New York Rangers

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New York Rangers
New York Rangers logo
founding May 15, 1926
history New York Rangers
since 1926
Stadion Madison Square Garden
Location New York City
Team colors Blue, red, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Metropolitan Division
Head coach United StatesUnited States David Quinn
Team captain vacant
General manager United StatesUnited States Jeff Gorton
owner Madison Square Garden, LP
Cooperations Hartford Wolf Pack ( AHL )
Maine Mariners ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1928 , 1933 , 1940 , 1994
Conference title 1993/94 , 2013/14
Division title 1926/27 , 1931/32 , 1989/90 ,
1991/92 , 1993/94 , 2011/12 ,
2013/14 , 2014/15

The New York Rangers ( IPA : [njuː ˈjɔɹk ˈɹeɪndʒɚs] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from New York City . Founded on May 15, 1926, the team began playing at the beginning of the 1926/27 season . Because of their team colors blue, red and white and their origins, they are also known as Broadway blueshirts.

The Rangers play their home games at Madison Square Garden and were one of the first NHL teams in the United States , along with the Boston Bruins , Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Cougars . In their first 14 years of membership in the league, they won the prestigious Stanley Cup three times before going through difficult times during the original Six and beyond. It was not until 1994, 54 years after the last title win, that they were able to win the trophy for the fourth time.

After another dry spell around the turn of the millennium, the Rangers are now one of the best and most consistent teams in the Eastern Conference and the NHL . According to Forbes Magazine , the New York Rangers are the NHL's most valuable franchise, valued at $ 1.2 billion as of November 2015.


Early years (1926 to 1941)

Tex Rickard , head of Madison Square Garden, was surprised by the great success of the New York Americans who joined the National Hockey League in 1925 . Despite promises that the Americans would be the only team to play in the Garden, Rickard tried to get its own NHL team. The NHL complied with his wish for the 1926/27 season . Rickard wanted to name the team the New York Giants , but the press quickly dubbed it Tex's Rangers . As general manager, he had hired Conn Smythe , who was looking for players for the team. However, Rickard was not satisfied with his selection and after disputes he dismissed him before the first game. Smythe received $ 2,500 in severance payment. He got Lester Patrick as his successor . The team that Smythe put together proved that they could play a good role in the NHL. While the other two new teams, the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings formed the bottom of the table, the Rangers were able to finish their first season in first place in the American Division . In the playoffs, however, they failed because of the Boston Bruins .

Lester Patrick represented his injured goalkeeper as manager and led the Rangers to a final victory in 1928

In the second season, the 1927/28 season , the team won the Stanley Cup for the first time . In addition to goalkeeper Lorne Chabot , the team included numerous other future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame such as Ching Johnson , Bill Cook , Bun Cook and Frank Boucher . In the playoffs, however, someone else had to step into the breach. Goalkeeper Chabot was injured, and the coaching staff had waived a substitute in advance. After a lengthy discussion, the 44-year-old general manager and head coach Lester Patrick , who had previously only been an outfield player, put himself in the goal and led his team to the final victory over the Montreal Maroons .

The following year, the team reached the final series again, but had to admit defeat to the Boston Bruins there. After less successful years, the team was again in the final at the end of the 1931/32 season , but the Toronto Maple Leafs were an indomitable opponent. Already in the following year the tide turned and the team that was still led by Cook and Boucher, but now also played by Babe Siebert and Earl Seibert , was able to defeat the Maple Leafs in the finals of 1933 and for the second time the Bring the Stanley Cup to New York. The Rangers had average success until the end of the 1930s, only in 1937 they reached the final again.

For the 1939/40 season Frank Boucher took over the post of head coach from Lester Patrick. He led the team, in which now Lester's sons Lynn and Muzz Patrick and Babe Pratt played, to the third Stanley Cup victory. With Bryan Hextall one of the best scorers of his time was in the squad. The last year of the Americans was the last time the Rangers were able to finish the regular season first for a long time.

