It’s Wednesday, which means a brand new episode of “Up In The Blue Seats” with No. 10, Ron Duguay. We have a terrific show with a couple of Rangers greats this week.
Doogs opens the show talking about how sports may be on the horizon within the next couple of months. With professional baseball being played in Korea, the UFC and golf planning to return soon, the hope is hockey could return this summer.
Rangers legend, all-time franchise points leader and Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert then joins the show. Gilbert talks about the auction he is doing for the All In Challenge with Brian Leetch. The winner will sit in a suite at a Rangers game with them and get autographed gear, with all the money going to charity.
The rest of the interview with Gilbert on his Rangers career can be heard on next week’s episode of the podcast.
Rangers great Barry Beck then joins Ron and NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. Beck talks about what he’s doing in Hong Kong and teaching kids how to play hockey there. Beck discusses the beginning of his NHL career in the 1970s in Colorado and then the big trade that sent him to the Rangers. Did he feel a lot of pressure coming to New York and replacing the three players he was traded for?
He speaks about the disappointment of never winning a Stanley Cup, the shoulder injury that impacted his career and reflects on his time in New York.
Beck also has been an advocate for former Ranger and Olympic hero Mark Pavelich. Beck talks about his conversations with Pavelich, the former Ranger and 1980 US Olympic hero who has been dealing with a mental illness. Beck shared what it was like talking to Pavelich’s family and the help he is trying to get Pavelich and other former NHL players who deal with mental illness. Beck also updates everyone on Pavelich’s status and future.