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Encyclopedia > GAG line

The GAG line was a famous ice hockey line for the New York Rangers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It consisted of Jean Ratelle at center, Rod Gilbert on right wing and Vic Hadfield (also the Rangers team captain) on the left side. They became famous for playing on a great New York team that unfortunately never won a Stanley Cup. The GAG line was an acronym for Goal-A-Game line as these linemates averaged over 1 goal a game while playing together. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in New York City, New York. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Jean Ratelle (born October 3, 1940) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... This person is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Vic Hadfield (b. ... The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame. ...


The line was broken up in 1975 as Jean Ratelle was traded along with defenseman Brad Park and Joe Zanussi to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carol Vadnais and Phil Esposito. At the time, this was considered the biggest blockbuster trade in NHL history. Hadfield went on to play with other teams, while Ratelle finished his career as a Bruin and Rod Gilbert remained with the Rangers for the rest of his career. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Douglas Bradford (Brad) Park was an NHL ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... The Boston Bruins are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ...


 
 

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