"Original Six" (1941 to 1967)

The era of the " Original Six " began with the withdrawal of the Americans from the league, but in New York alone the glory days of the Rangers were over. By the end of the 1940s, the team finished last five times. This crash was due to several reasons. Lester Patrick was n't very lucky when dealing with the team's rookies . So too few young players came into the team. Also Gordie Howe , who had taken part in the training camp of the Rangers, was scared. Patrick was tough in contract negotiations with experienced players and some veterans left the team. The Second World War hit no team as hard as the Rangers. Muzz Patrick , Art Coulter and brothers Neil and Mac Colville were just a few of the many players who swapped their Rangers jerseys for military uniforms. The goalkeepers who were signed as replacements were the biggest mistakes. Steve Buzinski was in goal for the Rangers for nine games in the 1942/43 season . Lester Patrick described the slight man as the weakest goalkeeper he had ever seen. The short time was enough for a nickname, "the Puck Goes Inski" . In the following season, the team relied on Ken McCauley . He conceded his first goal after 15 seconds. At the end of the season, McCauley, who was in goal in all 50 games, had 310 goals against. It was only when the California Golden Seals had to accept 320 in 78 games in the 1970/71 season that this mark was exceeded. But it wasn't just McCauley who was to blame for the poor performance. The Rangers used 32 players this year, 14 of whom played less than twelve games. Coach Frank Boucher also returned to the ice five years after he had ended his career and was ahead of many others on the scorer list despite only 15 games. One ray of hope was Buddy O'Connor , who had been brought in from Montréal . With the Rangers he could emerge from the shadow of Elmer Lach . In the 1948/49 season he missed the title of top scorer by just one point.

Gump Worsley , with the Rangers between 1952 and 1963

The often weak squad in the 1940s offered young players the opportunity to play themselves in the foreground. In these years, a Rangers player was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy four times as the best rookie of the season . Among them were Edgar Laprade in 1946 and with Pentti Lund in 1949 also the first NHL player to be born in Finland . However, Lund had moved to Canada with his parents at the age of six. Lund prevailed as the best rookie against his teammate Allan Stanley .

In 1950 the team made it back into the playoffs and even reached the final, but the Detroit Red Wings led by Gordie Howe won the series in seven games. Since the finals were not expected, Madison Square Garden was rented to a circus and so the home games in the final series could not be played in New York, but the team had to move to Toronto. During this time, James E. Norris , the owner of the Detroit Red Wings, also became the largest shareholder in Madison Square Garden.

The problems in the goalkeeping position that had existed in the past were resolved. With Chuck Rayner you had one of the best goalkeepers in the NHL around 1950. Another top rookie, Gump Worsley , brought up another good alternative. The comeback of Doug Bentley , who tried again with his brother Max to lead the Rangers into the playoffs , caused a stir in the 1953/54 season . At the end of the season there were four points missing and the Bentleys retired.

At the same time as the team's lack of success, Rangers players were repeatedly awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy , which is awarded for particularly athletic behavior. After Edgar Laprade received this award in 1950, three Rangers players finished second in the poll for this trophy for the next five years. In 1957 and 1958, Camille Henry , who was also the best rookie in 1954, and Andy Hebenton were again two players from New York who won prizes. This sporty behavior was often an obstacle to success. In the 1958/59 season , the Rangers were on a clear playoff course. In the closing stages of the season, the team lost to the Boston Bruins, who had used an ineligible player. Despite urging from coach Phil Watson , John Reed Kilpatrick refrained from protesting and described his behavior as that of a gentleman. After seven defeats in the last eight games, the Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the New York team by one point from the playoffs. From then on, the term gentleman was negatively connoted for Watson and he soon left the Rangers. With Andy Bathgate , the Rangers had one of the best players of the time in their ranks. Another crowd favorite in the late 1950s was Eddie Shack . However, the " enfant terrible " was not very popular with the trainer and the two often clashed.

Doug Harvey , player-coach in the early 1960s

In 1961, the Rangers signed Doug Harvey, the best defender in the league, as a player-coach. Harvey, who came from Montréal, was the first Rangers player to be recognized as best defender with the James Norris Memorial Trophy , but he did not like the dual role of player and coach. The team also brought goalkeeper Jacques Plante from Montréal , who was signed in exchange for Gump Worsley. In addition to star striker Andy Bathgate, a new player was able to establish himself in Rod Gilbert .

