Flashback Friday


So what exactly is Rangers alum Pete Stemkowski doing in this photo, taken in the early 1970's?

"I used to believe that getting the blood flowing in the other direction gave me more energy," explained Stemkowski recently when asked about the photo. "So in the locker room I used to sit on the floor with my legs up on a stool just to change the blood flow, and things like that."

"One day (former Rangers defenseman) Gilles Marotte challenged me to stand on my head at center ice at our practice facility back in the day at New Hyde Park on Hillside Avenue," continued Stemmer, the popular former centerman, who still works part-time as a color analyst on Blueshirt radio broadcasts. "So I did it. And not just for two seconds, I was at it for 10 or 15 seconds. Then I started doing it more regularly and the guys began to just ignore me."

Not wanting to be ignored, Stemkowski took his headstand routine a step further one day, this time performing his act at The Garden.

"It wasn't prior to a game, it was at a practice or morning skate," said Stemkowski. "I went right out to center ice at Madison Square Garden and stood on my head in my full Rangers uniform! There have been a lot of things done at MSG over the years, but no one had ever done that at The Garden!"

"I wish there was more to the story, but that's it!"

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