Rangers Claim Defenseman Rich Pilon on Waivers from the Islanders
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has claimed defenseman Rich Pilon on waivers from the New York Islanders.
Pilon, 31, has collected two assists and 34 penalty minutes in nine matches with the Islanders this season. Currently in his 12th NHL season, he has tallied six goals and 54 assists for 60 points, along with 1525 penalty minutes in 509 career NHL games with the Islanders. Pilon ranks second on the Islanders' all-time penlty minutes list with 1525 and has led the club in penalty minutes in two of the last three campaigns. He was the recipient of the 1998 Bob Nystrom Award, presented to the Islanders player "who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication."
Prior to his professional career, the 6-0, 205 pound defenseman spent two seasons with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League, collecting 17 goals and 55 assists for 72 points, along with 369 penalty minutes in 133 contests. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was the Islanders' ninth choice (seventh round), 143rd overall, in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.