The Rangers have announced that Vic Hadfield's #11 will be retired on December 2nd against Winnipeg.
Rangers President Glen Sather said in a release, "As a player, Vic Hadfield embodied the heart, soul, and determination of a New York Ranger," Sather said. "His willingness to contribute in any way necessary to help the Rangers win earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and fans alike. It is only fitting that Vic takes his rightful place alongside the Rangers legends in the rafters of Madison Square Garden."
From the Rangers release:
- Hadfield will join Rod Gilbert (7), Ed Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), Mark Messier (11), Brian Leetch (2), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9), Harry Howell (3), and Jean Ratelle (19) as the only Rangers whose jersey numbers have been retired by the organization.
- Hadfield was named the 14th captain in franchise history on June 9, 1971, and he served as the team's captain for the final three seasons of his tenure with the Rangers (1971-72 - 1973-74).
- Hadfield reached the 50-goal plateau on the final day of the regular season, recording the goal at the 14:46 mark of the third period on April 2, 1972 against Montreal at MSG. Hadfield, along with his linemates on the Rangers' Goal-A-Game Line (G-A-G Line), center Jean Ratelle and right wing Rod Gilbert, became the first linemates to all register 40 or more goals in the same season in NHL history.
- During his tenure with the Rangers, Hadfield represented the team in the NHL All-Star Game twice (1965 and 1972). In addition to becoming the first player to score 50 goals in a season in franchise history, he also established single-season franchise records for power play goals (23 - 1971-72), power play points (34 - 1971-72), and shots on goal (321 - 1968-69).
- In 1971-72, Hadfield was named the recipient of the Players' Player Award, which is given annually to the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, "best exemplifies what it means to be a team player".