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New York Rangers All-Time Roster

Seasons with Rangers: 7 (1978-1985)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 465
Playoff Games with Rangers: 58

Acquired
Signed with Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on June 5, 1978.

Departed
Retired from NHL following 1984-85 season.

Show All Stats
NYR - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1978-1979 Rangers 80 33 45 78 19 33 6 0 5 214 15.4
1979-1980 Rangers 80 32 39 71 13 21 7 0 4 241 13.3
1980-1981 Rangers 80 30 40 70 0 52 7 1 3 243 12.4
1981-1982 Rangers 4 0 1 1 -2 0 0 0 0 8 0.0
1982-1983 Rangers 78 25 34 59 17 12 4 0 5 163 15.3
1983-1984 Rangers 79 32 35 67 18 16 6 0 2 209 15.3
1984-1985 Rangers 64 20 31 51 -15 10 9 0 2 141 14.2
Team Totals: 465 172 225 397 50 144 39 1 21 1,219 14.1
NYR - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1978-1979 Rangers 18 4 5 9 12 0 1 1
1979-1980 Rangers 9 3 2 5 7 0 0 1
1980-1981 Rangers 14 8 8 16 6 3 0 0
1982-1983 Rangers 9 4 8 12 4 1 0 0
1983-1984 Rangers 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1984-1985 Rangers 3 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Team Totals: 58 22 24 46 31 4 1 2
 Bio/News
RANGERS DEBUT
Oct. 12, 1978 (Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers)

FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 13, 1985 (Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers) (playoffs)

MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Masterton Trophy — 1984-85
NHL All-Star Game — 1985

RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1979-80
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1984-85 (co-winner)
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1979-80

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1979 Challenge Cup — NHL All-Stars vs. USSR
1981 Canada Cup

RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1980-81
Most goals — 1980-81 (tie)
Most assists — 1978-79
Most playoff points — 1983
Most playoff goals — 1981 (tie), 1983 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1983

RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None

MISCELLANEOUS
Full Name: Anders Hugo Hedberg
Uniform Numbers: 15
Retired from NHL: 1985

BIOGRAPHY
Europeans have played a tremendous role in shaping the NHL since the first wave of Swedes and Finns came to North America in the mid-1970s, and each franchise can claim at least one pioneering European star during this time.

The first European to play a true starring role with the Rangers was Sweden`s Anders Hedberg, who joined the team along with countryman Ulf Nilsson in a much-heralded June 1978 signing.

Prior to Hedberg and Nilsson`s arrival, the Rangers` roster had included only a handful of Europeans, and none had anywhere near the impact that Hedberg would have in his seven seasons in New York. Nilsson would have likely played an equally big role had his career not been cut short by injuries.

Both Hedberg and Nilsson had starred for several years with the World Hockey Association`s Winnipeg Jets, where they played on a line with Hall of Famer Bobby Hull. In 1976-77, Hedberg led the WHA with 70 goals, and in the two seasons from 1976 to 1978, he scored 253 points. His arrival in the NHL, let alone its largest city, was major hockey news.

Hedberg did not disappoint. In his first Rangers season, during which he turned 28, the 5-foot-11 Swede scored 33 goals and 78 points. He also played a key role in driving the Rangers all the way to the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal.

His 33-goal rookie year would be the first of three straight 30-goal seasons for Hedberg. In six full seasons (he lost all but four games of the 1981-82 campaign to a knee injury), Hedberg never went under 20 goals or 50 points. He was also an outstanding postseason performer, particularly in 1981, when he notched a remarkable eight goals and 16 points in 14 games to finish one point behind Ron Duguay for the team scoring lead.

With 397 career points, Hedberg remains the highest-scoring European-trained player in Rangers history.

Hedberg retired as a player in 1985 and later pursued a successful career as an NHL scout and front office executive in Toronto and Ottawa. He also served as the general manager of the 2002 Swedish Olympic team that competed in Salt Lake City.

RELATED CONTENT
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers NHL Award Winners
º Rangers MVP Winners
º Boucher Trophy Winners
º Rangers Good Guy Award Winners
º Rangers Single-Season Leaders
º Rangers All-Time Scoring Leaders
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs


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