Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks

About the Columnist

Larry Brooks was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the 2018 recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award bestowed upon writers, "who have brought honor to journalism and to hockey." Brooks' plaque is displayed in the Grand Hall of the HHOF. Five times named one of Hockey's 100 People of Power and Influence by The Hockey News, Brooks holds the title of Senior Hockey Columnist and Rangers Writer for The New York Post while also serving as a baseball and tennis columnist during the summer. He is the author of the "Slap Shots" weekly NHL column. Brooks has served two terms with the paper, first from 1976 through 1982 before rejoining The Post in 1994 after a decade as an executive with the New Jersey Devils hockey team. A native of the Upper West Side who attended the Bronx High School of Science and CCNY, Brooks has broken numerous exclusives throughout his career. Those include the Rangers' signing of Wayne Gretzky as a free agent; Mark Messier's free agent signing with Vancouver; Gretzky's decision to retire following the 1998-99 season; the Rangers' decision to rebuild at the 2018 trade deadline; Henrik Lundqvist's retirement; and the firings of team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton plus the hiring of head coach Gerard Gallant. Brooks, who has broken multiple labor negotiation-related exclusives throughout his career, gave Lundqvist his nickname, "The King," after the third game of the goaltender's career.

The Archive

Chris Kreider adds another signature playoff moment to storied Rangers career

The narrative was threatening to overwhelm the Rangers. But the narrative was never really about this team and its Game 4 and Game 5 defeats. 

Rangers can change their closeout narrative

The series is not only played on the ice, it is also played between every player’s ears.

Igor Shesterkin is raising his game when the Rangers need it most

We talk all the time about the need for the marquee guys to elevate their respective games in the playoffs. Shesterkin has done that.

Rangers can't take do-or-die approach to Game 6

Thursday would be nice, but Thursday is not a must-win.

Rangers hardly resembled themselves in listless Game 5 letdown

The Rangers lacked snap. They lacked energy. They seemed paralyzed by the opportunity to advance. They were at least a step slower than their opponents.

Rangers will need Alexis Lafreniere's Game 4 self for remainder of postseason

It was indeed the most compelling performance of Alexis Lafreniere’s career and there’s not even a close second. This was superstar stuff from No. 13 on Saturday night in Raleigh,...

Rangers suffer first bump in playoff road, but remain in control

It will take one more game, at least one more game, for the Rangers to sew up their second-round series and advance to the conference finals.

Rangers' successful formula continues with conference final within reach

The Blueshirts took a 7-0 playoff record onto the ice on Saturday.

Rangers playoff star Vincent Trocheck haunting Hurricanes after free-agency flub

Tom Dundon, Carolina’s notoriously penurious owner, didn’t want to pay Vincent Trocheck when the center came up on free agency two years ago but the CEO and his team are...

Rangers coach deserves praise for lineup gamble with young star

Laviolette switched the lineup after six straight victories.

Rangers can't keep counting on penalty kill to bail them out

Ten times the Rangers trudged to the penalty box in the first two games of this second-round series and 10 times the team escaped harm.

Rangers aren't afraid to get down and dirty -- even with Matt Rempe on bench

In going toe-to-toe with the Hurricanes in the opening set at the Garden, these Blueshirts have demonstrated that they have the right stuff for the playoffs.

Rangers' Broadway Five are best show in town

It was not going to get too much later when the Broadway Five came on.

Rangers' ferocious playoff practice shows how much their mindset has changed

We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice after an 82-game season, a four-game opening round, and a Game 1 second round victory.

We were going to do a playoff mailbag, but everyone wanted to ask about one thing

It is playoff mailbag time, and there seems to be a fair amount of interest in a singular subject matter. A small sampling, as follows: When and where do you...

Rangers' Mika Zibanejad making NHL playoffs his personal playground

Zibanejad scored twice against Frederik Andersen, once at five-on-five and once on the power play.

Rangers bring many weapons into heavyweight clash with Hurricanes

These are the 114-point Rangers and 111-point Hurricanes in Game 1 of Round 2 at the Garden on late Sunday afternoon in yet another test for the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Islanders, Lou Lamoriello must sacrifice key pieces to adapt to modern NHL

They are not built for speed, they are not built for skill, they are not quite built for the NHL of the 2020s.

Rangers defenseman elevating game with increased physicality

It’s time to elevate. It’s time for Miller.

Rangers fast-tracked to current glory thanks to trio of GMs

There has been so much disillusionment and disappointment over generations that it has become easy to overlook how relatively efficiently the organization pulled a rebuild without falling into an abyss.