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Nov. 13, 1991 (Rangers vs. Washington Capitals)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Feb. 12, 1999 (Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes)
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
"Crumb Bum" Award (Community Service) — 1995-96
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most penalty minutes — 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96
Most playoff penalty minutes — 1992, 1994, 1997
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Uniform Numbers: 23
Stanley Cup Champion: 1994
Retired from NHL: July 15, 1999
From 1991 to 1998, Madison Square Garden resounded with chants of "Booook" every time defenseman Jeff Beukeboom was on the ice. Whether shutting down opposing stars or applying a thunderous hit, he became an instant fan favorite after coming to the Rangers as the final piece of the deal that brought Mark Messier to New York in 1991.
Already a three time Stanley Cup champion by the time he arrived on Broadway, Beukeboom paired with Brian Leetch to become a staple on the blueline for much of the 1990’s. The prototypical "stay at home" defenseman amassed 1,257 penalty minutes, second on the Rangers` all-time to Ron Greschner, and led the team in penalty minutes on three separate occasions. He also appeared in 70 post-season matches, tying him with Messier for sixth in franchise history.
Beukeboom’s best season with the Blueshirts came during the team`s Stanley Cup run in 1993-94, when he posted a career-best eight goals along with eight assists for 16 points and 170 penalty minutes. He also served as the team`s assistant captain in the late 1990s.
Although he was always known as a tough guy on the ice, Beukeboom showed a tremendous heart in his actions off it. In 1996, his civic actions were recognized by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers` Association with the "Crumb Bum" Award for his work with New York area children
Beukeboom was forced to retire in 1999 after suffering two devastating concussions. He left behind a legacy as one of the most popular defenseman to ever don a Rangers jersey, and to this day, cries of “Booook” rattle the Garden rafters whenever replays of No. 23 are shown or whenever Beukeboom himself visits the arena.
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