New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the organization has signed Hartford Wolf Pack captain Ken Gernander to a new contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
"I think it goes without saying that Ken is the heart and soul of the Hartford Wolf Pack," Sather said. "His work ethic on and off the ice is exactly the type of example that we want our young players to follow. We feel fortunate to have benefited from his leadership for so many seasons."
Gernander, 33, completed his eleventh season of professional hockey in 2001-02, notching 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points, along with 19 penalty minutes in 75 games. He tied for first in the AHL with eight game-winning goals and finished tied for third on the Wolf Pack with a plus-13 rating. In Calder Cup playoff action, Gernander recorded one goal and three assists for four points, along with four penalty minutes in 10 post-season contests.
The only captain in franchise history, Gernander is also the only skater to play for the Pack for the entirety of each of its’ five seasons. He has skated in 384 career contests with Hartford, registering 126 goals and 141 assists for 267 points, along with 140 penalty minutes. Gernander is the Wolf Pack's all-time leader in games-played with 384 games and ranks third on the club’s all-time scoring list with 267 points. He has served as captain of the Rangers top development team for the past seven campaigns, beginning with the 1995-96 Binghamton Rangers. Gernander was also a key member of the Wolf Pack’s 2000 Calder Cup championship team, appearing in all 23 post-season contests for the club and recording five goals and five assists for 10 points.
The 5-11, 180-pound forward has participated in three AHL All-Star Classics (1996, 1999 and 2000), captaining the PlanetUSA team in 1999. Gernander received the AHL's Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award in 1996, given annually for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, he also skated with the AHL’s Moncton Hawks and Binghamton Rangers and the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets, collecting 140 goals and 150 assists for 290 points, along with 135 penalty minutes in 387 matches.
The upcoming season will mark Gernander’s ninth with the parent New York Rangers organization, which originally signed him as a free agent July 4, 1994. He has skated in 10 career contests with the Rangers, collecting two goals and three assists for five points. Gernander also appeared in 15 playoff games for New York during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 post-seasons.
The Coleraine, Minnesota native was originally the Winnipeg Jets fourth selection, 96th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.