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Oct. 7, 1972 (Rangers at Detroit Red Wings)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 3, 1982 (Rangers at Hartford Whalers)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Calder Trophy — 1972-73
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1974-75
NHL All-Star Game — 1975, 1976
Most points in one game — 7 vs. Washington on Feb. 16, 1976
Highest single-season shooting percentage — 29.8 percent in 1979-80
Fastest playoff overtime goal — 33 seconds vs. Atlanta on April 8, 1980
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most goals — 1974-75
Most assists — 1975-76
Most playoff points — 1973 (tie), 1975 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1978 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 70
Minor-league teams: Omaha (CHL) 1971-72
Full name: Stephen James Vickers
Uniform Numbers: 8
Retired from NHL: 1982
A career Ranger, Steve Vickers was part of a core group of players that made the 1970s-era Blueshirts one of hockey`s most entertaining teams.
Vickers came to New York in the 1971 draft, and after a year of seasoning in the Central Hockey League, he burst into Rangers fans` consciousness by scoring 30 goals as a rookie in 1972-73. His remarkable performance earned him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year.
Everything about Vickers` rookie year went like clockwork. He scored in his first NHL game on Oct. 7, 1972, at Detroit, and one month later became the first NHL player (rookie or otherwise) to score back-to-back hat tricks. He did it in home games against Los Angeles and Philadelphia on Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, 1972.
One of the secrets to Vickers` early success was his placement on the Rangers` Bulldog line with center Walt Tkaczuk and right wing Bill Fairbairn. Vickers stepped into the Bulldog Line`s left wing role previously held by Dave Balon and didn`t miss a beat. He scored 30 or more goals in each of his first four NHL seasons and had a career-high 41 goals in 1974-75.
Vickers` 1974-75 season led to NHL Second All-Star Team honors and gained him a berth in the first of two All-Star Games. The following year, he had one of the greatest individual performances in Rangers history, when he set the team record of seven points in one game on Feb. 18, 1976. That effort, which included three goals and four assists, gave him possession of one of the longest-standing Rangers records.
There were two major highlights in the final years of Vickers` 10 seasons with the Rangers. In 1979, he played on the Blueshirts team that bounced the Islanders from the playoffs on its way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The following year, 1979-80, he scored 29 goals to set an NHL and Rangers record with a 29.6 percent scoring percentage.
º Alumni Profile
º Photographic Memory: Steve Vickers
º Vickers` Record Stands Test of Time
º Ranger Greats Look Back on Draft Day
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Rangers NHL Award Winners
º Rangers Career Leaders
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs