He went from running the Blues to the Blue Jackets and now the Blueshirts.
The worst kept rumor in hockey came true today with the Rangers welcoming back John Davidson to the organization, succeeding Glen Sather as team president.
“I am excited and humbled to be named the President of the New York Rangers,” Davidson said in a statement. “The opportunity of rejoining the Rangers organization and returning home to New York, where my family and I have spent so many wonderful years, was one I simply could not pass up. I want to thank James Dolan for offering me this chance to come home.
“I would also like to thank John P. McConnell for the opportunity to join the Blue Jackets organization in 2012, his guidance, support, and friendship over the last seven years, and for allowing my family and me to embark on this new journey with the Rangers. Additionally, I would like to thank the St. Louis Blues organization for giving me an opportunity to join their front office in 2006 and spend six fantastic years there.”
A longtime broadcaster, Davidson changed careers in 2006 when he moved onto the St. Louis Blues organization to run the team and then in 2012 was named president of the Columbus Blue Jackets, turning around both franchises and making them into playoff teams.
Davidson played for the Rangers from 1975 to 1983, posting a 93-90-25 record in 222 appearances. During the 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he posted an 11-7 record, along with a 2.28 GAA, a .921 SV%, and 1 SO in 18 appearances while helping the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Now he will be looking to bring the Rangers to the Finals again. This time as president.