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Oct. 16, 1947 (Rangers at Montreal Canadiens)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 25, 1951 (Rangers vs. Chicago Black Hawks)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1988
Hart Trophy — 1947-48
Lady Byng Trophy — 1947-48
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1947-48
NHL All-Star Game — 1949
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1947-48
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1947-48, 1948-49
Most goals — 1947-48 (tie)
Most assists — 1947-48, 1948-49
Most playoff points — 1948 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1948 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 65
Minor-league teams: Cincinnati (AHL) 1951-52
Full name: Herbert William O`Connor
Uniform Numbers: 5
Retired from pro hockey: 1952
Although he spent only four total seasons with the Rangers, Hall of Famer Buddy O`Connor left an indelible impression on Blueshirts fans with his leadership and scoring ability, which played a key role in making the team a Cup contender again.
O`Connor arrived in New York in the late summer of 1947 after playing six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He had been a star in Montreal, but it was in New York where his career really took off. During his first season with the Blueshirts, he dominated the NHL, winning both the Hart Trophy as MVP and the Lady Byng Trophy as the most gentlemanly player. No NHL player had ever won both awards in the same season prior to 1947-48.
Despite being the first Rangers player to win the Hart Trophy, O`Connor`s biggest accomplishment with the Blueshirts came at the end of his MVP season, when he led the Rangers back to the playoffs for the first time in six years. As team captain in 1950, he took it one step further, driving the Rangers all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to Detroit.
O`Connor spent his final season in the Rangers organization providing leadership to minor-league prospects in Cincinnati. He retired in 1952 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1988.
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