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Oct. 24, 1965 (Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Oct. 26, 1975 (Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1987
Vezina Trophy — 1970-71 (co-winner with Gilles Villemure)
NHL First All-Star Team — 1966-67, 1970-71
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70
NHL All-Star Game — 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1966-67, 1968-69, 1970-71
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1968-69
Most career shutouts — 49
Most assists by a goaltender in one game (2 vs. Toronto on March 19, 1972, shares record with two others)
Most games played by a goaltender — 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70
Most minutes played by a goaltender — 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70
Most wins — 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69
Most shutouts — 1966-67, 1967-68, 1970-71
Most playoff games played by a goaltender — 1972
Most minutes played by a goaltender — 1972
Most playoff wins — 1972
RANGERS NO. 1 GOALTENDER (played majority of games)
1966-67 to 1973-74
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 7
Minor-league teams: Baltimore (AHL) 1965-66
Full Name: Edward Giacomin
Uniform Numbers: 23, 30, 1
Retired from NHL: 1978
If there was one Rangers player in the 1960s and 1970s who truly captured the imagination of Blueshirts fans, it was Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Giacomin, who received the organization`s ultimate tribute when his No. 1 sweater was retired in 1989.
Like Allan Stanley a generation before him, Giacomin arrived in New York in a major transaction involving the American Hockey League`s Providence Reds. To pry Giacomin away from Providence, where he had played for the better part of five years, the Rangers gave up four players, including former No. 1 goaltender Marcel Paille.
The big trade for Giacomin would prove to be more than worth it. Although it took him a full season to adjust to the NHL game, Giacomin hit his stride with a vengeance in 1966-67. He won 30 games that season to begin a four-year run of dominance rarely seen among goaltenders.
In the four full seasons from 1967 to 1971, Giacomin won a total of 138 games and registered a phenomenal 30 shutouts. He led the league in wins and shutouts in both 1966-67 and 1967-68.
Giacomin`s rising star coincided perfectly with the Rangers` return to glory in the late 1960s. After five straight years without a playoff berth, the Rangers made the postseason in each of Giacomin`s eight seasons as the team`s No. 1 goaltender. The best run came in 1972, when Giacomin led all NHL netminders with six playoff victories in taking the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston.
By the fall of 1975, however, a 36-year-old Giacomin could no longer compete with the up-and-coming Rangers netminders. He was placed on waivers and claimed by Detroit on Oct. 31. Two nights later, he was back at Madison Square Garden for a Nov. 2, 1975, game betwen the Rangers and Red Wings.
Giacomin`s return that night remains one of the greatest moments in MSG history, as Rangers fans showed their appreciation with thundering chants of "Ed-die, Ed-die" for the visting goaltender before the puck had even dropped. Giacomin went on to win that game 6-4, reminding all of the greatness he had shown for so many years.
During his career with the Rangers, Giacomin played in six NHL All-Star Games and shared the 1970-71 Vezina Trophy with Gilles Villemure for being the netminding tandem with the fewest goals against. He made five postseason All-Star teams and set the team`s career wins mark, which stood for many years until Mike Richter eclipsed it.
In recognition of Giacomin`s remarkable career, the Rangers organization retired his No. 1 on March 15, 1989, making him only the second player in franchise history to receive that honor.
º Retired Numbers
º Alumni Profile
º 2004 Rangers Alumni Honoree: Giacomin
º Hall of Fame Goalies
º Photographic Memory: Giacomin
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers in the Hall of Fame
º Rangers NHL Award Winners
º Rangers MVP Winners
º Boucher Trophy Winners
º Giacomin's Official Web Site