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RIP: Andy Bathgate

It was announced today that Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Andy Bathgate, died today at the age of 83. 

Bathgate began his 17 year career with the New York Rangers, and in the 1950’s, the forward would become the team’s star and primary scoring threat.  Bathgate would be a Second Team All Star in the 1957/58 season and was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy, but the season after he would win the Hart and would set a personal best with 88 Points. 

His star would continue to shine with the Rangers and he would tie for the league lead in Points scored (though losing the Art Ross, as he did not have the most Goals) in the 1961/62 season and would earn his second and final First Team All Star appearance. 

Despite his individual stardom in New York, the team around him was not great and a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs paid dividends for both Bathgate and the Leafs as he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1964.  Bathgate would finish his career with the Detroit Red Wings and the expansion team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a brief stint in the WHA following a retirement. 

Bathgate retired as a Point per Game player and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Andy Bathgate at this time.

The New York Rangers retire Jean Ratelle's number

As most of the regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports. After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives.

As such, it is important to us that last night the New York Rangers retired the number 19 of Jean Ratelle.

From Lac St-Jean, Quebec, Ratelle debuted for the Rangers in 1960 and by the 67-68 season had emerged as one of the top playmakers in the NHL. He would famously center the Goal-A-Game Line (The GAG Line) with Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert and in the 1971-72 campaign would score 109 Points while being named a Second Team All Star and winning the Lady Byng and Lester B. Pearson Award.  After sixteen years with the organization, he was traded to the Boston Bruins early in the 1975-76 season.

As a Ranger, Ratelle had seven 70 Point seasons and tallied 817 Points overall wearing blue and his 336 Goals are still good enough for second in franchise history.

Ratelle becomes the ninth player to have his number retried by New York following Ed Giacoin (1), Brian Leetch (2), Harry Howell (3), Rod Gilbert (7), Adam Graves (9), And Bathgate (9), Mark Messier (11) and Mike Richter (35). He would enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Jean Ratelle for earning this honor.

The New York Rangers retire Vic Hadfield's Number

As most of the regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports.  After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives.  

As such, it is important to us that the New York Rangers retired the number 11 yesterday of Vic Hadfield in a pre-game ceremony.

Hadfield was a member of the Rangers’ famed “Goal A Game” Line that also consisted of Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, both of who already had their number retired so this is a reunion of sorts. 

As a member of the New York Rangers, Hadfield played 13 seasons where he scored 262 Goals and 310 Assists.  He was also the captain of the team from 1971 to 1974.

This marks the tenth time that New York has retired a number.  Hadfield joins Mark Messier, who also had the #11 retired.  This has happened before as the #9 was retired for both Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate. The other retried numbers are Ed Giacomin #1, Brian Leetch #2, Harry Howell #3, Rod Gilbert #7, Jean Ratelle #19 and Mike Richter #35.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Vic Hadfield for earning this prestigious honor.

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