The Rangers embarked on a completely new path with the signing of Ulf Sterner . Many players born in Europe had played in the NHL, but all of them had come to North America as children and learned to play ice hockey there. Sterner, who made his debut in the NHL on the 1964/65 season , was the first to try to make the leap into the NHL as a player trained in Europe. After four games in which he failed to score a scorer, he was sent back to the farm team .

The Rangers tried with another former star of the Canadiens to reach the playoffs in the 1965/66 season . You could persuade Bernie Geoffrion to make a comeback. After 1962, he finally made the hoped-for entry into the finals again. The young goalkeeper Eddie Giacomin also played a major role in the good performance .

Renewal of the Rangers (1968 to 1989)

The league, which had played with six teams for 25 years, was expanded to twelve teams and the Rangers began a renewal. The Rangers moved to the new Madison Square Garden in 1968 and the team was also rebuilt. The top scorers at the Rangers at the time were Jean Ratelle , Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield . The three formed the so-called "GAG-Line" based on their regular point production, abbreviated for goal-a-game ( Eng . Goal per game ). With Brad Park there was also an excellent defender on the team. The upheaval had positive consequences. In the 1971 playoffs, the Rangers were barely defeated by the Chicago Black Hawks . Three of the seven games went into overtime . Pete Stemkowski was able to decide two of these games through goals in overtime for the Rangers, including one of the longest games in Rangers history, which could only be decided in the third section of extra time. The following year, Jean Ratelle was injured late in the season. He was well on his way to becoming the season’s top scorer when an elbow injury ended the season for him. After the Rangers had prevailed against Montréal and Chicago without their most successful attacker, they met in the finals of the Stanley Cup on the Boston Bruins , in which Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, the then outstanding players of the league, were under contract. Orr in particular was unstoppable in the final series and almost single-handedly led his Bruins to the title.

At this time came with the World Hockey Association on a competitive league to the NHL. Hardly any other team was more affected than the Rangers. Nick Mileti, the owner of the Cleveland Crusaders , attracted Park, Hadfield, and Gilbert with huge salary offers. The Rangers held back, increasing the team's total salary from $ 750,000 to $ 2 million. At the gates of Manhattan there was another multifunctional hall on Long Island in which the WHA tried to establish a team. The NHL decided to settle a new team there and so the Rangers got a local competitor with the New York Islanders . The Rangers received four million dollars for the assignment of their "territorial rights". The attempts of the WHA to establish a team in New York were short-lived. The New York Raiders soon moved to New Jersey, where they only stayed for a short time.

In the 1973/74 season , the Rangers met in the playoffs in a competitive semi-final series on the Philadelphia Flyers . While the Rangers came up with finesse and wit, the Flyers relied on physical effort and hardness. Surprisingly, the Rangers opposed this and were not intimidated by the Flyers. Only in the seventh game, when Dave Schultz involved Dale Rolfe , who had been left completely alone by his teammates, in a fight, the series tipped in favor of the Flyers, who won the Stanley Cup as the first expansion team that year .

In the 1975 playoffs at the latest , the Rangers realized that the Islanders had quickly grown into an equal opponent. For the first time, the two New York teams met in the finals. A goal in overtime by Jean-Paul Parisé shocked the Rangers, who were eliminated. A swap caused a stir at the beginning of the following season. After Bobby Orr was plagued by injuries, the Boston Bruins were looking for a new defense chief and tried to win Brad Park over. When he moved to Boston with Jean Ratelle, Phil Esposito, one of the best attackers of his time, came to New York. It took the new star some time to make friends with the new team, but even though his career peak was already behind him, Esposito was an asset to the Rangers. However, the commitment of Ken Hodge , who also came from Boston, was very much criticized . Hodge was also over his zenith and with Rick Middleton the Rangers gave an attacker to Boston, who became one of the top scorers there. The biggest uproar, however, caused the Rangers to deport their goalkeeper Eddie Giacomin to the Detroit Red Wings for no consideration. Giacomin had been an identification figure on the team. In the first game after his move he made a guest appearance with his new team at Madison Square Garden. The fans celebrated him with chants and his former teammates obviously had a problem shooting at his goal. In the 6-4 victory of the Red Wings, the Rangers' goal scorers did without the usual goal celebration, one even apologized to him.

