John Davidson mentioned he was “very proud” of his work as Rangers’ staff president, two days after he and basic supervisor Jeff Gorton had been shockingly fired by proprietor James Dolan.
“It has been an honor and pleasure serving as President of the New York Rangers the previous two years,” Davidson, also said in a statement Friday by means of his expertise company, The Montag Group. “I’m very pleased with the work we now have accomplished and consider this staff’s future may be very brilliant. I wish to thank all the nice folks within the group for his or her tireless and passionate work day in and time out.”
Davidson, a former beloved goalie with the Blueshirts, was lured to New York in Could 2019 after stints rebuilding the Blues and Blue Jackets. He was on the helm of the Rangers for simply two years earlier than philosophical variations on the path of the staff between him and Dolan bought him canned.
Former Rangers captain Chris Drury was promoted to each GM and staff president.
Within the two seasons with Davidson as president, the rebuilding Rangers confirmed promise, stockpiled tons of younger expertise and gave the impression to be on the upswing.
They appeared within the 2019-20 season’s expanded playoffs qualifying spherical, through which the staff was swept in three video games by the Hurricanes, however fell wanting the postseason this 12 months.
“I first got here to New York as [a] 22-year-old and it has been in my blood ever since,” Davidson mentioned. “The vitality and vibrance of the town will all the time be one thing I cherish. Most of all I wish to thanks, the followers. You welcomed my spouse Diana and me with open arms and I wish to categorical our sincerest and most heartfelt gratitude for the large love and assist you’ve all the time proven us.”
It’s unclear what’s subsequent for Davidson, who performed eight of his 10 NHL seasons with the Rangers. After he retired from hockey, Davidson joined MSG Community in 1983 and was the colour commentator for the Rangers from 1986-2006. He additionally contributed to NHL protection on numerous nationwide tv networks, together with Fox, ABC, ESPN and NBC.