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2021 Rangers Offseason

Rangers announce full coaching staff

The Rangers have officially announced Gord Murphy, Mike Kelly and Jim Midgley as assistants to Gerard Gallant and Steve Smith as Murphy’s replacement in Hartford.

Murphy and Kelly had previously been reported.


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Midgley has served as a coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for nine seasons, including one season as the Head Coach of the Halifax Mooseheads (2017-18). In his one season as Halifax’s Head Coach, he guided the Mooseheads to a 43-18-6-1 (W-L-OTL-SL) record and helped the team advance to the second round of the QMJHL Playoffs. Most recently, Midgley served as an Amateur Scout with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2020-21 season, and he is serving as an Assistant Coach with Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Smith joins the Rangers organization after spending parts of the last 11 seasons as an Assistant Coach in the NHL. He most recently served as an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres for parts of three seasons (2018-19 – 2020-21). Smith has also served as an Assistant Coach with the Carolina Hurricanes (2014-15 – 2017-18), Edmonton Oilers (2010-11 – 2013-14), and Calgary Flames (1997-98), and he spent two seasons as a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks (2008-09 – 2009-10).

Smith, who is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario, played parts of 16 seasons in the NHL (1984-85 – 1996-97; 1998-99 – 2000-01). A defenseman, Smith skated in 804 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Calgary Flames, registering 72 goals and 303 assists for 375 points, along with a plus-139 rating and 2,139 penalty minutes. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, as he helped the Oilers win the Stanley Cup in 1986-87, 1987-88, and 1989-90. Smith played in the 1991 NHL All-Star Game and helped Canada win the 1991 Canada Cup. He was inducted into the Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.