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Book review: 'We Are the Rangers'

Stan Fischler's latest book is a perfect gift for the holidays, or simply a good buy to learn about the heritage of one of hockey's most iconic franchises.

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Long-time hockey writer and analyst Stan Fischler's book "We Are the Rangers" is one of the better hockey reads of the year.

Detailing the history of the New York Rangers with intimate stories mostly recalled from conversations of the past, Fischler paints an accurate, humorous and intelligent picture of the team's past and present. There are numerous factoids that would likely surprise even the most ardent Rangers fan.

One example would be the chapter on Myles Lane. Yes, that's right, the same Myles Lane who went on to be the New York State Supreme Court justice. Lane actually played one year on the Rangers as a defenseman before retiring and moving on to his career in law.

Throughout the 223-page book, "We Are the Rangers" captures the spirit of hockey. It discusses the brotherhood that is fostered in the dressing room and the bonds forged on the ice throughout tough times and glorious ones.

The work includes oral accounts from legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert, among others, talking about their time wearing blue sweaters.

"We Are the Rangers" is an easy read that caters to both new and older fans. Fischler has a wealth of knowledge about hockey, and it is on display in this piece.

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