Rangers icon Rod Gilbert has passed away

New York Rangers legend Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert has died aged 80, the team announced on Sunday.

New York Ranger fans received heartbreaking news on Sunday. Hockey Hall of Famer and the man known by the nickname “Mr. Ranger,” said Rod Gilbert, dead at the age of 80.

Rangers have officially announced this news through their social media channels.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert – one of the greatest Rangers ever to play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors hockey has ever had,” said James Dolan. , Rangers owners said in a statement. through the group’s website. “Although his achievements on the ice have made him a Hall of Famer, it is his love for Rangers and the people of New York that has made him beloved by generations of fans and forever earning him the title, ‘Mr. Forest rangers.’ Our thoughts are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family during this difficult time. They will always be part of the great Rangers family.”

Rangers legend Rod Gilbert dies aged 80

Gilbert made his debut with Rangers in 1960 and he has dedicated his entire career to the organization. Of course, Blueshirts fans remember him teaming up with fellow greats like Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield on the GAG ​​(Goal-a-Game) row. Gilbert’s 97 points (43 goals, 54 assists) in the 1971–72 season gave New York a lead to the knockout stages, where they reached the Stanley Cup Finals. At the time, it was the team’s first appearance in the Finals since 1950.

Over the course of 18 seasons with Rangers, Gilbert scored 406 goals and scored 1,021 points, both still franchise records. Additionally, Gilbert was an eight-time All-Star and won the Bill Masterton Trophy in the 1975-76 season.

Shortly after Gilbert retired from the NHL, Rangers officially gave his number 7 shirt to the Madison Square Garden team in 1979. He was the first Rangers player to wear his number in the franchise. Gilbert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.

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