Glen Sather Named President and General Manager of the New York Rangers
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Madison Square Garden President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Checketts announced today that Hall of Fame executive Glen Sather has been named President and General Manager of the New York Rangers. Sather becomes the franchise's 12th President and 10th General Manager in club history.
Sather, who spent parts of three seasons with the Rangers as a player from 1970 - 1974, joins the club following a 24-year career with the Edmonton Oilers, where he was the architect of five Stanley Cup Championships between 1984 and 1990. One of the most respected executives in the National Hockey League, Sather is the league's second longest tenured general manager, serving 22 years, all with Edmonton. On September 9, 1997, Sather was honored for his tremendous achievements by becoming the first member of the Oilers organization to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Under his administration, the Oilers posted a 791-660-215 record in 1666 regular season games (.539 winning percentage), capturing three President's Trophies, six division titles and six conference championships. In Stanley Cup playoff action, Sather's teams compiled a 133-82 record in 215 games (.619 winning percentage).
Sather's management experience also carries to the international arena. Most recently, he served as Team Canada's General Manager and Coach for the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He also guided Team Canada's 1994 Canada Cup championship and was the General Manager of the gold medal-winning team in the 1994 World Hockey Championships.
Upon his retirement as a player following the 1976-77 season, Sather immediately joined the coaching ranks, guiding the Edmonton Oilers to 12 straight WHA and NHL playoff appearances, four Stanley Cup championships and five Stanley Cup Final appearances between 1977 and 1989. Sather added the title of General Manager on June 15, 1979, and was named the team's President prior to the 1982-83 season. He relinquished his coaching duties on June 12, 1989, but returned behind the bench for the remainder of the 1993-94 after relieving Ted Green of his duties in November of that season.
In 842 NHL regular season games as a coach, he compiled a record of 464-268-110 (.551 winning percentage), ranking seventh on the NHL's all-time coaching list with 464 victories. In 126 Stanley Cup playoff games, Sather posted a coaching record of 89-37 (.706 winning percentage), ranking fourth on the all-time list for playoff wins with 89. He received the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's Coach-of-the-Year in 1985-86 and is one of only six coaches to coach in five-or-more NHL All-Star Games.
The native of High River, Alberta was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins from the Detroit Red Wings, making his National Hockey League debut with the Bruins in 1966-67. He tallied 80 goals and 113 assists for 193 points in 658 NHL games, along with 724 penalty minutes over his 10-year career with Boston, Pittsburgh, New York, St. Louis, Montreal and Minnesota. As a member of the Rangers from 1970-71 through 1973-74, Sather appeared in 188 games, registering 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, along with 193 penalty minutes.
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