The New York Rangers announced Sunday night that franchise legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert has passed away. He was 80.
Gilbert suited up at forward for the Rangers from 1960-78, finishing his NHL career with 406 goals and 1,021 total points. The Montreal native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
Gilbert’s No. 7 became the first jersey retired by the Rangers. After his playing days were over, he remained a fixture with the team, serving in a variety of administrative and ambassadorial roles.
“Everyone in the Rangers organization mourns the loss of a true New York icon,” Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury said tonight. “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.”
A true New York icon.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 23, 2021
Gilbert is survived by his wife and siblings, his four children and seven grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Rod.
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