The Madison Square Garden Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan announced today that Rangers President Glen Sather is transitioning from his current role to become Senior Advisor to the owner and alternate governor. The organization will begin an immediate search for a new President, with Jeff Gorton continuing in his current role as the team's General Manager.
"I want to thank Jim Dolan for a great partnership working together over the last 19 years, and to everyone in the Rangers organization. It has been a privilege to represent New York and our great fans," said Mr. Sather. "I truly believe the team is headed in the right direction and think the future is bright. I look forward to transitioning to a different role and continuing to play a part in building the next Rangers Stanley Cup contender."
"Since he first joined the Rangers 19 years ago, Glen Sather has been singularly focused on delivering our fans a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup," said Mr. Dolan. "In doing so, Glen has become one of the most successful executives in Rangers history, and his current strategy has set the team on the right path to achieve our ultimate goal. Glen and I will work closely together to identify his successor. We thank Glen for his dedication to the Rangers, and to all of hockey, and look forward to his continued contributions to our team in his advisory role."
Sather joined the Rangers on June 1, 2000, when he was named the 12th President and 10th General Manager in franchise history. During his tenure as the team's President and General Manager, he oversaw one of the most successful eras in franchise history. In 14 seasons as the Rangers' General Manager (2000-01 - 2014-15), Sather earned more wins than any General Manager in franchise history (556).
Over a 12-season span from 2005-06 - 2016-17, the Rangers were one of four NHL teams that reached the playoffs 11 times. New York played in more playoff games than any NHL team over a six-year stretch from 2011-12 - 2016-17 (93) and was the only NHL team that won at least one playoff series in five of those six seasons. During this stretch, the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14, won the Presidents' Trophy for having the best regular season record in the NHL in 2014-15, were Division Champions twice (Atlantic Division Champions in 2011-12 and Metropolitan Division Champions in 2014-15), and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final three times (2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15).
At the time Sather named Gorton the Rangers' General Manager on July 1, 2015, Sather had served as a General Manager in the NHL for more regular season games (2,700) and had earned more regular season wins (1,319) than any other General Manager in league history. He was selected as a finalist for the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award during his final season in the role in 2014-15, as the team he assembled established single-season Rangers records for wins (53) and points (113).
In addition, Sather served as a Head Coach in 932 NHL regular season games, compiling a record of 497-307-121-7 (.602 points percentage). In 126 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Sather posted a record of 89-37. He is tied for seventh on the all-time list for playoff wins and ranks first all-time with a .706 winning percentage in the playoffs. Sather received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year in 1985-86.
Over 42 years as a front office executive, Sather helped his teams capture five Stanley Cup Championships. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 in the Builders category.