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Nov. 5, 1939 (Rangers at Detroit Red Wings)
RANGERS COACHING STATISTICS
Head coach — 1959-1961
Career regular-season record — 36-66-21
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 73
Minor-league teams: New York Rovers (EHL) 1937-1939; Philadelphia (AHL) 1938-39
Nickname: The Embalmer
Full name: Alfred George Pike
Uniform Numbers: 16, 2, 14
Stanley Cup Champion: 1940
Retired from NHL: 1947
Another player who grew up in Winnipeg during the heydey of Lester Patrick`s hockey school in that city, Alf Pike went on to play six seasons for the Rangers and served as coach for nearly two more.
Pike had the distinction of being a 22-year-old rookie on the Rangers team that won the 1940 Stanley Cup championship, but his career with the Rangers was interrupted by World War II. During the war, he left the NHLfor two years to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force, based out of his hometown of Winnipeg. He returned to the Blueshirts in 1945 to play a total of 64 games over the next two seasons.
Pike played center for his first three NHL seasons, but shifted to defense prior to the 1942-43 season and remained a blueliner for several seasons before moving to left wing for his final season of 1946-47.
Following his retirement in 1947, Pike coached for several years in the minor leagues and junior hockey before returning to the Rangers as a replacement for Phil Watson during the 1959-60 season. He remained the head coach for one more season after that.
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