One of the most popular figures in franchise history, John Davidson returned to the Rangers organization as the 11th President in franchise history on May 17, 2019.
As President and Alternate Governor, Mr. Davidson oversees all facets of the franchise’s business and hockey operations. This includes developing and executing an effective long-term strategy to support the team’s on-ice success, as well as driving the organization’s day-to-day activities that maximize revenue, strengthen the team’s connection to its fans and partners, and help grow the game.
Mr. Davidson joined the Rangers’ front office after spending seven seasons as the President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets. During his tenure with the Blue Jackets, Mr. Davidson oversaw the most successful years of the franchise’s 18-season history, including going from the fewest points in the NHL to posting a winning record in six of his seven seasons. The team also advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four of Mr. Davidson’s seven seasons, including each of the final three seasons.
Prior to his role with the Blue Jackets, Mr. Davidson served as President of Hockey Operations with the St. Louis Blues from 2006 – 2012. In his six seasons with the Blues, the team registered a winning record in each of his final four seasons. In Mr. Davidson’s final season with the Blues, the team he helped assemble won the Central Division for the first time in 11 seasons. Mr. Davidson also helped St. Louis build its team through the NHL Entry Draft, selecting players who impacted the Blues not only during his tenure, but also after he left the organization.
Prior to beginning his career as an NHL executive, Mr. Davidson spent nearly three decades in New York, first as a player with the Rangers and then as a TV Analyst with MSG Network. Mr. Davidson played parts of eight seasons with the Rangers (1975-76 – 1982-83), including helping the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979. Mr. Davidson was selected by St. Louis as the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, and appeared in 301 career NHL games with the Blues and Rangers during his 10-year NHL career.
Following his retirement as a player, Mr. Davidson began his broadcasting career with MSG Network during the 1983-84 season. His insightful and honest analysis, along with his famous “Oh Baby” call, endeared him to Rangers fans and earned respect throughout the broadcasting industry. He won two New York Emmy Awards for “Outstanding On-Camera Achievement” in 1995 and 2001, and was part of MSG Network’s Rangers broadcast team that won the CableACE Award for “Outstanding Live Event Coverage” in 1994. During his broadcasting career Mr. Davidson was also an Analyst on several national television networks, including ESPN, FOX, ABC, and NBC, and worked numerous major events, including the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Game, World Cup of Hockey, and Winter Olympics. In 2009, the Hockey Hall of Fame presented Mr. Davidson with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a broadcaster. In 2004, he received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Mr. Davidson and his wife, Diana, have two daughters, Lindsay and Ashley, and five grandchildren.