Rangers great Ron Duguay dancing with Cher at Studio 54 in 1982. Picture: Vernon Shibla
Rangers great Ron Duguay dancing with Cher at Studio 54 in 1982. Picture: Vernon Shibla

Ice hockey legend: how I ended up in bed with Cher

NEW York Rangers great Ron Duguay has shared the story of how he ended up in Gene Simmons' bed with Cher after a night out at Studio 54.

The Rangers had just defeated the Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 1982 when Duguay went to celebrate at Studio 54.

Duguay, who was 24 at the time, says he was minding his own business when a woman pointed at him and called him over. It was Liza Minnelli, who said she'd always wanted to meet Duguay and liked the Rangers.

After Duguay chatted with Minnelli's husband, Minnelli invited Duguay to her house for a party later in the evening and asked if he'd like to meet someone.

When he said yes, Minnelli called over none other than Cher, 35 at the time, who had been on the dance floor.

"This is gonna be an exclusive thing because I've never been a kiss-and-tell type of guy," Duguay said on the debut episode of Up In The Blue Seats, The New York Post's Rangers podcast.

"If you know Cher, if she wants something, she goes after it. Grabs me by the arm and says, 'You dance?'

I said, 'Yeah.' So we go and start dancing, we're dancing to all this fun stuff back then - the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel. To this day, if you Google 'Ron Duguay and Cher,' it breaks down to a slow song.

"Her head's on my (shoulder). She's looking very comfortable. And you look at my face, and the expression on my face is like, 'Oh my God, I'm dancing with Cher.' I look like I don't feel comfortable because I'm not comfortable, because I grew up as a Canadian watching Sonny & Cher."

Cher. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
Cher. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)

The moment Duguay references was captured perfectly by The Post's Vernon Shibla, Cher resting her head on Duguay's right shoulder with her eyes closed.

The two then went back to Minnelli's table, where she said she and her husband were going back to their house. "C'mon, we're going," Cher told Duguay.

They were sitting in the lobby of Minnelli's apartment building, waiting roughly 30 minutes for her arrival before Cher began to get angry. She had enough, so she and Duguay got in a taxi.

"Where are we going?" Duguay asked.

"Just come with me, son," Cher answered.

The cab went five or six blocks to what Duguay described as a "beautiful" townhouse. Before Cher turned the key to open the door to the house, she turned around to tell Duguay, "By the way, I don't beep, beep, beep on the first date."

"Fill in the blank," Duguay says on the podcast. "And I said, 'I'm happy to just be here'."

Duguay looked around at the gold records on the wall of the house, but he noticed they weren't Cher records, but rather those of KISS. Cher then told Duguay they were at Simmons' house.

"So I'm in Gene Simmons' townhouse, not sure why I'm there. Next thing I know, she told me, 'We're not doing anything tonight'," Duguay recalls.

"Next thing you know, we're sitting on his bed. And that's where the story stops."