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New York Rangers legend Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert has passed away at the age of 80, the team announced on Sunday.
New York Rangers fans received heartbreaking news on Sunday. Hockey Hall of Famer and the man famously nicknamed “Mr. Ranger,” Rod Gilbert has died aged 80.
The Rangers made the news official via their social media.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert – one of the greatest Rangers to ever play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had,” Rangers owner James Dolan said in a statement, via the statement. team. website. While his performance on the ice rightly made him a Hall of Famer, it was his love for the Rangers and the people of New York that endeared him to generations of fans and earned him the title ‘Mr. Ranger.’ Our thoughts are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family at this difficult time, they will always be part of the Rangers family.”
Rangers legend Rod Gilbert dies aged 80
Gilbert made his Rangers debut in 1960 and spent his entire career with the organization. Of course, Blueshirts fans will remember him teaming up with fellow greats Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield on the GAG (Goal-a-Game) line. Gilbert’s 97 points (43 goals, 54 assists) in the 1971-72 season helped New York to the playoffs, where they reached the Stanley Cup Finals. At the time, it was the team’s first appearance in the final since 1950.
During his 18 seasons with the Rangers, Gilbert scored 406 goals and accumulated 1,021 points, both of which still stand as franchise records. Additionally, Gilbert was an eight-time All-Star and won the Bill Masterton Trophy in the 1975-76 season.
Right after Gilbert retired from the NHL, the Rangers officially put his number 7 jersey in the rafters of Madison Square Garden in 1979. He was the first Rangers player to have his number retired by the franchise. Gilbert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.