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Nov. 3, 1974 (Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 27, 1990 (Rangers vs. Washington Capitals) (playoffs)
Oct. 9, 1986 to Dec. 3, 1987
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1980
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Players` Player Award — 1977-78 (co-winner)
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1985-86
"Crumb Bum" Award (Community Service) — 1984-85
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1979 Challenge Cup — NHL All-Stars vs. USSR (reserve, did not play)
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most assists — 1977-78, 1980-81
Most playoff assists — 1980
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 7
Minor-league teams: Providence (AHL) 1974
Full Name: Ronald Greschner
Uniform Numbers: 4
Retired from NHL: 1990
A member of the Rangers for all 16 of his NHL seasons, defenseman Ron Greschner was the heart and soul of the Blueshirts` blueline corps through that the late 1970s and the entire 1980s.
Greschner came to the Rangers in 1974 as a highly-touted second-round draft pick, who was coming off a 103-point season for New Westminster of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League. As if to signal how much of an impact he would make, he fittingly scored his first NHL goal against Hall of Famer Ken Dryden and went on to set a then Rangers rookie record of 37 assists in 1974-75.
Greschner was so skilled offensively that the Rangers would occasionally play him at forward as well as defense, and in 1977-78, he registered the first of four 20-goal seasons. His third 20-goal campaign in 1980-81 featured a career-high 27 goals and included time at left win on a line with Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg.
Although he stayed relatively free from injuries for most of his first seven seasons, Greschner was limited to just 29 games in 1981-82 due to a pinched nerve in his back and just 10 games in 1982-83 due to a re-aggravation of the back injury. During this time, he still managed to break Brad Park`s record for career points by a Rangers defenseman — a record he held until passed by Brian Leetch in the late 1990s.
Injuries continued to dog Greschner in his latter years with the Rangers, as he was hampered by shoulder problems in 1984-85 and a broken left foot two years later. Despite the injuries, he was named captain for the 1986-86 season after filling in for Barry Beck the previous year.
Greschner eventually gave up the captaincy during another injury-filled season in 1987-88, but remained with the Rangers for two more years until retiring in 1990 at age 35. Although all of his major team records were later broken by Leetch, Greschner retired from the NHL as the Rangers` all-time leader in points, goals and assists by a defensemen.
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