Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Greschner
Defenceman Ron Greschner was a splendid puckhandler with a dangerous shot who could also play efficiently in his own zone. He played nearly 1,000 regular season games for the New York Rangers between 1974 and 1990.

Born in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan, Greschner was selected 32nd overall by the Rangers in 1974 after accumulating 182 points in three years of junior with the WCJHL's New Westminster Bruins. In 1974 he was named to the league's first all-star team based on his 103-point season. The young blueliner scored 45 points as an NHL rookie in 1974-75 and never looked back.

Through the end of the 1986-87 season Greschner was a key figure in the Blueshirts' transition game and power play. He was one of the most popular rearguards to ever play on Manhattan and reached the 20-goal mark four times. In 1978-79 he was an alternate on the NHL all-star team when they faced their counterparts from the USSR. A few weeks later he scored 12 points in 18 games as the Rangers reached the finals for the first time since 1972.

In 1979-80 Greschner scored 21 goals and participated in the NHL all-star game. Though the Rangers rarely made noise in the playoffs, he was a consistent performer for the club. By the late 80s young players like Brian Leetch played the point on the power play and keyed the club's transitional flow. Greschner spent his last three NHL seasons providing leadership and savvy in his own zone before retiring in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Chilliwack Chiefs BCJHL
1971-72 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 44 1 9 10 126 5 1 2 3 0
1972-73 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 68 22 47 69 169 5 2 4 6 19
1973-74 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 67 33 70 103 170 11 5 6 11 18
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 70 8 37 45 93 +8 3 0 1 1 2
1974-75 Providence Reds AHL 7 5 6 11 10
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 77 6 21 27 93 -51
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 80 11 36 47 89 0
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 78 24 48 72 100 +3 3 0 0 0 2
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 60 17 36 53 66 0 18 7 5 12 16
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 76 21 37 58 103 -11 9 0 6 6 10
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 74 27 41 68 112 0 14 4 8 12 17
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 3 1 0 1
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 29 5 11 16 16 -11
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 10 3 5 8 0 0 8 2 2 4 12
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 77 12 44 56 117 +5 2 1 0 1 2
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 48 16 29 45 42 -19 2 0 3 3 12
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 78 20 28 48 104 +9 5 3 1 4 11
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 61 6 34 40 62 -6 6 0 5 5 0
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 51 1 5 6 82 -9
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 58 1 10 11 94 +9 4 0 1 1 6
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 55 1 9 10 53 -7 10 0 0 0 16
NHL Totals 982 179 431 610 1226 84 17 32 49 106


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1974) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980) Missed majority of 1981-82 due to back injury vs. Philadelphia, November 18, 1981.
Missed majority of 1982-83 due to back injury in training camp, September, 1982.
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