Friday, August 10, 2018
The NHL Career of Eddie Giacomin
A native of East Rockaway, New York, Marc Rovner is a senior staff attorney with BETA Abstract LLC and recently earned the Martindale-Hubbell Silver Client Champion Silver Award. A passionate fan of the New York Rangers, Marc Rovner was recently featured in an article on the Official Madison Square Garden Blog, where he discussed his family's shared fandom of the Rangers.
In 1970, Rovner’s father took him to his first-ever Rangers game, where Eddie Giacomin was the goaltender. A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Giacomin sustained second- and third-degree burns over much of his lower body as a teenager. While doctors told him to forget about a career in hockey, that only made him more determined. After playing in an industrial men's league for some time, he tried out for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings in 1958, but soon after moved to Washington to play in the Eastern Hockey League. In 1965, while playing with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League, he was acquired by the Rangers.
Giacomin got off to a difficult start in his NHL career, as he registered 3.66 goals against average in 36 games with the Rangers and was even sent back to the AHL for a two-week stint. However, he was much better the following season and continued to improve up to 1971, when he won the Vezina Trophy as the National Hockey League's top goaltender. Giacomin played with the Rangers until 1976, and spent the final three years of his career with the Red Wings.
For the full story of Rovner's relationship with the Rangers, visit https://blog.msg.com/2018/04/06/https-blog-msg-com-2018-04-06-one-generation-to-the-next-a-tradition-lives-on/#single-article.