New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather
announced today that former Ranger Adam Graves
will return to the organization as Special Assistant, Prospect Development and Community Relations. In this multi-faceted capacity, Graves will work with the club's hockey personnel to advance the development of Rangers prospects, while also assisting in the organization in its' many community outreach and fan development programs.
"There is no better person to play such an essential role in the Rangers organization than Adam Graves," stated Sather. "Both on and off the ice, Adam is a true professional and exemplifies all the characteristics of what it means to be a Ranger. His sense of responsibility to his teammates, the game, fans and the community is unparalleled and will be essential in this new capacity."
In returning to the Rangers family, Graves will take on an integral role in strengthening the bond between the team and its fans. Through programs developed by the club's Fan Development, Marketing and Public Relations divisions, he will be involved in nurturing a broader audience of Rangers fans. Along with the continued efforts of Rangers legend and Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert
, Graves will be essential in re-launching and revitalizing the game throughout the Tri-State area.
On the player development side, Graves will assist the team's hockey management personnel on several fronts throughout the course of the season. He will be a presence at the Rangers prospect development camp, main training camp and the NHL Draft, as well as spending a considerable amount of time visiting with team prospects throughout the course of the regular season.
"As I rejoin this organization, I feel that same special pride as I did when I became a Ranger in September of 1991. It feels like I've come home," said Graves. "I look forward to working alongside Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert to make a difference in the community, and assisting the hockey staff in cultivating the next generation of Rangers players."
Extremely active in the community both during and after his playing career, Adam was recognized by the NHL with its King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1994, presented annually to the NHL player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions to his community". In 2000, he was honored with the NHL Player Foundation award, "recognizing the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perserverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community". Graves added his name to the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2001, a award given annually by the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA) to the "NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
During his 10-year playing career with the Rangers, he worked tirelessly in the greater metropolitan area with such charitable organizations as Family Dynamics; Toys for Tots; Muscular Dystrophy Association; Dime Hometown Heroes; Big Brothers/Big Sisters. As a result of all of his extensive civic efforts, Graves was also recognized with honors from countless organizations and publications, including USA Weekend's "Most Caring Athlete" Award, Sports Illustrated for Kids' "Good Sport" Award and The Sporting News' "Good Guy" Award.
As a Ranger, Graves collected 280 goals and 227 assists for 507 points, along with 810 penalty minutes in 772 games. He ranks third among all Rangers goal scorers with 280 and 10th on the club's all-time scoring list with 507 points. He established the Rangers single season record for most goals during the 1993-94 campaign, tallying 52, breaking Vic Hadfield's 22-year old club record of 50. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, capturing titles with the 1989-1990 Edmonton Oilers and the 1993-94 Rangers, Graves represented the Rangers at the 1994 NHL All-Star Game and was selected as a NHL Second Team All-Star in 1994.
In addition, he received numerous Rangers' team awards, including the Most Valuable Player (1993, 1994), Player's Player (1992, 1993, 1995, 1999), Ceil Saidel Memorial Award (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Steven McDonald Award (1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000), Good Guy Award (1993), Frank Boucher Trophy (1994), Crumb Bum Award (1993).
The native of Toronto, Ontario was signed by New York as a group one free agent on September 3, 1991. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Over his 16-year NHL career, the left winger notched 1,152 career games with the Red Wings, Oilers, San Jose Sharks and the Rangers, registering 329 goals and 287 assists for 616 points, along with 1,224 penalty minutes.More Adam Graves FeaturesAlumni Spotlight: Adam Graves
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