New York, July 15, 1999 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has learned that Jeff Beukeboom will be unable to resume his playing career due to a head injury.
Beukeboom, 34, appeared in 45 games last season with New York, registering nine assists prior to sustaining concussions on November 19 at Los Angeles and on February 12 vs. Carolina. He did not return to the Rangers lineup for the remainder of the season following the last injury.
In 804 career matches, Beukeboom amassed 30 goals and 129 assists for 159 points, along with 1890 penalty minutes with New York and Edmonton. He added three goals and 16 assists for 19 points, along with 197 penalty minutes in 99 career playoff outings.
During his eight-year career with the Rangers, the 6-5, 230-pound defenseman appeared in 520 games, totaling 18 goals and 72 assists for 90 points, along with 1157 penalty minutes. Beukeboom finishes his career ranking second on the Rangers’ all-time penalty minutes list (1157). In 70 post season games with New York, he collected two goals and 13 assists for 15 points, along with 147 penalty minutes. He was a member the Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup championship team. In 1996, Beukeboom was recognized by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association with the “Crumb Bum” Award for his work with New York area children.
The native of Ajax, Ontario was the Edmonton Oilers first selection, 19th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. With the Oilers, Beukeboom posted totals of 12 goals and 57 assists for 69 points and 733 penalty minutes from 1986 to 1991. In addition, he registered one goal and three assists in 29 playoff games with the Oilers. The backliner was also a member of three Stanley Cup teams while in Edmonton (1987, 1988 and 1990).
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