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Glen Sather


Incumbent
Assumed office 
2000
Preceded by Neil Smith

In office
2003–2004
Preceded by Bryan Trottier
Succeeded by Tom Renney

In office
1980–2000
Preceded by Larry Gordon
Succeeded by Kevin Lowe

In office
1993–1994
Preceded by Ted Green
Succeeded by George Burnett
In office
1980–1989
Preceded by Bryan Watson
Succeeded by John Muckler
In office
1977–1980
Preceded by Bep Guidolin
Succeeded by Bryan Watson

Born September 2, 1943 (1943-09-02) (age 66)
High River, AB, CAN

Glen Cameron "Slats" Sather (born September 2, 1943 in High River, Alberta) is the current President and general manager of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also served as the head coach of the Rangers, as well as General Manager and coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and later NHL. Prior to coaching, Sather was a professional ice hockey left winger in the WHA and NHL. He played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, and Edmonton Oilers (in their WHA incarnation). Also nicknamed "Tomato Face" due to his perpetually red face during his playing days, Sather was born in High River, Alberta but grew up in Wainwright, Alberta. Sather now resides in Palm Springs, California in the off-season, but also has a home in Banff, Alberta.

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Background and early career

Sather played 3 seasons starting in 1964 with the CPHL Memphis Wings and Oklahoma City Blazers, joining the Bruins at the end of the 1966–67 season and playing in 5 games. He earned the nickname "Slats" because of his gritty style of play where he would regularly aim for opposing player's testicles with the blade of his stick.

Professional playing career

Sather played 10 full seasons in the NHL and another season in the WHA. He played 739 regular season games as a pro, scoring 99–146–245 and earned 801 minutes in penalties. In the playoffs he added 77 games played and scored 2–6–8 with 88PIM. His career as a player ended at the conclusion of the 1976–77 WHA season.

Post-playing career

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Edmonton Oilers

Sather became head coach of the Oilers in 1977 and maintained the post when they joined the NHL in 1979–80. After taking them to the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural season, he was promoted to President and General Manager, but remained the Head Coach of the Oilers. This was the start of a tremendous run for the Oilers, who won the Stanley Cup in five of the next ten seasons following their first season in the NHL. The team made the playoffs with Sather as head coach from 1979–80 until 1984–85. From 1985 until 1989, Sather split coaching duties with John Muckler, but retained the title of head coach. With Sather at the helm in various duties, the team won five Stanley Cups in seven years, after losing in the finals to the New York Islanders in 1983.

New York Rangers General Manager

In 2000, Sather left the Oilers organization and joined the Rangers to become their President and General Manager, a position he currently holds despite not making the playoffs during his first four years at Madison Square Garden and cutting ties with many beloved Rangers, such as Adam Graves and Brian Leetch to bring in high-profile (yet unsuccessful in New York) players such as Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, and Bobby Holík. He replaced Bryan Trottier after 54 games in the 2002–2003 Season as the head coach of the New York Rangers only to give the head coaching job to Former coach Tom Renney after 62 games in the 2003–2004 season. Sather's record as the Rangers coach was 33–39–11–7 over 90 games. That pushed his NHL career win total to 497, currently 10th all-time.

Some good, young players were also drafted during his tenure as the Rangers general manager, such as Henrik Lundqvist, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto. The team greatly improved after the lockout under Renney, making the Stanley Cup playoffs four consecutive years. After the Rangers lost in the second round of the 2007 and 2008 playoffs and were struggling to make the playoffs in 2009, Sather fired Renney and replaced him with John Tortorella. The Rangers made the playoffs as the seventh seed but ultimately lost in the first round to the Washington Capitals in seven games.

