NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather is expected to undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday, Newsday reported.

The NHL general managers meetings are currently being held in Toronto, and assistant general manager Jeff Gorton represented the Blueshirts in Sather’s absence, the Rangers confirmed.

The 69-year-old has held his position with the Rangers since 2000, and he spent time as the head coach in 2003 and 2004. The Hall of Famer also played for New York during his 11-year career which spanned from 1966–1977.

According to the newspaper, Sather will spend the next few days in the hospital and then will again return as the president and general manager.

“Almost all of Glen’s business is done on the phone anyway,” a source told Newsday. “He just doesn’t want anybody to make a fuss over him.”

Prior to coming to Manhattan at the start of the millennium, Sather was the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, where he won five Stanley Cups. He also served as the head coach of the Oilers during his tenure in Edmonton, and currently ranks 16th on the NHL’s all-time coaching list with 497 wins.

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