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Nov. 3, 1945 (Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Jan. 4, 1953 (Rangers at Boston Bruins)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1973
Hart Trophy — 1949-50
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51
NHL All-Star Game — 1949, 1950, 1951
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1945-46, 1946-47, 1948-49 (co-winner)
Most shutouts — 1946-47
RANGERS NO. 1 GoALTENDER (played majority of games)
1945-46 to 1946-47, 1948-49 to 1951-52
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 83
Minor-league teams: New Haven (AHL) 1947-48; Saskatoon (WHL) 1953-54
Nickname: Bonnie Prince Charles
Full name: Claude Earl Rayner
Uniform Numbers: 1
Retired from pro hockey: 1954
The demise of the Brooklyn Americans franchise during World War II turned out to be a boon to the Rangers, who were able to sign Americans goaltender Chuck Rayner in 1942 and then add Rayner to their roster after he completed his military service in 1945.
Rayner served in the Canadian Navy for three years during World War II and did not join the Rangers until he was 25 years old. Over the next seven years, he established himself as one of the team`s biggest stars.
Rayner`s most impressive NHL achievement came in 1950 when he won the Hart Trophy as the league`s MVP despite having a sub.-500 record. Were it not for Rayner, the Rangers would have likely missed qualifying for the playoffs, let alone advance all the way to the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals.
During his years in New York, Rayner played in three All-Star Games and was named to three postseason All-Star team. His career took a bad turn in February 1952 when he suffered a season-ending torn ligament in his left knee.
Rayner ultimately lost his starting job to another future Hall of Famer, Lorne Worsley, in 1953, but his reign at the Garden was one of the best career goaltending performances in Blueshirts history.
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