New York Rangers All-Time Roster

Seasons with Rangers: 14 (1968-1981)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 945
Playoff Games with Rangers: 93

Acquired
Scouted and signed by Rangers as a free agent in 1963.

Departed
Retired from NHL following 1980-81 season.

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NYR - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1967-1968 Rangers 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1968-1969 Rangers 71 12 24 36 -11 28 0 0 1 130 9.2
1969-1970 Rangers 76 27 50 77 26 38 5 0 2 203 13.3
1970-1971 Rangers 77 26 49 75 18 48 5 1 4 212 12.3
1971-1972 Rangers 76 24 42 66 34 65 3 2 2 231 10.4
1972-1973 Rangers 76 27 39 66 35 59 6 1 7 264 10.2
1973-1974 Rangers 71 21 42 63 15 58 3 3 0 218 9.6
1974-1975 Rangers 62 11 25 36 1 34 2 0 1 134 8.2
1975-1976 Rangers 78 8 28 36 -10 56 1 0 1 142 5.6
1976-1977 Rangers 80 12 38 50 11 38 1 1 0 139 8.6
1977-1978 Rangers 80 26 40 66 15 30 6 1 3 144 18.1
1978-1979 Rangers 77 15 27 42 20 38 4 0 0 134 11.2
1979-1980 Rangers 76 12 25 37 19 36 4 2 2 128 9.4
1980-1981 Rangers 43 6 22 28 13 28 1 0 0 67 9.0
Team Totals: 945 227 451 678 185 556 41 11 23 2,146 10.6
NYR - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1968-1969 Rangers 4 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
1969-1970 Rangers 6 2 1 3 17 1 0 0
1970-1971 Rangers 13 1 5 6 14 0 0 1
1971-1972 Rangers 16 4 6 10 35 0 0 2
1972-1973 Rangers 10 7 2 9 8 1 0 1
1973-1974 Rangers 13 0 5 5 22 0 0 0
1974-1975 Rangers 3 1 2 3 5 0 0 0
1977-1978 Rangers 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1978-1979 Rangers 18 4 7 11 10 0 1 0
1979-1980 Rangers 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Team Totals: 93 19 32 51 119 2 1 4
 Bio/News
RANGERS DEBUT
Jan. 24, 1968 (Rangers vs. Boston Bruins)

FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Feb. 2, 1981 (Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings)

RANGERS CAPTAIN
Dec. 7, 1980 to Feb. 3, 1981

MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1970

RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1969-70
Players` Player Award — 1972-73
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1969-70

RANGERS RECORDS
Most assists in one game — 5 at Pittsburgh on Feb. 12, 1972 (shares record with three others)
Most assists by a rookie in one game — 4 vs. Chicago on Feb. 26, 1969 (shares record with three others)

RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1969-70, 1970-71
Most assists — 1969-70, 1970-71
Most playoff points — 1973 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1973

RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 180
Minor-league teams: Kitchener (OHA) 1963-1968; Omaha (CHL) 1967 playoffs; Buffalo (AHL) 1968-69

MISCELLANEOUS
Full Name: Walter Robert Tkaczuk
Uniform Numbers: 18
Retired from NHL: 1981

BIOGRAPHY
Few players symbolized the Rangers` transition from the Original Six era to the booming age of NHL expansion like Walter Tkaczuk, a crafty center who spent a remarkable 13 full seasons with the Blueshirts.

Although he actually entered the NHL after the first major expansion in 1967, Tkaczuk was with the Rangers as the league grew from 12 to 21 teams. By the time he retired, due to an eye injury at age 33, he ranked third on the Rangers` career games-played list. His 945 games still put him in the top five.

From the moment he joined the Rangers organization as a 16-year-old junior player, Tkaczuk was viewed as a cornerstone of the team`s future. By 1968 he had made the team as a regular, and he went on to have his two best NHL seasons in his second and third year with the team.

In 1969-70, Tkaczuk was the Rangers` top offensive weapon, setting up 50 goals en route to a career-high 77 points. Winner of the Rangers MVP award that season, Tkaczuk continued his torrid scoring pace in 1970-71, adding 49 assists and 75 points.

At a time when the GAG Line was lighting up the scoresheets for the Rangers, Tkaczuk gave the team another threat in centering the famous Bulldog Line. But Tkaczuk wasn`t just about passing. He could also put the puck in the net — as was evidenced by his five straight 20-goal seasons from 1969-70 to 1973-74 and his remarkable seven-goal performance in 10 playoff games in 1973.

A career Ranger, Tkaczuk ranks second to Rod Gilbert in total games played by a player who never played for another NHL team.

RELATED CONTENT

º Alumni Profile
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers Captains
º Rangers MVP Winners
º Players` Player Award Winners
º Boucher Trophy Winners
º Rangers All-Time Scoring Leaders
º Rangers Career Leaders
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Finals


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