The organization announced Sunday that Rod Gilbert, the Montreal-born Hall of Fame forward and adopted son of New York affectionately known as Mr. Ranger, had died.
Rodrigue Gabriel Gilbert was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who spent his whole career with the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers (NHL).
Rod Gilbert was 80 years old and his wife Judith Christy is around 64-66 years old.
The couple has 3 children named Chantal, Justin, Holly, and Brooke. They have also 7 grandchildren named Arielle, Owen, Kaya, Jordyn, Lila, Logan, and Damon.
Rod Gilbert And Judith Christy
Gilbert married Judith Christy in a ceremony presided over by New York mayor David Dinkins in 1991.
Gilbert was born in Montreal, grew up as a Canadiens fan. Gilbert slipped on some debris scattered on the ice and crashed back into the boards while playing junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters of the OHA in 1960, shattering a vertebra in his back and momentarily crippling him.
Gilbert’s corrective operation went wrong, causing blood in his leg, which doctors feared would necessitate amputation, but he recovered.
Gilbert gained the nickname “Mr. Ranger” throughout his 18-year career with the New York Rangers, which he spent from 1960 to 1978. He was the team’s first player to have his number retired.
How Did Rod Gilbert Die?
Gilbert died at the age of 80 on August 22, 2021. The National Hockey League confirmed Gilbert’s death in a press release, regretting his loss and emphasizing his value.
James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden and the owner of the New York Rangers, stated in a statement, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert — one of the greatest Rangers to ever play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had,”
He added, “While his on-ice achievements rightly made him a Hall of Famer, it was his love for the Rangers and the people of New York that endeared him to generations of fans and forever earned him the title, ‘Mr. Ranger.’ Our thoughts are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family during this difficult time. They will always be a part of the Rangers family.”
One of the greatest Rangers to ever wear the sweater. Our condolences to his family. R.I.P. Rod Gilbert 🔵⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/F275dpp1hH
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