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Feb. 15, 1969 (Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Nov. 10, 1976 (Rangers vs. Washington Capitals)
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most playoff points — 1973 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1975
Most playoff assists — 1973 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 315
Minor-league teams: Brandon (SJHL/WCHL) 1964-1967; Omaha (CHL) 1967-1969
Full name: William John Fairbairn
Uniform Numbers: 14, 10
Retired from NHL: 1979
Bill Fairbairn played seven full seasons with the Rangers at a time when the team was establishing itself as one of the league`s elites. The right wing on the famed Bulldog Line, Fairbairn put up solid offensive numbers and played a major role in the team`s success.
Arriving on the scene in 1969, Fairbairn scored 23 goals as a rookie to finish second behind Tony Esposito in balloting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year. Helping him make such a splash were Bulldog Line mates Walter Tkaczuk and Dave Balon. The trio had a total of 203 points in 1969-70, finishing ahead of the GAG Line in scoring.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Fairbairn was among the team`s top prospects. He dominated the Western Canadian junior league with a combined 254 points over his final two junior seasons with his hometown Brandon Wheat Kings. He then starred at Omaha, and in his final minor-league season of 1968-69 earned CHL Second All-Star Team honors for the Knights.
The Rangers showed their respect for Fairbairn by protecting him in the 1969 NHL Intra-League Draft — rare for a player with only one game of NHL experience at the time.
Fairbairn also came up particularly big in both the 1972-73 season and 1973 playoffs. He had his only 30-goal year during the regular season and then led the team with eight assists and nine points in the playoffs.
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