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Nov. 19, 1935 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings)
1945-46 to 1948-49
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1967
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1938-39, 1939-40, 1947-48
NHL All-Star Game — 1939, 1948
Most playoff points — 1940 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1940
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most assists — 1936-37, 1940-41
Most playoff points — 1937, 1940 (tie), 1941 (tie), 1942
Most playoff goals — 1937 (tie), 1941 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1937 (tie), 1939 (tie), 1940, 1942
RANGERS COACHING STATISTICS
Head coach: 1950-1951
Career regular-season record: 26-41-26
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 63
Minor-league teams: Philadelphia (Can-Am) 1935-36; New Haven (AHL) 1948-1950 (player-coach)
Full name: Neil MacNeil Colville
Uniform Numbers: 6
Stanley Cup Champion: 1940
Retired from NHL: 1949
A lifetime Ranger, Neil Colville joined the organization in 1935 and spent the next 16 years with the club as both a player and coach. His time with the Rangers was interrupted during World War II, when he left the NHL to serve in the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force during the 1942-43, 1943-44 and 1944-45 seasons.
Colville, who shifted to defense following his return from World War II, exploded on offense for the Rangers during the team`s run to the 1940 Stanley Cup championship. He tied for the team lead with nine points and led all NHL players with seven assists. A big part of his success were his linemates, Alex Shibicky and Neil`s younger brother Mac.
Mac Colville was a teammate of Neil`s on the Rangers for many years. Both players were brought to New York from their native Edmonton in 1934, and their play with the Eastern Hockey League`s Brooklyn Crescents convinced the Rangers to offer them contracts for the following season. Neil, who had first come to the Rangers` attention when he attended the Lester Patrick Hockey School in Winnipeg, led the EHL with 35 points in 1934-35.
Following his retirement, Colville served as the Rangers` head coach for two seasons.
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