Andy Bathgate, Hall of Fame winger and 1959 NHL MVP, died February 26, 2016 according to The Associated Press. He was 83.
Andy Bathgate, a Canadian NHL Hall of Fame winger who was the league’s MVP in 1959, died Feb. 26, 2016, according to The Associated Press. He was 83.
Known for his prolific scoring, Bathgate was a dominant offensive right-winger during his professional hockey career. He scored 40 goals with 48 assists during the 1958—59 season, and he received the Hart Memorial Trophy, the NHL’s award that goes to the most valuable player.
Born Aug. 28, 1932, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bathgate played the majority of his career for the New York Rangers between 1953 and 1964. Despite his individual play comparing favorably to contemporary wingers like Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull, Bathgate’s Rangers teams did not play well. They made only four playoff appearances in that time.
In 1964, he and his fearsome slap shot were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he scored five playoff goals on the road to winning the Stanley Cup. It was the first and only time Bathgate would have his name engraved on hockey’s most prestigious trophy.
He played one more season for the Maple Leafs, and then two seasons each for the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Hockey League before finally retiring from professional hockey in 1975 at age 42.
In 1978, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In his 18-year NHL career, he played 1,069 games, scored 349 goals and tallied 973 total points.
In 2009, the Rangers retired his No. 9 jersey. Adam Graves, another Ranger who had worn the same number in recent years, introduced Bathgate to the crowd, calling him, “the greatest player to ever wear No. 9 for the New York Rangers.”
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