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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
Uniform Numbers: 22, 11, 8, 17
Retired from pro hockey: 1974
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.
º Boucher Trophy Winners