucher, who was the son of Frank Boucher. She is one of five granddaughters of Frank Boucher. Enjoy:

The first ever NYR publicity shot of Boucher from 1928

The Stanley Cup winning 1933 Rangers. Boucher’s second cup as a NYR centerman.

The 1937-1938 Rangers. They finished second place that year & lost to their rivals, the Amerks, in the first round of the playoffs.

The early days

Dark days for the Rangers. The 1943-1944 Rangers were the War Time Rangers. Frank Boucher, the coach at the time, came out of retirement to play. He added four more career goals to his tally.

Here’s a brawl. Frank Boucher was not physically involved. After all, he was a Lady Byng winner!

Clarence Campbell always had high praise for Frank Boucher.

NHL alumni & family with Frank Boucher on “Frank Boucher Night”.

I wasn’t given captions here, but I assume that is Frank with his wife, and the Cook brothers.

Ready for some family tree action? Here is Frankie Boucher, who allowed the great great nephew of Frank Boucher, Mike Casagrande, to share these pictures with me. Here she is with Mike’s son, holding a picture of her father Earl, as a baby, with her grandparents, Frank & his wife. Holy ice cream headache Batman!

The Original Rangers with Lester Patrick at Lester Patrick Night.

Frank Boucher night luminaries.

Frank Boucher looks so happy here. It looks like this picture was taken on the way to his special night.

Not sure what paper this is from, but this is a write-up of Frank Boucher night.

A NY News news clipping from 1/6/32

More from Frank Boucher night, as Frank is flanked by his peers.

Boucher in 1934 against the Senators. The Senators would be out of the NHL for decades, as they wouldn’t return until 1992.

This is one of the more common Frank Boucher pictures from his era.

If you know your NHL history, you know why Boucher and Smythe clashed. The Selke stuff isn’t as well known. I’m not sure when this was published.

Frank Boucher loved his tractors

This is the picture that Frankie was holding.

This picture isn’t from the Boucher family. I don’t know if Boucher really enjoyed Shaefer beer, but this ad cracks me up.

I would like to thank Mike Casagrande and Frankie Boucher for these pictures. All photo credit goes to them.

Will Frank Boucher ever get one last day in MSG, as he so richly deserves? I hope so. While I can see the Rangers not wanting to steal thunder from Ratelle this season, the Rangers should do the right thing the season after. After all, 2018 would be the 90th anniversary of the Rangers winning their first Stanley Cup. In the series clinching game for the Rangers, which they won 2-1, Frank Boucher scored both goals. Do the right thing NYR!

If you’re a Rangers fan, and want to see the Rangers do the right thing, pester them on social media relentlessly. Make your voice be heard. It’s about time this franchise gets their head out of their tier pricing and gives the fans what they want.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I’ll be back later this week with one last DELOREAN blog & my 2017-2018 season predictions. Long Live Frank Boucher!

Sean McCaffrey

BULLSMC@aol.com

@NYCTHEMIC on the twitter machine

Comments

  1. As a grand nephew I am thrilled by these efforts. Thank you Mike, Tom and the others wanting to see this dream actually. Happen.
    Buddy Boucher
    Ottawa

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