When it comes to the 1994 New York Rangers team that won a Stanley Cup and broke a 54-year championship drought, the holy trinity will always be Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter. But standing just outside that blessed trio is a man who inspires nothing but love and incredible devotion in the hearts of Rangers fans.
The man I'm talking about is Adam Graves, a gritty, hard-working and community-minded winger who managed to score a career-high 52 goals for that championship team. If you wanted to point to just one player who embodied all the good things hockey fans associate with the Canadian kids who still make up the majority of the players in the NHL, it would be hard to come up with a better example than Graves, who has managed to win just about every community service award the NHL has to offer.
On February 3 at Madison Square Garden, the team will raise his #9 to the rafters forever, and the team is planning something special in conjunction with the ceremony -- they're asking Rangers fans to help create an online mosaic of the greatest moments in his Rangers career that when cobbled together create a larger image of his jersey. To contribute to the mosaic, click here. To take a closer look at the mosaic right now, click here.