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New York Rangers All-Time Roster

Seasons with Rangers: 8 (1959-1963, 1968-1971)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 361
Playoff Games with Rangers: 29

Acquired
1. Scouted and signed by Rangers as a free agent in 1958; 2. Traded to Rangers by Minnesota in exchange for Wayne Hillman, Dan Seguin and Joey Johnston on June 12, 1968.

Departed
1. Traded to Montreal with Gump Worsley, Leon Rochefort and Len Ronson for Phil Goyette, Don Marshall and Jacques Plante on June 4, 1963; 2. Traded to Vancouver with Wayne Connelly and Ron Stewart for Gary Doak and Jim Wiste on Nov. 16, 1971.

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NYR - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1959-1960 Rangers 3 0 0 0 0
1960-1961 Rangers 13 1 2 3 8
1961-1962 Rangers 30 4 11 15 11
1962-1963 Rangers 70 11 13 24 72
1968-1969 Rangers 75 10 21 31 5 57 1 2 3 134 7.5
1969-1970 Rangers 76 33 37 70 40 100 4 1 3 202 16.3
1970-1971 Rangers 78 36 24 60 14 34 9 0 7 176 20.5
1971-1972 Rangers 16 4 5 9 5 2 1 0 1 30 13.3
Team Totals: 361 99 113 212 64 284 15 3 14
NYR - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1961-1962 Rangers 6 2 3 5 2 0 0 2
1968-1969 Rangers 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1969-1970 Rangers 6 1 1 2 32 0 0 1
1970-1971 Rangers 13 3 2 5 4 2 0 1
Team Totals: 29 7 6 13 38 2 0 4
 Bio/News
RANGERS DEBUT
Jan. 30, 1960 (Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs)

FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Nov. 14, 1971 (Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks)

MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1971

RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1970-71

RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most goals — 1969-70, 1970-71
Most penalty minutes — 1969-70
Most playoff points — 1962 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1962 (tie)
Most playoff penalty minutes — 1970

RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 217
Minor-league teams: Vancouver (WHL) 1957-58, 1959-60; Saskatoon (WHL) 1958-59; Trois-Rivieres (EPHL) 1959-60; Kitchener-Waterloo (EPHL) 1960-1962

MISCELLANEOUS
Uniform Numbers: 22, 11, 8, 17
Retired from pro hockey: 1974

BIOGRAPHY
Left wing Dave Balon had two four-season stints with the Rangers during his 13-year NHL career. In the first stint, from 1960 to 1964, he was a typical minor league hopeful who shuttled up and down before making the team for good in 1962. But in the second stint, from 1968 to 1971, Balon emerged as an NHL All-Star and led the team in goals twice.

Balon left the Rangers for the first time in a highly publicized trade that brought goaltending legend Jacques Plante to New York in June 1963. Over the next four seasons in Montreal and Minnesota, Balon began to show his scoring potential, netting 46 goals over his first two years with the Habs. His improvement prompted the Rangers to send three players to Minnesota in June 1968 in order to bring Balon back.

Balon`s return was triumphant. After a subpar season of only 19 goals and 31 points in 1968-69, he exploded for 33 goals in 1969-70 and another 36 in 1970-71. In 1969-70, his 70 points placed him third on the team in scoring behind Walt Tkaczuk and Jean Ratelle. Part of Balon`s great success was his being able to play on the Rangers` original "Bulldog Line" with Tkaczuk and Bill Fairbairn.

During the 1971-72 season, Balon was traded to Vancouver in a five-player deal. He concluded his NHL career the following year with the Canucks, but it was clear that he had enjoyed the bulk of his success as a Blueshirt.

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