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Oct. 11, 1984 (Rangers vs. Hartford Whalers)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Jan. 18, 1990 (Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Rookie Team — 1984-85
NHL All-Star Game — 1988
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1984-85
Most hat tricks in one season — 4 in 1986-87
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE IN RANGERS ORGANIZATION
1983 World Junior Championships in USSR
1984 World Junior Championships in Sweden
1984 Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 Canada Cup
1985 World Championships in Czechoslovakia
1987 NHL vs. Soviets Rendez-Vous Series
1987 World Championships in Austria
1989 World championships in Sweden
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1988-89
Most goals — 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87 (tie)
Most assists — 1988-89
Most playoff points — 1989 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1989 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1989 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Uniform Numbers: 28
Retired from pro hockey: 2002
One of NHL history`s all-time great Swedish players, Tomas Sandstrom was drafted by the Rangers in the second round, 36th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Signing with the Blueshirts at age 20, the highly skilled right wing spent his first six NHL seasons in New York, winning numerous awards and honors from the team and around the league.
In a sign of things to come, Sandstrom’s career got of to a flying start when he scored in his first NHL game at 18:51 of the third period to give the Rangers a 4-4 tie with the Hartford Whalers in 1984-85 season-opener. He was named the team’s MVP that year, scoring 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points and 51 penalty minutes in 74 games. He was also named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team, becoming the first Rangers player to earn that honor.
Despite battling numerous injuries in his sophomore campaign, Sandstrom still managed to reach the 50-point plateau. Fully healthy by the spring, he was a force for the Blueshirts in the postseason, tallying 4 goals and 6 assists for ten points in 16 games.
Sandstrom recorded his first 40-goal season in 1986-87. In the process, he set a Rangers record with four hat-tricks and lead the team in goals for the third consecutive year.
Sandstrom represented the Rangers in the Rendez-Vous `87 showdown with the Soviets, but broke his right ankle in Game 1 after being hit by Andrei Khomutov. He did not return to action until early March, missing approximately a month of the season.
In what was possibly his finest season in the NHL, Sandstrom recorded 32 goals and a career high 56 assists for 88 points in 1988-89. His 56 assists led the team during the regular season, and despite his team`s first-round defeat in the playoffs, he tied for the Rangers lead in goals (3), assists (2), and points(5)
Midway through the 1989-90 season, Sandstrom was traded with Tony Granato to Los Angeles for Bernie Nicholls. Sandstrom would go on to play for four more teams, including being an All-Star and reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with Los Angeles.
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