It was announced on Sunday morning, August 22nd that New York Rangers legend and hockey Hall of famer, Rod Gilbert, also known as Mr. Ranger, passed away. Gilbert was a member of the New York Rangers for all 18 years of his career, and is currently the franchise leader, and 13th all-time in goals scored with 406. Gilbert is also the Rangers leader in points, with 1,021. Rod was a crucial member of the legendary GAG Line (Goal-A-Game) with his partners in crime, Jean Ratelle, and Vic Hadfield. Ratelle and Hadfield survive their comrade, both of whom are at the age of 80. Gilbert was the first Ranger to have his number retired by the organization, No. 7, back in 1979.
Following his playing career, Gilbert spent the remainder of his days dedicating his life to the city of New York. Gilbert was heavily involved with a number of charity organizations, and was truly committed to the growth of the game by working with children and teaching them to play hockey. Gilbert was an ambassador to the game, and a true humanitarian.
The New York sports world, and the hockey world all around the globe mourn the passing of one of the greatest players to ever step onto the ice. The news comes only a few days after beloved Rangers' goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, announced his retirement, and the franchise announced that Lundqvist's No. 30 will be retired to The Garden rafters sometime in the 2021-22 season. An emotional weekend for Rangers fans.
As if losing Rod Gilbert wasn't bad enough, former NHL player, Jimmy Hayes, was announced dead today, in the early hours of the afternoon of August 23rd. Hayes was only 31 years old, is the brother of Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes, and is survived by his wife Kristen, two young son's, brother Kevin, three sister's and both his parent's.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Hayes was back living in his home state after his nine year NHL career, where he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils.
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