Rod Gilbert, the Montreal-born Hall of Fame forward for the New York Rangers, has died at the age of 80. The team made the sad announcement on Twitter on Sunday, 22 August – and fans have grown curious about his personal life, including that of his wife, Judy Christy.
Rod Gilbert dies at 80
Rod Gilbert, the Montreal-born Hall of Fame forward for the New York Rangers, has died at the age of 80.
The team made the sad announcement on Twitter on Sunday, 22 August.
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Rangers owner James Dolan said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert — one of the greatest Rangers to ever play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had…
“Our thoughts are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family during this difficult time. They will always be a part of the Rangers family.”
The team’s announcement didn’t include Gilbert’s cause of death or where he died.
Who was Rod Gilbert’s wife, Judy Christy?
Gilbert married Judith Christy, a New York advertising executive, in 1991.
The ceremony was conducted by the then New York mayor David Dinkins in the Church Centre for the United Nations.
According to Meaww, Christy was 43 years old and was working as the chief operating officer and the managing director of Burkhardt & Christy Advertising at the time of their marriage.
She graduated from Michigan State University and received her master’s degree in communications from Hofstra University.
Gilbert and Christy had four children: Chantal, Justin, Holly, and Brooke; and seven grandchildren, according to The New York Times.
Who was Rod Gilbert, known as ‘Mr Ranger’?
Rod Gilbert spent his professional career with the New York Rangers from 1960 to 1978 and was the side’s first player to have their number retired by the team.
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According to the US Sun, Gilbert amassed 406 goals and 615 assists during his career, the second-most points by a right-winger in NHL history behind Gordie Howe.
Gilbert’s career was nearly derailed in 1960 when he was temporarily paralyzed after breaking his back.
After two spinal fusion surgeries, Gilbert was awarded the Masterton Trophy in 1976, given annually for perseverance and dedication to hockey.
Gilbert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
After retiring from the game, he carried on working for the Rangers and opened his own restaurant Gilbert’s on Third Avenue near 75th street in Manhattan.
Gilbert also contributed to the community through his integral role in the New York Rangers Alumni Association and his position as a goodwill ambassador for Madison Square Garden.
Gilbert and his wife Christy were also on the board of the Ronald McDonald House.
According to Famous Birthdays, Gilbert’s net worth was approximately $1.5 million.