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Nov. 3, 1979 (Rangers at Colorado Rockies)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 12, 1986 (Rangers vs. Calgary Flames)
Feb. 4, 1981, to May 9, 1986
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1980, 1981, 1982
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1981-82 (co-winner), 1983-84
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1983-84 (co-winner)
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1981-82
"Crumb Bum" Award (Community Service) — 1981-82
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1981 Canada Cup
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most penalty minutes — 1980-81
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Full name: Barry David Beck
Uniform Numbers: 3, 5
Retired from NHL: 1986 (retired a second time in 1990)
One of the biggest and most imposing defensemen ever to wear a New York Rangers uniform, Barry Beck gave the Blueshirts a massive presence on the blueline throughout the first half of the 1980s.
From the moment the Vancouver native arrived in New York in a trade with the Colorado Rockies, Beck began asserting himself. Joining the Rangers one month into the 1979-80 season, a then 22-year-old Beck stormed through the rest of th year with 14 goals and a career-high 45 assists in 61 games.
Although Beck would not be able to match the scoring totals of his first year in New York, the former No. 2 overall draft pick of the Rockies was still one of the Rangers` highest scoring defensemen over the next three seasons, picking up a total of 32 goals and 106 points. In the 1981 playoffs, he led all Rangers blueliners with five goals and 13 points in only 14 games, which was at that time a scoring record for Rangers defensemen in postseason.
At the same time Beck was still making big contributions on offense, he also added a remarkable physical element to his game — jumping from 98 penalty minutes in his first season with the Rangers to a career-high 231 in 1980-81. His 231 PIM were a Rangers record that stood for nearly a decade.
Beck represented the Rangers at the NHL All-Star game in each of his first four years with the team, but he wasn`t just big and talented. He was also a great leader, and the Rangers were quick to give him the captaincy at age 23, making him the second-youngest captain in team history.
Beck remained the Rangers` captain for the next five years — a period that included playoff series wins over Los Angeles and St. Louis in 1981 and Philadelphia in 1982 and 1983.
Only injuries could slow the man nicknamed "Bubba", who struggled to stay healthy for much of his time in New York. He missed part of the 1981-82 season and a big chunk of 1984-85 with injuries to his left shoulder, which ultimately played a role in his decision to retire from the NHL in 1986 at age 29.
Three years after saying goodbye to the NHL, Beck came out of retirement for a one-season comeback with Los Angeles that ended because he felt he wasn`t able to play at the level he had displayed in New York.
A popular figure both on and off the ice, Beck was active in the Rangers` charitable ventures and was honored for these efforts with the second annual Rangers "Crumb Bum" Award in 1982. He was also honored by the New York media with the 1981-82 Good Guy Award.
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers Captains
º Rangers MVP Winners
º Boucher Trophy Winners
º "Crumb Bum" Award Winners
º Rangers Good Guy Award Winners