Top 10 List: #4 Adam Graves

As we hit the final 4 of our top 10 list, we’ve reached and talked about important players in Rangers history. Those who transended the team, and made them a high caliber team. Yesterday we talked about the King of New York, today we’re going to talk about someone who was apart of the last Stanley Cup team, and a warrior, on and off the ice…

#4 – Adam Graves

Mandatory Credit: Newsday

Graves was signed as a free agent prior to the start of the 1991-1992 season, after sporadically playing for both the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers. He would draw immediate success for not only the Rangers but his personal playing career where he showed that he was quite the goal scorer, and quite the hard nosed defensive player as well.

His hard play would come into question the 1991-1992 playoff year, as during their second round series against Pittsburgh, he would hack and break the hand of superstar forward Mario Lemieux. After debate by Lemieux and the Penguins if the slash was intentional, he was suspended by the league for the final 3 games of that series, in which Pittsburgh won, and then eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup. Graves was apologetic, but the action happened, and the only thing he could do was move on and improve, which he did.

During the teams Stanley Cup run in the 1993-1994 season, he broke the record at that time for the most goals scored by the Rangers in a single season, with 52 (number 9 on our list Jaromir Jagr, broke that during the 2005-2006 season, with 54). His high scoring play carried over into the playoffs where he would tally 10 more goals, and get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career.

He would still be an offensive force for the Rangers, but his contributions off the ice are something many people know him for. He would help the NYC community build up their hockey programs in trouble areas. During the summer of 2000 he would along with my father teach a group of youths in Harlem the sport he loved, hockey. He would win various awards by the team and the media for his contributions off the ice.

He was the last member of the core 4 (Messier, Leetch, Richter, Graves) to get his number retired by the Rangers, as his number was retired on February 3, 2009. Currently Graves is with the Rangers coaching their youth camps during the summer, where he instills the benefits and importance of teamwork, and hard work.

Career Statistics

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1152

329

286

616

1224

Topics: 1994, Adam Graves, Champion, Off Ice, Stanley Cuo

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