When the WHA lost in solvency towards the end of the 1970s, the Rangers signed from this league with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson two Swedish players who strengthened the team. In the 1978/79 season Nilsson was seriously injured by a check from Islanders defender Denis Potvin . Potvin, who had previously been unpopular with the Rangers, has been the enemy in Manhattan ever since. The local rivals met again in the semi-finals. The Islanders were the favorite this time around and some players seemed to be thinking of the final. The outstanding player in the Rangers was goalkeeper John Davidson , who was subsequently denied a great career due to numerous injuries. He helped his team to reach the final, in which the Canadiens de Montréal were opponents. After a ten week injury break, the Rangers were able to count on Ulf Nilsson, who returned to the squad and helped the Rangers with a strong performance in their 4-1 win in their first game. In the second game, the Canadiens wanted to use substitute goalkeeper Michel Larocque , but he was injured by a shot while warming up. Regular goalkeeper Ken Dryden initially lacked concentration, but after conceding two quick goals he surpassed himself and so the Canadiens managed to turn the game first and then the series. In the fifth game, Montréal won the decisive fourth victory.

For the next four years, the Stanley Cup winners always came from New York, but it was the Islanders who now dominated the NHL. The Rangers had slipped to number two in town, although their performance hadn't been bad. The team only missed the playoffs once in the 1980s. There was also a new neighbor. With the New Jersey Devils , who had moved to the region from Denver , the New York Metropolitan Area now hosted a third team in the NHL.

In the game against the Los Angeles Kings on April 9, 1981 in Los Angeles, there was a penalty minute world record. The referees imposed 58 penalties on 25 players with a total of 267 penalty minutes.

In the 1985/86 season , the young goalkeeper John Vanbiesbrouck helped the Rangers knock out the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals in the playoffs . In the semifinals, the Canadiens were the opponents, who also bet on a young goalkeeper. Patrick Roy stopped the Rangers' good run. For the 1986/87 season , the Rangers signed Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers achieved a great coup with the signing of Guy Lafleur . The former Canadiens star had resigned three years earlier and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame three days before joining the Rangers . Lafleur hadn't gotten to grips with his life out of the limelight and was looking for a new challenge the Rangers offered him. At the end of the season there was an open dispute between coach Michel Bergeron , who was not particularly popular with young players because of his interactions, and general manager Phil Esposito , in whose wake Esposito took over the coaching post. After the end of the season, Lafleur followed his coach Bergeron to the Québec Nordiques .

Return of the Stanley Cup, sporty downturns and personal changes (1990–2011)

Wayne Gretzky in the Rangers jersey

For the 1991/92 season , Mark Messier, a new leader was committed by the Edmonton Oilers . While the Los Angeles Kings to Wayne Gretzky many players of the former Stanley Cup -Seriensiegers to the piloted US West Coast and the nickname "Edmonton Oilers West" received, did them there the Rangers in the East equal and were considered "Edmonton Oilers East" referred . The signing of Kevin Lowe , Glenn Anderson , Jeff Beukeboom , Adam Graves , Craig MacTavish and Esa Tikkanen , all of whom, like Messier, had already won the Oilers Stanley Cup, paid off. In the 1993/94 season , the New York Rangers won the prestigious title again for the first time in 54 years. In the squad were Alexander Karpovzew , Sergei Subow , Alexei Kowaljow and Sergei Nemtschinow, the first four Russians whose name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Despite the success, there was a dispute between coach Mike Keenan and General Manager Neil Smith , whereupon Keenan left the Rangers. The Rangers rebuilt their team after the success and signed stars like Luc Robitaille and for the 1996/97 season even Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky played for the Blueshirts with Messier for a year before he was given to the Vancouver Canucks . Despite a large number of prestigious new signings and the highest salary budget in the league, the Rangers failed to build on the sporting successes from previous years. In the following years, too, attempts were in vain to stabilize the team with highly regarded newcomers such as Theoren Fleury , Eric Lindros and the return of Mark Messier in 2000. At the end of the 2001/02 season they also took Pawel Bure of the Florida Panthers under contract, who, however, only played 51 games for the Rangers due to injury and then ended his career.

