The New York Rangers have their team of Black Aces.
Ten players from the Connecticut Whale's roster reported to New York and will practice as the Rangers face the Capitals in the NHL playoffs. If the Rangers have an injury during the playoffs, management can pick a player from the "taxi squad."
The aces: goalies Jason Missiaen and Cam Tabot, defensemen Stu Bickel and Dylan McIlrath, and forwards Ryan Bourque, Micheal Haley, Brandon Mashinter, J.T. Miller, Brandon Segal and Christian Thomas. Kris Newbury was already promoted to New York Saturday and Haley is practicing with the Rangers.
The group will work out separate from the Rangers and watch games from the press box. The idea is to keep a group prepared and sharp, ready to jump into the lineup. The Whale's coach staff will run the ace's practices at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.
And if you need a refresher on the term "Black Aces," we offer this history lesson about the origin. It goes back to Eddie Shore's days as the Springfield Indians' owner.