John Halligan, a New York Rangers and NHL publicist and historian for more than 40 years, died Wednesday morning of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 68.
Halligan, who received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for service to hockey in the United States, also worked for the NHL and was the author of dozens of books on hockey.
"John Halligan cherished the character of the game as much as the characters of the game," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "He loved the stories of the game and . . . told those stories with an abiding respect for the history - and humor - so that future generations of fans could enjoy them as much as he did."
Halligan joined the Rangers in 1963. "John Halligan was an institution with the Rangers and is as much a part of the tradition and history as any player who has worn the sweater," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said.
Halligan is survived by his wife, Janet.
A Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Franklin Lakes, N.J. Burial is at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.