Podcast Episode #58: Steve baker
Goaltender Steve Baker had many great moments for the early 80s New York Rangers.
Episode 58 of the Pro Hockey Alumni features goaltender Steve Baker, who played with the New York Rangers between 1979 and 1983.
Baker was a standout at Union College coached by legendary Ned Harkness. He was drafted by the Rangers with the 44th pick overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft.
He began his NHL career losing only one of his first ten games in 1979–80. He later gained great acclaim in the 1981 playoffs, when the upstart Rangers upset the LA Kings and the St. Louis Blues to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals with Steve as their starting goalie.
Steve was selected to represent the USA in the 1981 Canada Cup, where he served as Tony Esposito's backup. Steve offers some great insights on playing with Tony O.
Steve played for five Hall of Fame coaches during his career -- Harkness, Fred Shero, Herb Brooks, Craig Patrick and Bob Johnson — and he talks about the impact each had on his career an his life. He also has fun memories of Gordie and Colleen Howe from the New England Whalers 1978 Training Camp.
Injuries curtailed Steve’s NHL career but he quickly embarked on a successful career as a media executive.
Today, Steve is the Chief Hockey officer of 3Ice Hockey.
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