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Dec. 11, 1948 (Rangers at Detroit Red Wings)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Nov. 21, 1954 (Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
Dec. 20, 1951 to Nov. 3, 1953
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1981
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 47
Minor-league teams: Vancouver (WHL) 1953-54
Full name: Allan Herert Stanley
Uniform Numbers: 8
Retired from NHL: 1969
Hall of Fame defenseman Allan Stanley began his NHL career with the Rangers and would spend the first six of his 21 seasons in New York.
Although Stanley would later achieve his greatest NHL fame in Toronto, where he won four Stanley Cup championships, it was with the Rangers that he established himself as a bona fide star, playing a major role in the team`s run to the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals with seven points in 12 games.
Stanley`s arrival with the Rangers made headlines in December 1948 because it marked the biggest trade in NHL history involving rights to a minor-league player. In return for Stanley, who had yet to play in the NHL, the Blueshirts gave the Providence Reds two established NHL players in Eddie Kullman and Moe Morris.
The total value of players and cash handed over to Providence was worth roughly $70,000 — a staggering amount of money at the time. It also represented a huge profit for the Reds. The Boston Bruins had originally controlled Stanley`s NHL rights, but had sold them off to Providence for $3,000 in 1946.
Wasting no time making his mark on the Rangers, Stanley finished second to teammate Pentti Lund in voting for the 1948-49 Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year. Had he not suffered an ankle injury during that season, he could have become the first defenseman to win the Calder.
Stanley, who served in the Canadian Navy during World War II in 1944-45, also had a major impact in the leadership department. He was named the Rangers captain at age 25 and retained the title for two full seasons.
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