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Oct. 10, 1975 (Rangers at Atlanta Flames)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Oct. 13, 1982 (Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Lester Patrick Trophy — 2004
Most playoff games played by a goaltender — 1979
Most playoff minutes — 1979
Most playoff shutouts — 1979
RANGERS NO. 1 GOALTENDER (played majority of games)
1975-76 to 1976-77, 1978-78 to 1979-80
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 14
Minor-league teams: New Haven (AHL) 1976-77, 1979-80); Springfield (AHL) 1981-82
Full name: John Arthur Davidson
Uniform Numbers: 35, 00, 30
Retired from NHL: 1983
With the exception of a two-year stint as a broadcaster with Hockey Night in Canada and his hometown Calgary Flames, John Davidson was part of the Rangers organization in every year from 1975 to 2006.
Over eight seasons as a Rangers goaltender from 1975 to 1983, Davidson played in 222 games. His greatest moment with the Blueshirts came in the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinals against the New York Islanders, when he led the Rangers to an upset victory in six games.
Despite playing with a knee injury during the team`s loss to Montreal in the Stanley Cup Finals, Davidson finished the 1979 playoffs as the NHL`s leader in games played by a goaltender (18) and shutouts (1).
But it was as a broadcaster that J.D. left his greatest mark on the organization, taking on that role as early as the 1982-83 season, when he worked in the broadcast booth while sitting out with a career-ending back injury.
Following his retirement as a player in 1983, Davidson took his first full-time broadcasting job with the Rangers and served as an analyst during the 1983-84 season. His work in New York drew the attention of Hockey Night in Canada, which hired him as a commentator for the next two years before his return to the Rangers in 1986.
It didn`t take long for Davidson and his signature "Oh, Baby!" to win a following in New York. Known for his preparation and ability to explain subtle facets of the game, Davidson earned acclaim at every level of broadcasting.
As an in-game analyst, Davidson worked nationally televised regular-season games, the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL All-Star Games and the Olympics in addition to his role with MSG Network. He was in the booth on the night of June 14, 1994, when the Rangers ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought, and along with play-by-play man Sam Rosen was a witness to every piece of Rangers history over the past 20 years.
There were also memorable moments outside the booth. Davidson served as the emcee for the 1991 pre-game ceremony in which new arrival Mark Messier was named team captain, and he was also the emcee for the Jan. 12, 2006, Messier Night event, when the No. 11 was sent to the rafters.
Davidson held his position in the Rangers` broadcast booth for 20 years until leaving the team to become president of the St. Louis Blues in July 2006.
º Alumni Profile
º Alumni Spotlight
º Davidson Recalls Draft Day Memories
º How Davidson Inspired a Hit Song
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers NHL Award Winners
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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