Thomas P. Ivanyi is the inventor of iTvTrax, an audience-measurement system for television programs, and the president and CEO of Private Equity Direct, LLC. Outside of his professional life, Thomas P. Ivanyi enjoys following New York’s professional sports teams.
While the Yankees and Giants have combined to win seven championships in the last 25 years, one particularly poignant victory for New York sports fans was the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup Finals win against the Vancouver Canucks.
The New York Rangers had not won a championship in 54 years prior to the start of the 1993-1994 season and hadn’t reached the Stanley Cup Finals since 1979. Mark Messier scored a goal and an assist in the Rangers’ 3-2 Game 7 win over the Canucks, but it was his guarantee the round prior that secured his legendary status in New York.
With the Rangers trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Devils, Messier, the team’s captain, guaranteed a Game 6 win. It wasn’t just a good guess either. Messier came through on his promise, scoring three goals in the win.