Hockey Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate of Winnipeg has died at the age of 83. Bathgate joined the NY Rangers in 1952-53 and played for the Broadway Blueshirts until a 1964 trade sent him to Toronto. He also played for Detroit and Pittsburgh during a 17 year pro career that ended with an 11 game stint with the Vancouver Blazers of the World Hockey Association in 1974-75.
Today we lost a legendary Blueshirt with the passing of Andy Bathgate. Our thoughts are with his wife Merle & family pic.twitter.com/Vjdu31wclU
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 26, 2016
The 6-0, 175 pound center played 1069 NHL games and had career totals of 349 goals and 624 assists for 973 points. His best year came in 1958-59 when he scored 40 goals and added 48 assists for 88 points with New York to earn League MVP Honors.
Bathgate tied Bobby Hull for the league scoring title in 1961-62 with 84 points, but the Golden Jet was awarded the crown based on having scored more goals.
Andy won his only Stanley Cup in his first year with Toronto when he scored the clinching goal in the 1964 playoffs. He was named a first or second team all star twice, was part of the Hockey Hall Of Fame’s Class of 1978, was honored as a member of Manitoba’s All Century First Team in 2000, and on February 22, 2009 the Rangers retired his jersey #9 in a pre game ceremony at Madison Square Garden.