Andy Bathgate | 1952-1964 - No. 9 Retired on February 22, 2009
Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate did it all for the Rangers in a remarkable 12-year span that saw him captain the team, win the NHL's Hart Trophy as League MVP, play in eight NHL All-Star Games and tie for the League scoring lead.
In 1,069 career games, he recorded 349 goals and 624 assists for 973 points in 17 NHL seasons.
Bathgate joined the organization as a 17-year-old in 1949 and got his first call-up to the Rangers early in the 1952-53 season. The four-time Rangers MVP led the team in scoring eight times, with his finest season coming in 1958-59 when he became the first Rangers player to net 40 goals in a single season and was awarded the Hart Trophy as the League's MVP.
A two-time NHL First Team All-Star and a two-time NHL Second Team All-Star, Bathgate tied for the NHL scoring title during the 1961-62 season, only to lose the Art Ross Trophy to Bobby Hull because he had fewer goals.
Named the team captain in 1961, Bathgate helped the Rangers snap a four-year playoff drought that season. He remained captain until he left the Rangers on Feb. 22, 1964 as the owner of every major team scoring record. His record-setting stretch of goals in 10 consecutive games during the 1962-63 campaign still stands today, as Bathgate's legacy as one of the greatest Blueshirts of all time lives on.