I’m not sure if anyone else ever noticed this, but a while ago, I realized that Derick Brassard seemed to be the first player from the bench to reach the celebration whenever the Rangers scored an overtime goal or won a series in the playoffs. It didn’t happen every time, but it definitely occurred often enough that I would always watch the celebration extra carefully after such a game. Below are some examples I could find online:
It’s a little difficult to see Brassard in a couple of these videos, so you may need to watch them a few times to really see him.
This one is particularly tough to see, but you can just make out Brassard at the top of the screen.
Finally, here’s Brassard racing off the bench after the Rangers beat Montreal in Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.
Even though I think the trade the Rangers made on Monday was a smart move, I will miss Brassard. Consider this a short tribute to a really good Ranger who was a lot of fun to watch.