A member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers has been induted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Defenseman Sergei Zubov, in his seventh year of eligibility, made the cut to join professional ice hockey's most esteemed players in Toronto's sacred hall. He joins a class that includes Guy Carbonneau, Václav Nedomanský and Haley Wickenheiser.
Although Zubov spent most of his career with the Dallas Stars, he began his career as a Ranger. Drafted in the fifth round in 1990, he played a pivotal role on the legendary 1994 team, scoring a career-high 89 points in 78 regular season games. He also added 19 more over 22 playoff contests en route to the Rangers' first championship in 54 years.
Over his three years as a Ranger, Zubov tallied 156 points in 165 games, an incredible total for a defenseman. He was traded to Pittsburgh with Petr Nedved in 1995 for Ulf Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille. He only spent a year there before moving on to Dallas, where he made four All-Star games and won another Stanley Cup.
Zubov leads all Russian defensemen in assists with 619, and while he never won a Norris Trophy, he received votes in 12 of the 16 years he played and was a top-five finisher twice. He is the 61st player or builder with Rangers ties who has entered the Hall of Fame, and the fifth member of the 1994 champion team.