Originally Posted by Howatt8
Vickers was typical of most Rangers of that era, more willing to live off their early reps and fat wallets.
On the plus side for Vickers, there were a couple of incidents where he showed some balls. For one, he did come out of the penalty box to challenge Schultz when Schultz was finding few takers. Unfortunately, that fight never came off. He also saved Carol Vadnais
from taking a serious beating from Bob Gassoff
by being the third man in and getting tossed. He tried to get Billy Smith
in the 75 playoffs but Dave Lewis
quickly jumped in.
In addition to the Marcotte, O'Reilly, and Hodge fights, Vickers put a pretty good beating on Len Frig
. Not that Frig was any great shakes. What had to be Vickers worst loss was the beating he took from Brad Maxwell
. Not that there's anything wrong with that, Maxwell was a great fighter.
The best was the goddamn Rangers yearbook that year after year would write as part of Vickers bio that the league gave him a wide berth. In other words the league showed great respect and he got loads of room on the ice! I used to shake my head and think look at this bullsh*t and it was there year after year!
I think Vickers claimed that Maxwell surprised him in being a lefty but the reality was that the fire was not in Vickers tank! He went to the Vic Hadfield
school of lets hit them with my wallet and he also went from being a 30-40 goal man to a 19-22 goal man!
It was another in a long line of Rangers fat cat moments!
The best also was how every time the Rangers played the Flyers, Gene (ZERO MOSTEL) Hart would whine and cry about Vickers being the 1973 Rookie of the Year instead of Bill (Greg Louganis) Barber. I would tell ole Gene to fuc* off and give it a rest and go eat another Tasty Kake product!
Gene Hart with his up to the second penalty minute updates and saying that Referee Dave Newell needed a Dictaphone with him to call out the penalties during another bench clearing brawl!