Rod Gilbert, often known as “Mr. Ranger,” was a Hall of Fame hockey player who passed away on Sunday. He was 80 years old at the time.
The National Hockey League acknowledged Gilbert’s death in a press release, lamenting his loss and emphasizing his significance. His cause of death has not been revealed.
Gilbert acquired the moniker “Mr. Ranger” throughout his 18-year career with the New York Rangers, which he spent from 1960 to 1978. He was the team’s first player to have his number retired.
In a statement, Rangers President Chris Drury said, “Everyone in the Rangers organization mourns the passing of a genuine New York icon.” “One of the first names I ever heard about as a young Rangers fan was Rod Gilbert – he was associated with Rangers hockey.”
Since 1979, Gilbert’s No. 7 banner has flown in the Madison Square Garden rafters.
In a statement, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp executive chairman James Dolan stated, “I am extremely saddened by the loss of Rod Gilbert – one of the best Rangers to ever play for our club and one of the finest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had.” “While his on-ice accomplishments won him a place in the Hall of Fame, it was his passion for the Rangers and the people of New York that endeared him to generations of fans and gave him the moniker of ‘Mr. Ranger’ for all time.”
“During this sad moment, our prayers are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the whole Gilbert family.” He went on to say that they would always be a part of the Rangers family.
The Montreal native finished his career with 406 goals and 615 assists, trailing only Gordie Howe for the most points by a right winger in NHL history.
In 1982, Gilbert was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The eight-time All-Star is remains the Rangers’ all-time leader in goals and points.
In a statement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated, “Rod Gilbert’s effect on the National Hockey League and the New York Rangers over the last 62 years was significant — both on and off the ice.” “As a player, he was idolized by his colleagues, admired by his opponents, and adored by Rangers supporters.”