December 15, 2010
NY Rangers Loved Christmas Day Games
That 1949 game was particularly memorable. The Rangers knocked off the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 3-1. But it was the Rangers' forward Phil Watson who made the night unforgettable for those lucky enough to be in attendance.
Watson took to the pre-game warm up dressed up in a Santa Claus outfit. He went through his full workout routine disguised as jolly old St. Nick - taking shots, passing puck and even playfully checking his teammates!
Everyone loved the stunt. And how could the Rangers possibly lose the game? They had Santa on their side!
Update: Hockey Super Sleuth Jennifer Conway found this newspaper clipping of Watson's Christmas escapade (click on the photo for a larger image):
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