NEW YORK (AP) -John Halligan, who spent a life in hockey working to publicize the New York Rangers and the NHL, died Wednesday. He was 68.
Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL has lost a dear friend, and that Halligan told the game's stories with humor and respect for history.
Halligan won the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for his contributions to the game.
According to the league, Halligan joined the Rangers shortly after graduating from Fordham in 1963. With a shoestring staff, he tried to get as many stories on the team as possible into city newspapers.
Halligan left the Rangers to work for the league in 1983, but returned to spend 1986-1990 with the Rangers before returning to the NHL until his retirement in 2006.