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March 15, 1949 (Rangers vs. Boston Bruins)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 23, 1958 (Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most penalty minutes — 1954-55
Most playoff penalty minutes — 1956, 1958
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 202
Minor-league teams: New Haven (AHL) 1949-50; Cincinnati (AHL) 1950-51; Saskatoon (WHL) 1952-1955
Full name: William John Evans
Uniform Numbers: 16, 3, 20, 5
Retired from pro hockey as player: 1972
Born in Wales but raised in Canada, Jack "Tex" Evans took awhile to establish himself as a full-time member of the New York Rangers. Once he did, however, he became a major contributor to the team`s success in the late 1950s.
Evans` pro hockey playing career, which began in New York, would span an amazing 24 seasons, taking him into another hockey life as an NHL coach.
Evans played his first games with the Rangers in the spring of 1949 but did not become a semi-regular until the 1950-51 season. After three years in which he moved back and forth between Madison Square Garden and the minor leagues, Evans was farmed out to the Saskatoon Quakers of the WHL for a full season in 1952-53.
The extra minor-league training served Evans well. He went on to make the league`s First All-Star Team and set the tone for the next nine years in the NHL. By 1955, Evans was a Rangers regular, and he played in 210 consecutive games over his final three years in New York.
Lost to Chicago in the 1958 NHL Intra-League Draft, Evans went on to have two All-Star seasons with the Hawks before turning his attention to coaching in the minors. By 1975, he was back in the NHL as head coach of the California Golden Seals. He spent three seasons with the California franchise, which moved to Cleveland in 1976, and was with the team when it folded following the 1977-78 season.
Evans got his second shot at NHL coaching in Hartford. He joined the Whalers in 1983 and turned them into a playoff team within three seasons. His best moment came in 1986, when Hartford swept Quebec in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and then pushed Montreal to a seven-game series in Round 2.
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