John Davidson stepped behind a lectern emblazoned with the Rangers logo on Wednesday and got straight to the point.
“Dreams do come true,” he said at Madison Square Garden, appearing to become a bit misty-eyed after he was introduced as the Rangers’ new president about 40 years to the day after leading the team to the Stanley Cup finals as a goaltender.
“It’s no secret that New York has always been a … held a very special place in my heart,” he added, with his wife and one of their two daughters in the audience.
Davidson, 66, is replacing the retiring Glen Sather, who has been at the helm since June 2000.
Hiring Davidson is a logical move for the youthful Rangers, who missed the playoffs for the second straight season as they work through a dramatic rebuild that began in February 2018.
Only four players remain from their Cup finals run in 2014. The team has been accumulating young talent and has two first-round picks, including the second over all, and two second-round picks in next month’s draft.