|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1978|
August 28, 1932 |
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Andrew James Bathgate (born August 28, 1932) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Andy Bathgate was a popular star player of the New York Rangers and also holds the honour of being declared the MVP of both the NHL and WHL. He started his professional career with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL in the 1952–53 season. He bounced between the Vancouver Canucks and the Rangers for two seasons before settling with the Rangers in 1954–55. He played 10 full seasons with the Rangers, where he became a popular player in New York as well as a top-tiered player in the NHL.
In December 1959, Bathgate authored a controversial complaint about a "bloodsport" tendency he felt was discrediting the game:
- "....Players in the old N.H.L. routinely tried to injure one another, and whether or not they stood up for teammates in such instances, it got so bad that in 1959 the Rangers’ Andy Bathgate was compelled to write an article for True magazine, headlined “Atrocities on Ice.” As this post from the blog Fellowship of Hockey relates, Bathgate’s article actually named the league’s guiltiest parties when it came to spearing: Montreal’s Doug Harvey and Tom Johnson, Boston’s Fern Flaman, Chicago’s Ted Lindsay and Pierre Pilote, and Lou Fontinato from Bathgate’s own Rangers. “None of them seems to care that he’ll be branded as a hockey killer,” Bathgate wrote — for which the N.H.L. fined him and installed a rule, still in force, prohibiting players from writing articles of this nature..."
Andy Bathgate's career was frustrated by the mediocre play of the Rangers and a nagging knee problem. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1963–64 season, where he immediately helped Toronto to a Stanley Cup championship, and later was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, where he helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1965–66. Bathgate was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, and after one season, he returned to the Canucks where he would help lead the team to two consecutive Lester Patrick Cup victories, in 1969 and 1970. His best professional year was with them, where he scored 108 points in 1969–70. That performance gave him the George Leader Cup, the top player award in the WHL. Andy Bathgate's final NHL year was with the Penguins in 1971; 1971–1972 he was playing coach for HC Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. He came briefly out of retirement three seasons later to play for the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA, which he had coached the previous season, but retired for good after 11 games.
Andy Bathgate won the Hart Memorial Trophy for the MVP of the NHL in 1958–59 after scoring 40 goals, which was no easy feat in that era. He is famous for contributing to one of the greatest innovations in NHL history. Renowned for the strength of his slapshot, during a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Bathgate shot the puck into the face of Jacques Plante, forcing Plante to receive stitches. When Plante returned to the ice, he was wearing a mask. That started a trend that continues to this day.
Bathgate currently owns and manages a 20-acre (81,000 m2) driving range in Mississauga, Ontario. During the winters he helps coach his grandson's hockey team. He has also stated that he is unlikely to play in any more old-timer's games, citing recent hip surgery. "Those old fellas get too serious. They'll start hooking you." 
The Rangers retired his #9 along with Harry Howell's #3 in a special ceremony before the February 22, 2009, match against the Maple Leafs. Bathgate joined Adam Graves, whose #9 had been hoisted to the Madison Square Garden rafters 19 nights earlier. Graves called Bathgate "the greatest Ranger to ever wear the #9".
His grandson and namesake, Andy Bathgate, born 26 February 1991, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. His rights were relinquished by the Penguins on May 31, 2011, making him eligible to re-enter the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, though he went undrafted. Bathgate was invited to the New York Rangers' 2012 prospect camp for a tryout, and is currently playing for HYC Herentals in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Awards and achievements
- Memorial Cup championship (1952)
- Hart Memorial Trophy Winner (1959)
- NHL First All-Star Team right wing (1959 and 1962)
- NHL Second All-Star Team right wing (1958 and 1963)
- Stanley Cup championship (1964)
- Lester Patrick Cup (WHL) championships (1969 and 1970)
- WHL MVP (1970)
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978
- In 1998, he was ranked number 58 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
- Selected to Manitoba's All-Century First All-Star Team
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993
- Sweater #9 retired by the New York Rangers on February 22, 2009
- Ranked No. 8 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
|1948-49||Winnipeg Black Hawks||MJHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1949-50||Guelph Biltmores||Memorial Cup||—||—||—||—||—||11||10||5||15||8|
|1951-52||Guelph Biltmores||Memorial Cup||—||—||—||—||—||12||8||12||20||21|
|1952–53||New York Rangers||NHL||18||0||1||1||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1953–54||New York Rangers||NHL||20||2||2||4||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1954–55||New York Rangers||NHL||70||20||20||40||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|1955–56||New York Rangers||NHL||70||19||47||66||59||5||1||2||3||2|
|1956–57||New York Rangers||NHL||70||27||50||77||60||5||2||0||2||27|
|1957–58||New York Rangers||NHL||65||30||48||78||42||6||5||3||8||6|
|1958–59||New York Rangers||NHL||70||40||48||88||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1959–60||New York Rangers||NHL||70||26||48||74||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||70||29||48||77||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1961–62||New York Rangers||NHL||70||28||56||84||44||6||1||2||3||4|
|1962–63||New York Rangers||NHL||70||35||46||81||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1963–64||New York Rangers||NHL||56||16||43||59||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1963–64||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||3||15||18||8||14||5||4||9||25|
|1964–65||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||16||29||45||34||6||1||0||1||6|
|1965–66||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||15||32||47||25||12||6||3||9||6|
|1966–67||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||60||8||23||31||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Vancouver Blazers||1973-74||59||21||37||1||(43)||5th in WHA West||Missed playoffs|
- Atrocities on Ice and the Good Old Days, by Jeff Z. Klein, New York Times, March 19, 2009
- White, Nancy J. (October 16, 2007). "With good health, 'you've got everything'". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
- David, Dan. "Bathgate, Howell come home to the rafters," newyorkrangers.com, Sunday, February 22, 2009.
- Dave Molinari (May 30, 2011). "Penguins relinquish rights to prospects Bathgate, Ekbom". postgazette.com.
- "2012 Prospect Development Camp Roster". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Ziegel, Vic (February 22, 2009). "Ranger greats Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell go up to Garden rafters". Daily News (New York).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andy Bathgate.|
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Andy Bathgate|
- Andy Bathgate's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Andy Bathgate's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Andy Bathgate's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Andy Bathgate’s biography at Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
- Anderson, Dave. "Two Rangers Sweaters Will Rise Where a Cup Banner Didn't," The New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 2009.
|New York Rangers captain
|Winner of the Hart Trophy
|Winner of the George Leader Cup