NEW YORK — Vic Hadfield joined his former GAG Line teammates as the most recent to have his quantity retired by the New York Rangers.
A banner with his title and No. 11 was raised to the rafters at Madison Sq. Backyard on Sunday in a ceremony earlier than the Rangers hosted the Winnipeg Jets.
Hadfield had 262 targets and 310 assists in 841 video games over components of 13 seasons in New York earlier than he was traded to Pittsburgh in Might 1974 and completed his profession with the Penguins in 1976. With the Rangers, he was the left wing on a line with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert — dubbed the GAG Line for “objective a recreation.”
Hadfield, a Rangers captain from 1971-74, acquired an ovation from the gang when he was introduced and walked out on the purple carpet on the ice, after which once more when he was referred to as up to the rostrum by Gilbert.
“I can not clarify how unbelievable and wonderful it’s to stand earlier than you and settle for this tribute tonight,” the 78-year-lold Hadfield stated. “That is such an honor, a privilege for any participant.”
Hadfield grew to become the 10th participant to have his quantity retired by the Rangers, and his No. 11 — additionally retired for Mark Messier — is the second to be chosen for 2 gamers. The opposite is No. 9, retired for Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate. Ed Giacomin (1), Brian Leetch (2), Harry Howell (three), Gilbert (7), Ratelle (19) and Mike Richter (35) have additionally been honored.
“A particular thanks to Rod and Jean,” Hadfield stated. “I actually would not have the option to be right here with out you two.”
Giacomin, Richter, Messier, Leetch, Graves, Ratelle and Gilbert additionally attended the ceremony, whereas Howell and Bathgate have been represented by relations. A few of Hadfield’s former teammates have been additionally current, together with Ron Greschner, Steve Vickers, Bob Nevin, Bruce MacGregor, Ted Irvine, Invoice Fairbarn, Pete Stemkowski,okay Walt Tkaczuk, Tim Neilson, Brad Park and 91-year-old former coach Emile Francis.
The GAG Line’s huge season was in 1971-72 once they completed third, fourth and fifth within the league in factors and Hadfield and Ratelle grew to become the primary two Rangers to attain 100 factors. Hadfield was the primary Rangers participant to rating 50 targets that season, and Ratelle — who suffered an ankle harm late within the season — set a franchise file with 109 factors that stood till Jaromir Jagr had 123 in 2005-06.
“Our line had nice chemistry and we made one another higher gamers,” Ratelle stated.
Francis added: “I am so proud all three of their names will probably be collectively on the roof.”
Hadfield was offered with a specifically inscribed commemorative watch, a standard-sized sideboard with names of his 132 teammates throughout his tenure with the Rangers, and a five-day cruise with his household.
Present Rangers gamers sat on the bench throughout the ceremony, all sporting No. 11 jerseys with Hadfield’s title on the again.
The ceremony for Hadfield was introduced on Feb. 28, after Ratelle had his quantity retired.
“I did not have a clue,” Hadfield stated earlier than Sunday’s ceremony. “When Rod introduced it, it was fairly a shock, and emotional.”