Per the NHL Alumni Association, former New York Rangers defenseman Jim Neilson passed away yesterday at the age of 79.
Neilson played 811 games with the Rangers and over 1,000 games in the NHL — he also played for the California Seals and Cleveland Barons. He was a two-time All-Star (1967, 1971) during his tenure with the Rangers and finished his NHL career with 368 points.
The NHL Alumni is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Neilson. Jim played more than 1000 games with the @NYRangers, California Seals and the Cleveland Barons tallying 69 goals & 299 assists. We send out condolences to his family, friends & loved ones during this time. pic.twitter.com/awrPtaTfml— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) November 6, 2020
In case you missed it, Blueshirt Banter’s own Kevin Power recently wrote a feature on Neilson and his place in Rangers and NHL history. We encourage you to give it a read today or this weekend.