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Introducing Vic Hadfield

Victor Edward Hadfield was born October 4, 1940 in Oakville, Ontario. He is one of the most legendary players in New York Rangers history. Hadfield played 1,002 games in his 16 year NHL career, scoring 323 goals and adding 389 assists.

Hadfield played all of his minor hockey in Oakville. He was signed by the Chicago Black Hawks and played with their junior team, St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey League, averaging 1 point per game during the regular season and playoffs, and winning the Memorial Cup championship.

He was then assigned to the Buffalo Bisons, Chicago's AHL farm team the following season. Left unprotected, he was claimed by the New York Rangers in the intra-league draft.

Hadfield became a member of the New York Rangers' legendary GAG (Goal A Game) line. He became the first Ranger and only the sixth NHL player to score 50 goals in a single season in 1971/1972, making it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years, losing to Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins.

With 262 goals, he is the highest-scoring left-wing in New York Rangers history and the only left-winger in team history to score 100 points in one season. Throughout his Ranger career, Hadfield was known not only for his scoring ability, but for his dressing room leadership, an acute sense of humor at all times and for his overwhelming tendency of sticking up for his teammates. "He was the glue that kept the Rangers together, a great captain and a great team man," said Francis. "He never complained, always stressed the positive and always played through injuries."

Hadfield was traded in 1974 to the Pittsburgh Penguins scoring thirty goals in each of his two seasons. He sustained a knee injury towards the end of the 1975–76 season which forced his retirement.

In 2009, Hadfield was ranked No. 20 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).

Hadfield now owns the Vic Hadfield Golf & Learning Centre in Oakville.


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