The following are statements from Glen Sather and Adam Graves regarding the death of Rangers legend Rod Gilbert:
"I am devastated to learn of the passing of my dear friend, Rod Gilbert. In all of the years I knew Rod, first as a teammate and then as an executive, the affection he had for his adopted city never wavered. He loved to call New York home, and the people of New York loved to call him theirs. He always cared about how he could help people, and that transcended all of his on-ice achievements. I am proud and fortunate, like so many others, to have called Rod a friend. His legacy will live on through all of the people he inspired."
"There are no words that can adequately express how much Rod Gilbert has meant to me, the entire New York Rangers organization, the people of New York, and the game of hockey. When I first arrived in New York in 1991, Rod was one of the first people I met. His passion for the Rangers was evident immediately, and he instantly welcomed me into the Rangers family. His extensive work in the community with countless organizations was always a source of inspiration for me. He provided everyone with the example of what it means to be a Ranger. It was a privilege to know Rod. He will be dearly missed."