Rick Carpiniello


Rick Carpiniello, an award-winning sports reporter and columnist, covered the Rangers for The Journal News since 1978-79.

During his first training camp with the team, Fred Shero was the coach, Dave Maloney the captain, John Davidson the goalie and rookie Don Maloney was the first professional athlete he ever interviewed. Since then, he has been to nearly 20 Stanley Cup finals, three of those with the Rangers, including of course, the team’s championship in 1994.

He has written regularly for The Hockey News, USA Today, many hockey publications, and been a contributor to Sports Illustrated. Carpiniello, in the 1990s, was also a regular on Rangers’ post-game shows on MSG Network, and still does frequent guest appearances on Rangers broadcasts on ESPN radio.

In addition to hockey, Carpiniello spent several years as a general sports columnist, and has covered multiple World Series, including the 1986 Mets, five Super Bowls, including the Giants’ win over the undefeated New England Patriots, and dozens of professional golf events, including 10 U.S. Opens.

Rangers Have Chance to Reset at All-Star Break

The Rangers get a chance to catch their collective breath after a much-needed, and certainly imperfect win in San Jose salvaged an otherwise winless four-game road trip. That is, the Rangers other than Henrik Lundqvist, who has been overworked and will now face the additional stress of a three-on-three all-star tournament this weekend — and […]

Rangers Need To Salvage Road Trip

I was talking with Rick Nash last week about the Rangers’ four-game Western road trip. We discussed how, very often, this type of trek can be just what a team needs – to be together for a long stretch with nothing on the agenda but team-bonding and hockey. No distractions, no outside errands or tasks. […]

Rangers Season at a Crossroads

We saw Henrik Lundqvist, during the “Road to the Winter Classic” and just before the Christmas break, telling his Rangers teammates that they should know they haven’t been good enough and asking if they all agree. We saw Lundqvist Saturday, going down the bench and barking at his teammates after backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec was pulled […]

Handicapping Rangers Playoff Chances

With less than half a season remaining, the NHL’s Metropolitan Division will be a slugfest among eight teams for what will almost certainly be five playoff berths. The automatic bids will go to the division’s top-3 teams and the two Eastern Conference Wild Card berths will likely come out of the Metropolitan Division. This is […]