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March 4, 1964 (Rangers vs. Chicago Black Hawks)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Oct. 24, 1974 (Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1972
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1972 Summit Series — Canada vs. USSR
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 59
Minor-league teams: Minnesota (CHL) 1964-65; Baltimore (AHL) 1966-67
Full name: Rodney Albert Seiling
Uniform Numbers: 16
Retired from NHL: 1979
Defenseman Rod Seiling played 644 games with the Rangers, including a seven-year run from 1967 to 1974 in which he emerged as one of the team`s top defensemen.
Seiling came to the Rangers from Toronto`s organization in the 1964 trade for Andy Bathgate, although unlike Dick Duff and Bob Nevin, he did not immediately join the team. Although he played regularly the following year in 1964-65, Seiling bounced back and forth from the minor leagues for two more years before winning a full-time job in 1967.
Seiling`s value to the Blueshirts at that time was so great that the Rangers refused to let him go in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. St. Louis selected Seiling in the draft, but the Rangers turned around and offered four players to the Blues just to get him back.
In 1971-72, the year the Rangers marched to the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, Seiling was at his best, scoring five goals and 41 points. The following season, he boosted his numbers to career-highs of nine goals and 42 points. During this period, he played in the 1972 NHL All-Star Game and was named to Team Canada for the historic Summit Series against the Soviet Union in September 1972.
By the start of the 1974-75 season, Seiling had lost his spot in the lineup to up-and-coming defenseman Ron Greschner, and by the end of October, he was claimed on waivers by Washington. He lasted in Washington for just a few days before returning to his hockey roots in Toronto.
Seiling later played in St. Louis and Atlanta before retiring in 1979.
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