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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

rod gilbert d i r e c t o r , s p e c i a l projects and community r e l a t i o n s representative One of the all-time greats in franchise history, Rod Gilbert is now in his 28th season with the Rangers in an off-ice role, currently serving as Director, Special Projects and Community Relations Representative. Gilbert rejoined the club on August 1, 1989 to administer the growth and development of the NY Rangers Alumni Association, as well as assist in many areas of community and sponsor relations. He also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Madison Square Garden, and lends his support to the Garden of Dreams Foundation through appearances, media interviews and visiting with children from Garden of Dreams’ charity partners during special games at the Garden. An integral part of the New York Sports scene for years, Gilbert has made countless appearances on behalf of the team in order to help raise funds and generate awareness for various charitable groups throughout the Tri-State Area. Born on July 1, 1941, Gilbert won the hearts of New York fans while becoming a NHL legend over parts of 18 seasons, all as a Ranger, from 1960-61 to 1977- 78. During his career, Gilbert set or equaled 20 team scoring records, and at the time of his retirement in 1977, was second only to Gordie Howe in total points scored by a right winger in NHL history. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. The Montreal, Quebec native finished his NHL career with 406 goals and 615 assists for 1,021 points in 1,065 NHL games, along with 34 goals and 33 assists in 79 playoff matches. He ranks first on the Rangers’ all-time goals and points lists, and is the only Blueshirt to tally at least 400 career goals or at least 1,000 career points. Playing with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield on the ‘GAG Line’ (goal-a-game), Gilbert established career-highs with 43 goals and 97 points and earned First Team All- Star honors in 1971-72. Over the course of his career, he appeared in eight NHL All-Star Games, and was voted a Second Team All-Star in 1967-68. In 1976, Gilbert was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” The award was a fitting tribute to the courage and spirit of Gilbert, recognizing the hard work and determination that helped him overcome major back surgery early in his career, which included two follow-up spinal fusion operations, to establish himself as one of hockey’s alltime greats. In September 2007, the National Hockey League Alumni Association honored Gilbert with the 2007 Man of the Year Award. Gilbert is immortalized in New York hockey history, as his #7 was raised to the Garden rafters on October 14, 1979. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Manhattan and serve on the board of the Ronald McDonald House.


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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