March 12, 2009

The Embalmer Dies
Alf Pike 1917 - 2009

Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 91.

Alf Pike has one of the game's all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game's great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

Now Mr. Pike last played with the Rangers in 1947, so it is forgivable if you never heard of him. In addition to his own biography here at GHL, here are some must read links regarding the life of Alf Pike.

New York Times Obituary
New York Rangers Press Release
Andy Bathgate Remembers Alf Pike
Gentle Iceman At Work - SI Vault, 1960
Alf Pikes Day With The Stanley Cup
Head Coach Pike Had Unique Style

2 comments:

Cornelius Hardenbergh said...

They honored him at MSG on Sunday at the Bruins/Rangers game.

Cornelius Hardenbergh said...

How old was he again?

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