**COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK RANGERS**
Rangers legend Andy Bathgate passed away at the age of 83 Friday, Feb. 22. Bathgate played 719 games for the Blueshirts from 1952-1964, scoring 272 goals, 447 assists and 729 points and served as the 11th captain in team history. The Rangers retired his No. 9 on Feb. 22, 2009.
STATEMENT FROM GLEN SATHER ON THE PASSING OF ANDY BATHGATE
NEW YORK, February 26, 2016 – Today the New York Rangers and the hockey world lost a beloved and cherished member of its community with the passing of our Legendary Blueshirt, Andy Bathgate. Andy’s Hall of Fame career and many tremendous accomplishments place him among the greatest players who have ever worn a Rangers jersey. Those fortunate enough to have known him fondly remember how he always carried himself with the utmost class and dignity. The entire Rangers organization sends our most heartfelt condolences to Andy’s wife Merle and the Bathgate family.
STATEMENT FROM ROD GILBERT ON THE PASSING OF ANDY BATHGATE
NEW YORK, February 26, 2016 – Andy set the bar for what it means to be a Ranger. He was a true innovator of the game and my idol. As a young player, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play with him and learn from him. He was class personified, on and off the ice. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Rangers organization and throughout the hockey world.