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New York Rangers Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The New York Rangers have been around a long time, since 1926 to be exact, but have only won four championships over that time period. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been competitive, and in 1994 had one of the greatest postseasons ever with Mark Messier leading the way to bring New York City its first title in 54 years. Here is a list of the Rangers’ all-time leading goal scorers to date:
Rod Gilbert (406)—Hall of Fame right wing Rod Gilbert played his entire career in New York, from 1960 to 1978, and while he never won a Stanley Cup, is one of the best known hockey players in New York history, and that includes those great Islanders’ players. Gilbert ranks first in Rangers’ history with 406 goals, and he had 20 or more goals twelve times, 30 or more five times and 40 or more once. That once was 43 goals in 1971-72, a career best. That season, Gilbert added 54 assists for a career tying 97 total points.
Jean Ratelle (336)—Center Jean Ratelle played for the Rangers most of his career, from 1960 to 1976 before going on to finish his career in Boston. Ratelle ranks second in franchise history with 336 goals in a Rangers’ uniform, and his best season was 1971-72. That year, to go along with the awesome season Gilbert had, Ratelle scored a career high 46 goals, adding 63 assists for a career best 109 total points. He also had an astounding +61 in the plus/minus category.
Adam Graves (280)—Left wing Adam Graves played for four teams during his career, and was with the Rangers from 1991 to 2001, helping them win a Stanley Cup in 1994. Graves ranks third in team history with 280 goals, and 1993-94 was also his best season. That year, Graves contributed a career high 52 goals, with 27 assists to give him 79 total points (also career best).
Andy Bathgate (272)—Right wing Andy Bathgate played the bulk of his NHL career in New York, from 1952 to 1963, and ranks fourth in franchise history with 272 goals. Bathgate had his best season in 1958-59, when he scored a career high 40 goals, with 48 assists for a career best 88 total points. Bathgate also led the NHL in assists twice, with 58 in 1963-64 (with two different teams) and 56 in 1961-62.
Vic Hadfield (262)—Left wing Vic Hadfield played most of his career in New York, from 1961 to 1974. Hadfield ranks fifth in Rangers’ history with 262 goals, and his best season by far was 1971-72, furthering proof that the Rangers were awesome that year. That season, Hadfield had career highs in goals (50), assists (56) and total points (106).