Meet Brian Attard, the man who built arguably the finest New York Rangers man-cave in the history of creation. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.
Like many of the citizens of Rangerstown, he’s a diehard – cut form a different cloth. Not only does he root for his Blueshirts, he lives and dies with them.
Attard picked up on the passion left by his father, Ray, who was a huge hockey fan who came to the States in the 1970s. Only one thing was on Brian’s mind when he and his wife, Mary Susan, were shopping for a new home: a nice basement size.
We closed on our new house the morning of Game 7 versus Tampa, Brian recalled. I joked with my wife, Mary Susan, that the new house was the second most important event that day for me. She did not find that to be funny.
The Ranger room/basement/mancave was a vision I had when we found this house. The basement was a great size and I knew it would be perfect.
Not only did Brian follow through on this vision, but with the help of his friend Ryan O’Connor, who’s a talented painter, they together created a Rangers masterpiece.
My wife is a graphic designer and she’s the most creatively talented person I’ve ever met, said Brian. When I went over some ideas with her, she was beyond helpful with her talents and so supportive. In the man-cave is a shot of us at the Stadium Series game against the Devils, a shot of me with Stephane Matteau at MSG, and of her meeting Henrik at Caesars AC after Operation Hat Trick, the charity game that was played during the lockout.
I’ve been accumulating Rangers framed memorabilia since my childhood, and with the help of my wife, we were able to get some great shots printed and framed. Her dad, Paul Hoffman, is very handy, so he was a huge help with getting the frames up and level and centered and all that fun stuff.
The blue poker table was the final touch I really wanted to add to the room. I’ve always loved playing cards, and I wanted the room to be a great space to entertain and hang out, and it was a great fit.
Well done Brian.