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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

Glen Sather P r e s i d e n t , New York Rangers During his 39 years as a front office executive, Rangers President Glen Sather has illustrated why he is one of the great architects in the history of hockey management. In a Hall of Fame career that has included five Stanley Cup Championships, Sather served as a general manager for more regular season games (2,700) and earned more regular season wins (1,319) than any general manager in NHL history. Over his tenure with the Rangers, Sather has laid the foundation for long-term success by developing a core of homegrown players, while adding significant pieces via trades and free agency. The Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have reached the playoffs at least 10 times since the 2005-06 season. The Blueshirts are also one of two teams that have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs prior to the start of a regular season game over the last 11 seasons. New York has played in more playoff games than any NHL team since 2011-12 (81) and is the only NHL team that has won at least one playoff series in four of the last five years. In addition, the Blueshirts have won more playoff games (40) and playoff series (eight) than any other Eastern Conference team over the last five years. In Sather’s final year as the Rangers’ General Manager in 2014-15, the mix of homegrown youth and veteran acquisitions he assembled had the most successful regular season in franchise history. The Blueshirts established single-season franchise records in wins (53) and points (113) while capturing the Presidents’ Trophy for the third time in franchise history. In recognition of his efforts, Sather was selected as a finalist for the General Manager of the Year Award. Sather became New York’s 12th President and 10th General Manager on June 1, 2000. In 14 seasons as the Rangers general manager (2000-01 – 2014-15), Sather earned more wins (556) than any general manager in franchise history. He also served as head coach of the Rangers from January 30, 2003 to February 25, 2004. Sather led the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cup Championships between 1984 – 1990, overseeing the development of a revolutionary team concept as well as some of the finest individual talents ever to play the game. Sather’s achievements were recognized and honored on September 9, 1997, when he became the first member of the Oilers organization to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. During his tenure with the Oilers, the club posted a 791-652- 215-8 record in 1,666 regular season games (.542 points percentage), capturing two Presidents’ Trophies, six division titles, and six conference championships. In Stanley Cup playoff action with Edmonton, Sather’s teams compiled a 133-82 record in 215 games (.619 winning percentage), leading to the club’s five Stanley Cup titles. Upon his retirement as a player following the 1976-77 season, Sather immediately joined the coaching ranks, guiding the Oilers to 12 straight WHA and NHL playoff appearances, four Stanley Cup Championships and five Stanley Cup Finals appearances between 1977 and 1989. Sather added the title of General Manager in June of 1980. Before embarking on his executive career, Sather put together one of the most impressive coaching records in NHL history. He has served as a Head Coach in 932 NHL regular season games, compiling a record of 497-307-121-7 (.602 points percentage). In 126 Stanley Cup playoff games, Sather posted a record of 89-37. He is tied for seventh on the all-time list for playoff wins and ranks first all-time with a .706 winning percentage in the playoffs. Sather received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 1985-86. Sather’s knowledge of the game, tactical negotiating strategies, strong developmental skills, and keen ability to get the best out of his players are keys to his managerial success. During his administration in Edmonton, Sather developed a dynasty by nurturing talented draft picks Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Esa Tikkanen and Glenn Anderson, along with the acquisition of a rising star named Wayne Gretzky. Sather’s management experience and success also carries over to the international arena. He served as Team Canada’s General Manager and Coach for the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He also guided Team Canada’s 1994 Canada Cup Championship and was the General Manager of the gold medal-winning team in the 1994 World Hockey Championship. A native of High River, Alberta, Sather enjoyed a successful junior career with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Following the completion of his amateur days, he became property of the Detroit Red Wings but would never wear a Winged Wheel jersey. After a season with the Central League’s Memphis Wings, Sather was drafted away from the Red Wings by the Boston Bruins in 1965, and would make his NHL debut with the Bruins in the 1966-67 season. Sather would go on to play 10 seasons in the NHL with Boston, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, St. Louis, Montreal, and the Minnesota North Stars. In 658 regular season games, he tallied 80 goals and 113 assists for 193 points, along with 724 penalty minutes. As a member of the Rangers, Sather appeared in 186 regular season games over parts of four seasons (1970-71 – 1973-74), recording 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, along with 193 penalty minutes. In addition, he was a member of the 1971-72 Rangers club which advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Sather and his wife, Ann, have two sons, Justin and Shanon, and three grandchildren, Tanner, Morgan, and Vienna.


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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