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Oct. 9, 1986 (Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 3, 1988 (Rangers vs. Quebec Nordiques)
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1986-87
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1986-87
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1986-87, 1987-88
Most goals — 1986-87 (tie), 1987-88
Most assists — 1986-87
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Full name: Walter Michael Poddubny
Uniform Numbers: 8
Retired from NHL: 1992
Of all the players who have spent only one or two years with the Rangers, perhaps none had as big an impact as Walt Poddubny, who joins Wayne Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr as the only players to lead the team in both goals and points in each of his seasons in New York.
Poddubny came to the Rangers in an August 1986 trade with Toronto. Then age 26, he had never scored more than 28 goals or 59 points in an NHL season and had been plagued by injuries for much of his career.
With the Rangers, however, Poddubny was clearly at home. Despite missing five games with a hip injury and a concussion, he erupted for a career-high 40 goals and 87 points in 1986-87 to win the team MVP award and Frank Boucher Trophy. His 87 points were the most by a Rangers player in five years.
Poddubny wasn`t content to rest on the laurels of one great season. He followed up his first year in New York with 50 assists and 88 points, both career highs, in 1987-88. Unfortunately, the Rangers missed the playoffs that season, and Poddubny was traded to Quebec in an off-season deal that brought much-needed defensive help in Normand Rochefort.
In 152 career games with the Rangers, Poddubny scored a remarkable 175 points, giving him one of the highest point-per-game averages of any player in franchise history.
º Rangers MVP Winners
º Boucher Trophy Winners
º Rangers Single-Season Leaders