1980–81 New York Rangers season

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1980–81 New York Rangers
Division 4th Patrick
Conference T-7th Campbell
1980–81 record 30–36–14
Goals for 312
Goals against 317
Team information
General Manager Fred Shero
Craig Patrick
Coach Fred Shero
Craig Patrick
Captain Walt Tkaczuk
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Ed Johnstone/Anders Hedberg (30)
Assists Ron Greschner (41)
Points Anders Hedberg (70)
Penalties in minutes Barry Beck (231)
Wins Doug Soetaert (16)
Goals against average Steve Weeks (2.00)
<1979–80 1981–82>

The 1980–81 New York Rangers season was the 55th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). In the regular season, the Rangers finished in fourth place in the Patrick Division with 74 points and earned a berth in the playoffs. New York won series with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues to reach the NHL semi-finals, where the team was defeated by the New York Islanders in a four-game sweep.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Fred Shero, citing a drinking problem, chose to resign as coach. Craig Patrick, the Rangers' director of operations, replaced him. Craig Patrick became the third generation of the Patrick family to coach the Rangers, after Lester Patrick, Lynn Patrick and Muzz Patrick.[2]

Halfway through the season, veteran Phil Esposito decided to retire. He retired after 18 seasons, the last six with the Rangers. He finished his career with 717 goals and 1,590 points.[3]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

[4]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1980-81 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

1981 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 39 2320 16 16 7 152 3.93 0
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 21 1260 10 6 5 73 3.48 2
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 10 560 1 7 1 48 5.14 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 10 600 3 6 1 34 3.40 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 1 60 0 1 0 2 2.00 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SO
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 14 826 7 7 55 4.00 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 1 14 0 0 1 4.29 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.

[5]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Montreal Forum.[6][7]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 14 Jim Malone F  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
2 35 Mike Allison RW  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
4 77 Kurt Kleinendorst C  United States Providence College (NCAA)
5 98 Scot Kleinendorst D  United States Providence College (NCAA)
6 119 Reijo Ruotsalainen D  Finland Karpat (SM-liiga)
7 140 Bob Scurfield C  Canada Western Michigan University (NCAA)
8 161 Bart Wilson D  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
9 182 Chris Wray RW  United States Boston College (NCAA)
10 203 Anders Backstrom D  Sweden Brynas (Elitserien)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980–81 New York Rangers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, p. 204
  3. ^ McFarlane, p. 205
  4. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  5. ^ "1980-81 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  6. ^ "1980 NHL Entry Draft". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  7. ^ "NHL Draft History". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • McFarlane, Brian (1989). One hundred years of hockey. Toronto, Ontario: Deneau Publishers. ISBN 0-88879-216-6. 

External links[edit]