What Happened September 8 in New York Rangers History
For years, early September was the time for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Now, the ceremony takes place in November, after the start of the season. September 8 was a big day in 1960, 1980 and 1982 for the New York Rangers.
In 1960 Brigadier-General John Kilpatrick was inducted into the Hall in the Builders category. Kilpatrick led the Rangers and Madison Square Garden from 1935 to 1960. He was in charge when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1940.
In 1980, the Hall inducted three former Rangers, Gump Worsley, Lynn Patrick and Harry Lumley. Worsley is recognized as one of the greatest goaltenders to play in the NHL, two-time Vézina Trophy winner and four-time Cup champion. Unfortunately, his best years came after the Rangers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens for Jacques Plante.
Lynn Patrick was a member of hockey royalty, the Patrick family and he played his entire 10 years in the NHL with the Rangers and he also coached the team for two years. The forward won a Cup with the Rangers in 1940 and was the team’s leading scorer with Bryan Hextall and Phil Watson. He received the Lester Patrick Prize in 1989, posthumously.
Harry Lumley is on the Rangers Hall of Fame roster, but the goalie has only played one of his 803 games with the Blueshirts. He has twice won the All-Star and the Vezina Trophy with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 1982, the Hall inducted two legendary Blueshirts, Rod Gilbert and Emile Francis. Gilbert, known as “Mr. Ranger” played all 18 seasons of the NHL with the Rangers, member of the famous GAG line with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield. He leads all Rangers with the most goals (406), points (1021) and winning goals (52) and his 1,065 games played are the most of any Rangers forwards.
Emile Francis was a player, coach and general manager of the Blueshirts. He was a goaltender known as “The Cat” for his speed, and he played all four seasons in New York. He was inducted into the Builders category for his tenure as general manager from 1965 to 1977. He also coached the team for 778 games, leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 1972.
A devastating loss for Canada in the Summit series
The Canadian portion of the 1972 Summit Series ended on that date with a 5-3 loss to Vancouver. The Canadian team were booed out of the ice as they finished the first four games with a 1-2-1 record, dominated 16-14 and were completely dominated in that game.
Canada missed two of its best defensemen in Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe and Bill Goldsworthy suffered two costly penalties in the first period. Boris Mikhailov scored on both power plays as the Soviet Union took a 4-1 lead. Canada came close to 4-2, but the Soviets froze the game with a goal late in the third period.
For the Rangers, defenseman Rod Seiling was back in line with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield as Jean Ratelle missed the game. Gilbert had a goal disallowed in the second period with the referee’s decision that he was kicked into the net. Brad Park was also in the lineup, the only Ranger to have played all four games.
The Rangers had not distinguished themselves in the first four games. Ratelle scored one goal and Park collected two assists among the five Blueshirts named to the squad. Vic Hadfield was set to leave the squad after playing just twice in the first four games. The teams had two weeks off before the series resumed in Moscow.
The Soviets had taught the Canadians a lesson in the four games they played. Although they outscored the Soviets 147-107, their opponents had the best scoring chances and scored more goals. The idea of hanging on to the puck and waiting for the best chance at scoring was still an alien concept in the NHL, something that would change over the following years.
But by that date in 1972, an entire nation was downcast and humiliated by a four-game streak that had to be seen as a disaster. Things were going to change from September 26 when the show picked up, but that’s for another date.
17 NHL players were born on September 8 with three former obscure Blueshirts in that number.
Bill gooden was born on that date in 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Left winger, he played 53 games in the NHL, all for the Rangers, during the war years of 1942 to 1944. He had a long and remarkable career in the AHL, but was never able to replicate his score in the AHL. minor leagues and get back into the NHL.
Maracle bud was a left winger, born on that date in 1904 in Ayr, Ontario. He played 11 games for the Rangers in 1930-1931, scoring one goal and four points. After that season, he was traded to a Bronx minor league team.
Pierre Sevigny was born on this date in 1971 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. A left winger, he was drafted by Montreal and played three seasons with the Canadiens before signing with the Rangers as a free agent in 1997. He went scoreless in three games with the Rangers, playing most of the season with the Wolf Pack.