Rangers’ legendary front office executive announces retirement

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The New York Rangers’ top brass is undergoing a shakeup this offseason. Glen Sather, Senior Advisor to the Owner and Alternate Governor, announced his retirement on Wednesday morning, according to the team’s website.

Rangers: Glen Sather announces his retirement

Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather during media day before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A long-time NHL legend, Sather announced his retirement from the world of hockey, placing the bow on a Hall-of-Fame career. Sather announced his retirement in the following statement released through the Rangers’ official website:

“Having the opportunity to be associated with the National Hockey League, and specifically the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, has been one of the great privileges of my life,” Sather said. “I want to thank Jim Dolan for giving me the chance to work for the Rangers 24 years ago and for his consistent guidance and friendship. I want to thank everyone in the Rangers organization for their dedication and pursuit of excellence throughout the years, as well as the family atmosphere they helped create. I would also like to thank the great Rangers fans for their passion and loyalty. This experience is something I will always treasure.”

Sather is finishing a six-decade career in hockey as a player, head coach, and front-office executive. He joined the Blueshirts’ front office and was the team President for his first 19 years in the organization (2000-01 – 2018-19) and was the team’s General Manager for the first 14 seasons of his tenure with the Blueshirts (2000-01 – 2014-15).

Over the 14 seasons that Sather was Rangers General Manager, he earned more wins (556) and held the position for more games (1,114) than any general manager in franchise history, per the Rangers’ press release.

Sather was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, won five Stanley Cups as a general manager, and was also the head coach of his team for four of those five Stanley Cup Championships, making him one of only two people in hockey history who won at least four Stanley Cups as both a head coach and a general manager.

As the Blueshirts enter a crucial 2024 offseason, Sather’s expertise will be missed. But the lessons he’s passed down and the impact he made throughout his time with the organization will forever be cherished.

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