New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that he will retain the head coaching duties of the hockey team that he assumed on January 30, 2003.
"After talking to a number of coaching candidates, I feel most comfortable remaining behind the bench next season," said Sather. "I am optimistic and have every expectation that the upcoming season will be successful for the New York Rangers and our fans."
Sather became the 31st head coach in franchise history on January 30, after relieving Bryan Trottier of his duties. In 28 contests behind the Rangers bench last season, Sather posted an 11-10-4-3 record. This marks the third NHL coaching stint of his professional career, following two separate coaching runs with the Edmonton Oilers (1979-80 through 1988-89 and 1993-94).
"Glen's record stands among the elite coaches in the history of the NHL and our organization is very fortunate to have him remain in this role," said James L. Dolan, chairman of Madison Square Garden and president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation. "He is a great leader who has all the qualities the Rangers need to succeed and we look forward to the upcoming season."
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 Finals 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 campaign after relieving Ted Green in November of that season.
In 870 NHL regular season games as head coach, Sather has compiled a record of 475-281-114 (.611 winning percentage), ranking ninth on the NHL's all-time coaching list with 475 victories and fourth with a .611 winning percentage (minimum 500 games coached). In 127 Stanley Cup playoff games, Sather posted a record of 89-37-1 (.706 winning percentage), ranking fifth on the all-time list for playoff wins with 89 and first with a .706 playoff winning percentage. 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.
Sather joined the Rangers on June 1, 2000, following a 24-year career with the Edmonton Oilers, where he led the Oilers to five Stanley Cup Championships between 1984 and 1990. During his tenure with the Oilers, the club posted a 791-660-215 record in 1,666 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), leading to the club's five Stanley Cup titles. His achievements were recognized and honored on September 9, 1997 when he became the first member of the Edmonton Oilers organization to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Sather's management and coaching experience and success also carries over to the international arena. 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.
A native of High River, Alberta, Sather played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars. In 658 NHL regular season games, the feisty winger would register 80 goals and 113 assists for 193 points, along with 724 penalty minutes.
As a member of the New York Rangers from 1970 through 1974, Sather appeared in 188 regular season games, registering 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, along with 193 penalty minutes. In addition, he was a member of the 1971-72 Rangers club which advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.More Info:Official transcript of conference call following announcement >>