New York Rangers Hall of Famer dies at the age of 80

Published August 22, 2021 at 9:44 PM

Rod Gilbert has passed away at the age of 80.

"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," said James Dolan, Executive Chairman, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. "While his on-ice achievements 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 forever earned him the title, 'Mr. Ranger.' Our thoughts are with Rod's wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family during this difficult time. They will always be a part of the Rangers family."

"Everyone in Rangers organization mourns the loss of a true New York icon, said Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury. "Rod's remarkable talent and zest for life personified this city and endeared him to hockey fans and non-hockey fans alike. Growing up a young Rangers fan, one of the first names I ever heard about was Rod Gilbert- he was synonymous with Rangers hockey. It was an incredible privilege to get to know Rod. His passion and dedication to the Rangers will forever be a source of inspiration for me."

Gilbert spent 18 seasons with the New York Rangers, scoring 20 team records. In terms of points, he was second only to Gordie Howe at the time of his retirement. In 1065 games, he scored 406 goals and 615 assists for 1021 points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.

Aside from Judy, 'Mr. Ranger' is survived by his siblings Jean Marie, Andre and Pauline as well as his children Chantal Justin Holly and Brook.
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