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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
Full Name: Anders Hugo Hedberg
Uniform Numbers: 15
Retired from NHL: 1985
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.
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º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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