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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

adam graves hockey and b u s i n e s s o p e r a t i o n s One of the most popular players in franchise history, Adam Graves returned to the Rangers organization on July 19, 2005 in a dual role that uses his myriad of abilities in both the on-ice and off-ice areas of the organization. In this capacity, Graves works with the club’s hockey personnel to advance the development of key Rangers prospects, while also assisting in the development and execution of the organization’s many community outreach programs as well as marketing and sponsorship initiatives. Graves plays an integral role in strengthening the bond between the team and its fans while developing future Blueshirt loyalists. He is involved in a variety of youth hockey and season subscription events, and is instrumental in supporting the efforts of the Garden of Dreams Foundation through appearances, media interviews, and participation in the fulfillment of fundraising auction experiences. With a keen eye for talent, Graves has become an essential member of the hockey operations department. His ability to lend support and direction, both on and off the ice, has benefited many key prospects within the Rangers system. He is also involved in free agency signings and the NHL Draft with the Rangers, as well as the development of players with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Extremely active in the community throughout his career and after, Graves was recognized by the NHL with its King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1994, presented annually to the NHL player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” In 2000, he was honored with the NHL Player Foundation award, recognizing the NHL player who “applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community.” Graves also received the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2001, an award given annually by the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) to the “NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” During his 10-year playing career with the Rangers, Graves worked tirelessly in the greater metropolitan area with various charitable organizations, including Family Dynamics, Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Dime Hometown Heroes, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. As a result of his extensive civic efforts, Graves was also recognized with honors from countless organizations and publications, including USA Weekend’s “Most Caring Athlete” Award, Sports Illustrated for Kids’ “Good Sport” Award, and ‘The Sporting News’ “Good Guy” Award. As a Ranger, Graves collected 280 goals and 227 assists for 507 points in 772 games. He ranks third on the Rangers’ alltime goals list, ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time games played list, and ranks 10th on the club’s all-time points list. He established a Rangers single-season record for most goals scored with 52 during the 1993-94 campaign, breaking Vic Hadfield’s 22-year old club record of 50. His record stood for 12 years until Jaromir Jagr scored 54 goals in 2005-06. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, capturing titles with the Edmonton Oilers in 1989-90 and the Rangers in 1993-94, Graves represented the Blueshirts at the 1994 NHL All-Star Game and was selected as an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1994. In addition, Graves received numerous Rangers team awards during his career, including: Most Valuable Player (92-93, 93-94); Player’s Player (91-92, 92-93, 94-95, 98-99); Ceil Saidel Memorial Award (94-95, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-00, 00-01); Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (91- 92, 92-93, 93-94, 98-99, 99-00); John Halligan Good Guy Award (92-93); Frank Boucher Trophy (93-94); and Crumb Bum Award (1993). A native of Toronto, Ontario, Graves signed with New York as a free agent on September 3, 1991. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 22nd overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Over his 16-year NHL career, the left winger played in 1,152 career games with the Red Wings, Oilers, Rangers, and San Jose Sharks, registering 329 goals and 287 assists for 616 points. Graves joined a select group of New York hockey immortals when his #9 was raised to the Garden rafters on February 3, 2009. He and his wife, Violet, have three children: daughters, Madison and Montana, and son, Logan.


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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