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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Andy Bathgate was a hockey stylist--an athletic, graceful skater who handled the puck with skill and flash. Known for his blazing, accurate shot, he was one of the first men to use the slapshot to overpower goaltenders. Bathgate was a creative playmaker on the ice and often did the unexpected, throwing off opposing defenders with imaginative feints and passes.
Originally Posted by The Hockey News: Top 100
Despite the team’s record, Bathgate – who led the Rangers in scoring for eight straight seasons – proved to the archetypal all-around player. The Hall of Famer was a smooth skater, deft puckhandler, gifted playmaker, hard shooter and fierce competitor.
Originally Posted by Baltimores on Broadway
Whether stationary at the point or on the fly, Bathgate had one of the hardest slap shots in the game, but he also possessed an effective, accurate wrist shot and passed the puck with precision. As a stickhandler, his skill level brought to mind the dexterous stars of earlier eras.
Originally Posted by Hockey’s Golden Era
Bathgate was a clever playmaker who always seemed to find the right spot on the ice to work his magic. His hard shot was also compared to that of Bobby Hull and Bernie Geoffrion.
Originally Posted by Hockey’s Glory Days
Andy Bathgate was a strong skater, slick stickhandler, powerful shooter, and skilled playmaker.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey video
Bathgate’s shot made him a threat to goaltenders around the league…. Although capable of playing a tough physical style, Andy was outspoken in his opposition to violence in hockey… in the 1964 Stanley Cup finals, Bathgate was outstanding.
Originally Posted by Jim Coleman
Superb stickhandler. Superb shot. Great game strategist. Played for years and always played well.
Originally Posted by Red Sullivan
He’s an expert on the power-play, where the Leafs need help, and he has an excellent shot.
Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
Though truly an individualist on the ice and off, he always placed the team above his own accomplishments and was disappointed with the Rangers’ consistently poor performances.
Originally Posted by Great Right Winger: Stars of Hockey’s Golden Age
The big right winger, who was as graceful as future star Wayne Gretzky and as physical as Rocket Richard was simply unstoppable
Originally Posted by Who’s Who in Hockey
Andy Bathgate at first appeared too much the pacifist for the NHL jungle. But he raised his dukes when necessary, licking such notorious hockey cops as Howie Young, then of the Red Wings, and Vic Stasiuk of the Bruins. By 1954-55, Andy was in the NHL to stay, and soon was being favorably compared with the greatest Ranger right winger, Bill Cook.
Originally Posted by Kevin Shea
He was known as a smooth-skating playmaker who, through the ten years from 1955 to 1965, was among the most prolific forwards in the National Hockey League, despite playing with the struggling New York Rangers… Yet, surrounded with a lineup that often looked like it was held together with bandages and hockey tape, Bathgate was able to shine.
Originally Posted by Tim Hunt
Bathgate was not a little guy – he was a big powerful man. They didn’t tangle with Andy Bathagte because he was big and strong, and if they tried to get smart with him, he’d answer them back. He wasn’t reluctant to, you know, hit back, but he didn’t feel that it was necessary. He’d rather score a goal than take a penalty.
Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
Like Howe, Bathgate could play the physical game and was known as a fierce fighter when the occasion warranted it.
Originally Posted by Baltimores on Broadway
Bathgate didn’t go looking for trouble, but as the Rangers’ top gunner he was often the target of enemy bullies. He provided his own protection. The same lightning reflexes that served him as a goal-scorer ad play-maker made him equally quick with his fists. When Detroit’s bad boy, Howie Young, wouldn’t stop tormenting him with his stick, Andy ripped the lumber out of Howie’s hands, dropped his gloves, and cleaned Young’s clock. Hulking Vic Stasiuk of the Bruins challenged Bathgate with his fists in the first and third periods of a game and came off second best on both occasions.

Andy Bathgate !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Stanley Cup Champion (1964)
Hart Trophy Winner (1959)
2 x First Team All-Star (1959, 1962)
2 x Second Team All-Star (1958, 1963)
8 x All-Star Games (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)

Hart Voting – 1st(1959), 2nd(1958), 3rd(1957), 5th(1962), 8th(1956)

Scoring Achievements:
Points – 1st(1962), 2nd(1963), 3rd(1958), 3rd(1959), 3rd(1960), 4th(1957), 4th(1961), 4th(1964), 5th(1956), 17th(1968), 19th(1955), 19th(1965)
Goals – 3rd(1959), 4th(1963), 5th(1958), 6th(1961), 6th(1962), 8th(1957), 9th(1960), 12th(1955), 13th(1956)
Assists – 1st(1962), 1st(1964), 2nd(1956), 2nd(1958), 2nd(1959), 2nd(1960), 3rd(1957), 4th(1961), 4th(1963), 11th(1968), 14th(1965), 14th(1966)

5 Year Peak (1959 to 1963)
1st in Points and 2nd in Points per Game (Jean Beliveau)
2nd in Goals and 5th in Goals per Game (Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich)
1st in Assists and 2nd in Assists per Game (Jean Beliveau)

10 Year Peak (1956 to 1965)
2nd in Points and 3rd in Points per Game (Jean Beliveau and Gordie Howe)
3rd in Goals and 8th in Goals per Game (Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich, Maurice Richard, Bernie Geoffrion, Camile Henry)
1st in Assists and 1st in Assists Per Game

Play-off Points – 7th(1966), 8th(1964)
Play-off Goals – 1st(1966), 4th(1964), 5th(1958)

Play-off Scoring Review:
1956 – 2nd on team in Points, Goals, and Assists.
1957 – 1st on team in Goals.
1958 – 1st on team in Goals and Points. 2nd on team in Assists.
1962 – 3rd on team in Assists.
1964 – 2nd on team in Goals.
1965 – 4th on team in Goals.
1966 – 1st on team in Goals.

Originally Posted by Andy Bathgate
I always felt that making good passes was more important than how many goals you could get. At certain levels, you'd score, but when I played a year above my age range, I learned early that you move the puck and get in the open. I really enjoyed that and I built my career around puck movement rather than trying to be a big goal scorer.
Originally Posted by Andy Bathgate
Management wins Stanley Cups. Players can only do their best. You've got to bring the right ingredients to make a Stanley Cup winner and if the manager is not doing his job, the players can only do so much. You produce and do what's right, but if you don't have the talent there, you're not going to win many games.

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