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This Day in Hockey History – August 23

Today in hockey history, the birth of two players that had much in common, including being commentators for a certain network and one giving the other a nickname, and the Hall of Fame announces a new class.

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August 23, 1962 – Former goalie and current TSN analyst Glenn Healy was born in Pickering, Ontario. While a very notable name today because of his commentary and TV personality, he was a backup goalie or dual #1 for most of his career, playing in 40 or more games in only four out of 14 seasons. He won a Cup with the Rangers in 1994 as a backup, playing just 68 playoff minutes (allowing only one goal, though).

August 23, 1964 – Another former player and current TSN analyst was born on this day: Ray Ferraro was born in Trail, British Columbia. Interestingly, the guy I just talked about that shares his birthday (Healy) gave Ferraro his nickname when they were both on the Rangers: “The Big Ball of Hate,” not to be confused with the “The Little Ball of Hate” in Pat Verbeek, a nickname also dubbed by Healy while on the Rangers. While he scored 898 points in 1,258 games, he never won a Cup and was a career -104.

August 23, 1973 – The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its newest members: Doug Harvey, Chuck Rayner, Tommy Smith, referee Frank Udvari, and builder Harland M. Molson (no, not the guy they named the beer after).

 

Source: Hockey Hall of Fame

Scott Finger
Scott is the former managing editor at Hooked on Hockey Magazine. He loves hockey, writing, and writing about hockey. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2011 with a useless degree in Media Communications (concentrating in Journalism). Being a New York Rangers fan (and NY Giants and Mets fan) living in Boston is very uncomfortable for him, and it'll be awkward trying to celebrate a Rangers Cup win in the streets when they inevitably win sometime in the next 100 years. He also likes long walks on the beach.
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