The New York Rangers last night announced they would be wearing a memorial patch this season to honour the life of Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert.
Gilbert, who died in August at the age of 80, spent his entire 18-year NHL career with the Rangers, scoring 1021 points and 406 goals over 1065 games played between 1960 and 1978. He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
The memorial patch, which débuted during the Rangers’ season opener last night at Washington, will be worn on each player’s left shoulder, the design includes Gilbert’s retired number 7 in blue Rangers style with his autograph overlaid placed within a blue and white circle and “MR. RANGER” arched above.
It is the first time (as far as I can tell, anyways) that the New York Rangers have worn a memorial patch on their jersey for a former player.
The New York Rangers plan to further honour Gilbert’s legacy tonight when they play their home opener with a pre-game remembrance.