Listen to Episode 9 of "Up In The Blue Seats": How It Was, Gretzky feat. Chris Kotsopoulos

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Kobe Bryant and Ron Duguay pose for a photo at the Miss Teen USA 1997.
courtesy of Ron Duguay

It's Thursday, which means a brand new episode of the podcast "Up In The Blue Seats" with ranger star Ron Duguay. Ron and I open the show in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and all the lives lost in the tragic helicopter accident. Doogie tells his story of when he met Kobe in 1997 when both were judges for the Miss Teen USA pageant. He talks about the humble man who was Kobe and the legacy he leaves.

Duguay compares one of the best NBA players of all time in Kobe to the best player in NHL history, Wayne Gretzky. Ron tells a funny story about meeting Gretzky and discusses how great Gretzky was and how he was the only player to compete against all three Gretzky brothers. He also addresses whether Alexander Ovechkin can break Gretzky's record of 894 goals.

The New York Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then joins his weekly spot. Brooks addresses Lias Andersson's situation and what kind of trade the Rangers could get for him. Brooks also talks about the all-star weekend and why it has lost its shine. Duguay and Brooks share their memories of Gretzky's time at the Rangers and collapse if Ovechkin can keep his record.

Former NHL defender Chris Kotsopoulos, Ron's former Rangers teammate, then joins the show. Kotsie talks about how special it was for the Rangers to play at MSG, how difficult it was to play against "The Great One" and why nobody should compare Ovechkin with Gretzky and his opponent. Thoughts about the current reconstruction of the Rangers.

Subscribe to the podcast "Up In The Blue Seats" at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Ron Duguay is accompanied every Thursday by our team of New York Post Rangers writers and Rangers special guests.

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