March 8, 2010 Fire Sather Rally

Loyal Rangers fans, primarily season ticket holders were represented by a few hundred who showed up at a Rally at 5:45 p.m. directly across the street from Madison Square Garden's main entrance and team offices. The rally was organized online in a grass roots fashion to show the dissatisfaction a large percentage of fans have with Glen Sather. The "Fire Sather" chant has been a common sound within MSG during Rangers games since well before the lockout and has grown more frequent and louder in recent years. The Fire Sather rally was covered by many media outlets such as The New York Post and Yahoo.com's Puckdaddy.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
EDM 76–77 18 9 7 2 (72) 4th in WHA West 1 4 .200 Quarter-Finalist
EDM 77–78 80 38 39 3 79 5th in WHA West 1 4 .200 Quarter-Finalist
EDM 78–79 80 48 30 2 98 1st in WHA West 6 7 .462 Lost in Final
EDM 79–80 80 28 39 13 69 4th in Smythe Division 0 3 .000 Lost in preliminary round
EDM 80–81 62 25 26 11 74 3rd in Smythe Division 5 4 .556 Quarter-Finalist
EDM 81–82 80 48 17 15 111 1st in Smythe Division 2 3 .400 Division Semi-Finalist
EDM 82–83 80 47 21 12 106 1st in Smythe Division 11 5 .689 Stanley Cup Finalist
EDM 83–84 80 57 18 5 119 1st in Smythe Division 15 4 .789 Won Stanley Cup
EDM 84–85 80 49 20 11 109 1st in Smythe Division 15 3 .833 Won Stanley Cup
EDM 85–86 80 56 17 7 119 1st in Smythe Division 6 4 .600 Division Finalist
EDM 86–87 80 50 24 6 106 1st in Smythe Division 16 5 .762 Won Stanley Cup
EDM 87–88 80 44 25 11 99 2nd in Smythe Division 16 2 .889 Won Stanley Cup
EDM 88–89 80 38 34 8 84 3rd in Smythe Division 3 4 .429 Division Semi-Finalist
EDM 93–94 60 22 27 11 (64) 6th in Pacific Division - - - Missed playoffs
WHA total 160 86 69 5 0
EDM total 842 464 268 110 0
NYR 02–03 28 11 10 4 3 (78) 4th in Atlantic Division - - - Missed playoffs
NYR 03–04 62 22 29 7 4 (69) 4th in Atlantic Division - - - Missed playoffs
NYR total 90 33 39 11 7
NHL total 932 497 307 121 7

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1964-65  Memphis Wings               CPHL   69   19   29   48   98  --  --  --  --  --
1965-66  Oklahoma City Blazers       CPHL   64   13   12   25   76   9   4   4   8  14
1966-67  Oklahoma City Blazers       CPHL   57   14   19   33  147  11   2   6   8  45
1966-67  Boston Bruins               NHL     5    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1967-68  Boston Bruins               NHL    65    8   12   20   34   3   0   0   0   0
1968-69  Boston Bruins               NHL    76    4   11   15   67  10   0   0   0  18
1969-70  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    76   12   14   26  114  10   0   2   2  17
1970-71  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    46    8    3   11   96  --  --  --  --  --
1970-71  New York Rangers            NHL    31    2    0    2   52  13   0   1   1  18
1971-72  New York Rangers            NHL    76    5    9   14   77  16   0   1   1  22
1972-73  New York Rangers            NHL    77   11   15   26   64   9   0   0   0   7
1973-74  New York Rangers            NHL     2    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1973-74  St. Louis Blues             NHL    69   15   29   44   82  --  --  --  --  --
1974-75  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    63    6    9   15   44  11   1   1   2   4
1975-76  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    72    9   10   19   94  --  --  --  --  --
1976-77  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    81   19   34   53   77   5   1   1   2   2
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         WHA Totals                         81   19   34   53   77   5   1   1   2   2
         NHL Totals                        658   80  112  192  724  72   1   5   6  86

Notable achievements

  • Glen Sather is the most successful coach in Oilers history. Under his leadership the team set several NHL records, including most team goals for and holding several spots in the best winning seasons ever. They won 3 President's Trophies for best league regular season record. Their playoff record was even more impressive, winning 133 games and losing 82 en route to five Stanley Cups in six Finals appearances. In 1985–86, Sather won the Jack Adams Award as the league's best coach. Teams he has coached for a full season have only finished out of the playoffs once and had winning records 8 out of 11 seasons. He currently stands tenth in coaching wins in NHL history.
  • Stanley Cup Champion 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
  • Outside of the NHL, Sather has been instrumental in building Canadian national teams for the 1984 Canada Cup ( tournament champions ), the 1994 Ice Hockey World Championship ( Gold Medal winners ) and 1996 World Cup of Hockey ( Finalists ).

Sather was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

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