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Oct. 14, 1951 (Rangers at Chicago Black Hawks)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Dec. 3, 1958 (Rangers vs. Chicago Black Hawks)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1953, 1956
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1953-54
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1952-53
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1952-53
Most goals — 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 45
Minor-league teams: Buffalo (AHL) 1958-59
Full Name: Walter Edgar Hergesheimer
Uniform Numbers: 18
Retired from pro hockey: 1962
The Rangers` best goal-scorer of the early 1950s, Wally Hergesheimer was an instant hit from the moment he arrived in New York in 1951, scoring 83 goals over his first three seasons to lead the team each year.
Hergesheimer had an excellent hockey pedigree. As a boy, he was coached by Bill and Bun Cook, and his older brother Phil had played in the NHL with Chicago.
Because Hergesheimer came from Winnipeg, the Rangers held his territorial rights entering the 1950-51 season. When it was clear he wouldn`t crack the roster that year, the team traded his rights to Cleveland of the AHL, only to secure their return in time for the 1951-52 season.
A year in the AHL was very beneficial for Hergesheimer, who registered 83 points in 71 games and then set AHL records of 11 goals and five game-winners in 11 playoff games as he led the Barons to the 1951 Calder Cup. He also won AHL Rookie of the Year honors that season.
Hergesheimer`s first stint with the Rangers lasted five years from 1951 to 1956, and he was part of the team that ended a six-year playoff drought by qualifying for the postseason in 1956. He also had some tough times during that period, breaking his left leg twice during the 1954 calendar year, and he was limited to just 14 games in the 1954-55 season.
Traded away to Chicago following his lone playoff run with the Rangers, Hergesheimer returned to New York in 1958 by way of the minors once again. This time, the AHL Buffalo team for which he was starring was purchased by the Rangers organization, and his pro hockey rights became Ranger property. That enabled him to play 22 more games with the team in 1958-59.
Hergesheimer`s scoring feats are even more impressive consideriing that he played his entire NHL career missing two fingers on his right hand — the result of a factory accident suffered in 1944.
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