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Top 10 List: #10 Jeff Beukeboom

During the past week we asked you our readers to share your lists of the top ten Rangers of all time. We compiled the lists (thanks for everyone who participated) and now for the next ten days we will one by one share with your our top ten list, starting today with…

#10 – Jeff Beukeboom

Jeff Beukeboom (R) with Brian Leetch (center) and Mark Messier (L). Mandatory Credit: NY Daily News

The Rangers acquired Beukeboom along with Mark Messier from the Edmonton Oilers on October 4, 1991. Instantly he became an instant favorite for his bone crushing hits, his solid defensive play and standing up for his teammates also made him a favorite not only to his teammates but to the fans as well.

He primarily was paired during his Ranger career with Brian Leetch as the two complemented each other well. Leetch known for his offensive skills and solid two way play, and Beukeboom always staying back, and making sure things were getting done on the defensive end.

Though due to his solid play, and hard hitting play that made fans cheer and opponents shy away from him, concussions got the best of him, which caused his sudden retirement. During a fight in November 1998 against Matt Johnson of the LA Kings, he received a sucker punch which quickly gave him a concussion, and Johnson a 12 game suspension by the league for intent to injure. He would return after a few games, but after that fight he wasn’t himself.

Was afraid to make the same hits, was afraid to do side board battles, and due to his history of concussion, was acceptable to another one, which he got after a dangerous collision in February 1999 which he didn’t return from, and in July 1999 retired, due to post-concussion syndrome.

Currently, Beukeboom can be found behind the bench of the Rangers AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolfpack as an assistant.

Career Statistics:

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

804

30

129

159

114

1,890

And here’s something we all can remember him by:

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