The New York Rangers announced Thursday they will honor Rod Gilbert throughout the 2021-2022 season.
On Oct. 14, the Rangers open the season against the Dallas Stars and it’s the 42nd anniversary of the night Gilbert’s No. 7 was the first number retired by the Rangers. The Rangers will wear the white warm-up jerseys worn in the 1960s and 1970s with Gilbert’s name and the No. 7 on the back during pregame warmups, and each Rangers player will sign the jersey they wore, which will be auctioned to support the Garden of Dreams Foundation, one of the many charities Gilbert supported.
In addition, the Rangers will wear a No. 7 patch on their jerseys throughout the season, and later in the season will present the first annual Rod Gilbert Mr. Ranger Award to the Rangers player “who best honors Rod’s legacy by exemplifying leadership qualities both on and off the ice, and making a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”
Gilbert, known as Mr. Ranger, died Aug. 19 at the age of 80. His Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 8 at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Manhattan.