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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in second round
32 overall by New York Rangers
Defense / Center / L. Wing|
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
New Westminster (WCHL)
Birthplace: Goodsoil, Saskatchewan (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WCHL All-Star First Team: 1973-74 (New Westminster)
New Westminster Captain: 1973-74
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No.
11 overall prospect in the 1974 NHL draft. ... Set WCHL/WHL record (since
broken) for points by a defenseman in one season with 103 in 1973-74. ...
Played for Edmonton (WCHL) and was team captain in 1974 series vs.
Moscow Selects. ... Played senior league hockey against players in their 20s and 30s when he was
just 12 years old.
| Debut: November 3,
1974 (Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers)|
Number: 4 (N.Y. Rangers)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1990
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1980
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1979 (N.Y. Rangers)
N.Y. Rangers West Side Association Players' Player Award: 1977-78
N.Y. Rangers "Crumb Bum" Award (Youth Service): 1985
Good Guy Award (Media Vote): 1985-86
N.Y. Rangers Captain: Oct. 9, 1986, to Dec. 3, 1987
N.Y. Rangers Records:
Most penalty minutes, career (1,226)
N.Y. Rangers Assists Leader: 1977-78 (48), 1980-81 (41)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Points Leader: 1987 (5, tie)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Assists Leader: 1980 (6, tie), 1987 (5)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1985 (12)
Miscellaneous: Had assist in his first NHL game. ... Scored his first
NHL goal vs. Montreal's Ken Dryden on Dec. 8, 1974. ... Set N.Y. Rangers
rookie record (since broken) with 37 assists in 1974-75. ... Set N.Y. Rangers
record (since broken) for assists by a rookie defenseman with 37 assists in
1974-75. ... Paired on defense with Dave Farrish for N.Y. Rangers in 1976-77.
... Played a few shifts at center for N.Y. Rangers during 1970s. ... Missed
part of 1978-79 season with separated shoulder. ... Played left wing on line
with Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg for N.Y. Rangers during 1980-81 season and
1981 playoffs. ... Paired on defense with Carol Vadnais and Barry Beck for
N.Y. Rangers in 1981-82. ... Missed most of 1981-82 season recovering from
pinched nerve in back, an injury suffered in N.Y. Rangers' game vs.
Philadelphia on Nov. 18, 1981. Missed final 25 games of season and entire 1981
playoffs. ... Broke Brad Park's record for points by N.Y. Rangers defenseman
on Nov. 11, 1981, when he registered an assist for his 379th point. ... Missed most of 1982-83 season recovering from back injury
suffered in N.Y. Rangers' 1982 training camp. Did not return to action until
Feb. 5, 1983, and then re-injured back in N.Y. Rangers' game vs. Winnipeg on
Feb. 20, 1983. ... Missed parts of 1984-85 season with separated left
shoulder, an injury that required postseason surgery to resection his distal
clavicle. ... Played center for most of 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. ...
Served as N.Y. Rangers captain while Barry Beck was injured during 1985-86
season. ... Missed remainder of 1986 playoffs after fracturing right hand in
Game 5 of N.Y.
Rangers' Patrick Division semifinal series vs. Philadelphia on April 15, 1986. ...
Missed start of 1986-87 season with fractured left foot, suffered in N.Y.
Rangers' preseason game on Oct. 2, 1986. ... Missed parts of 1987-88 season
with series of injuries. ... Missed parts of 1988-89 season with series of
injuries. ... Suspended for final three regular-season games in 1988-89 for
"abuse of an official." The incident occurred in N.Y. Rangers' game vs.
Pittsburgh on March 25, 1989, after Pittsburgh defenseman Rod Buskas pulled
Greschner's hair during a second period fight. Angry that the officials had
not seen the hair-pulling, Greschner spit water at linesman Ron Asselstine
after arguing the lack of a penalty call. Greschner was thrown out of the game
and was suspended on March 27, 1989. ... Was not offered a contract by
N.Y. Rangers after the 1989-90 season, released on July 17, 1990. ... Ended
career with N.Y. Rangers as team's all-time leader in points, goals and
assists by a defensemen (records all broken by Brian Leetch).
|Post-Draft Teams: Providence (AHL)|
Challenge Cup: 1979
AWARDS AND HONORS
Draft Pick: 1974 (by Vancouver, No. 34 overall in Round 3)
1974-75: Played on AHL regular-season champion (Providence).
Miscellaneous: Played on N.Y.
Rangers team that competed in Sweden's 1981 DN Cup tournament. ... Avid tennis
player during off-seasons of his playing days. ... Appeared on soap opera
Ryan's Hope in July 1980. ... Began running Ron Greschner Hockey Camp
during summer of 1985. ... Made workout video with Carol Alt during summer of
1987. ... Worked as extra in Italian film starring Carol Alt during summer of
1987. ... Served a judge for Miss Universe contest in Japan in May 1988. ...
Honored by Muscular Dystrophy Association with humanitarian award for his
charitable work on Aug. 31, 1988. ... Appeared in episode of TV's The Nanny
Ex-husband of model Carol Alt (married Nov. 21, 1983, separated in 1996,
divorced in 2001). ... Father owned only
local hotel in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan (pop. 250).
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