After the Rangers missed the play-offs again in the 2000/01 , 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons , the organization around General Manager Glen Sather decided at the end of the 2003/04 season to make another change in personnel and parted ways with the former High achievers such as Brian Leetch , Alex Kovalev and Lindros, as well as Messier and Bure, ended their careers. Under the new head coach Tom Renney , the company started signing a number of promising talents, including Petr Průcha , Dominic Moore and Blair Betts . The 2005/06 season saw the best main round result since the last Stanley Cup win, with Jaromir Jagr, who was newly signed before the season, with 54 goals and a total of 123 scorer points, the best player in a season in the history of Rangers and consequently won the Lester B. Pearson Award for Most Outstanding Player in the League. After reaching the play-offs for the first time in seven years, they were eliminated in the first round with four defeats in four games against the New Jersey Devils . After the team initially played below the sporting expectations at the beginning of the 2006/07 season , they were able to stabilize in the second half of the season, in particular due to the good performance of goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist . In the play-offs the Blueshirts first met the Atlanta Thrashers , against whom they prevailed in four games, before they lost 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabers in the second round of the series . In the summer of 2007, the Rangers made two financially strong and athletically expectant transfers with the commitments of the two attackers Scott Gomez and Chris Drury , but the team did not make it through the first play-off round in the 2007/08 season despite being the favorite in the run-up out and had to admit defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games.

In the run-up to the 2008/09 season , the Rangers won the final of the Victoria Cup against the Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk and then played their first two games of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the season opening in Europe, in which they could both win 2-1 . The good start to the season was overshadowed by the death of Alexei Tscherepanow , whose transfer rights the organization had secured a year earlier in the NHL Entry Draft in the first round. After the Rangers got increasingly into a sporting decline in the course of the season, head coach Renney was dismissed and replaced by John Tortorella . In the play-offs they were eliminated again in the first round, although they were 3-1 ahead in the series against the Washington Capitals . The following year , the team missed the finals for the first time in five years after losing the crucial final game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in the shootout . In the 2010/11 season there was another decision in the last main round encounter, this time the Rangers won their game against the New Jersey Devils and moved into the play-offs due to the simultaneous defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes . There they did not get past the first round again and had to admit defeat to the Washington Capitals for the second time in three years.

Promotion to the top of the league (since 2011)

At the beginning of the 2011/12 season , Ryan Callahan was appointed as the new team captain and Marc Staal and the newly signed Brad Richards were his assistants . The subsequent season was largely successful for the Rangers, they finished the main round with 51 wins in first place in the Eastern Conference . In particular, attacker Marián Gáborík was instrumental in the successful performance of his team with 41 goals in 82 games of the season. In the first play-off round , the New Yorkers initially won against the Ottawa Senators and beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the following series , so that they reached the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 1997 . There, the Blueshirts lost in six games against rivals New Jersey and thus missed the entry into the final series of the Stanley Cup. In the 2012/13 season there were some personnel changes within the team, for example, during the summer break, former NHL top scorer Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets was signed and Gáborík was left shortly before the end of the transfer deadline in exchange for Derick Brassard , Derek Dorsett and John Moore move to Columbus. After the first round against the Boston Bruins , head coach John Tortorella was dismissed in June 2013 and then replaced by Alain Vigneault .

After the club management could not agree on a contract extension with Ryan Callahan, the captain was transferred to the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2014 , in exchange Martin St. Louis moved to the Rangers. In the main round of the 2013/14 season , the New Yorkers won 25 away games for the first time in their history and then met the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the play-offs , who were defeated 4-3 in the series. In the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins , the Rangers managed to turn a 1: 3 deficit in a best-of-seven series for the first time. They prevailed 4-3 and then won the Eastern Conference final in six games against the Montreal Canadiens . With this success, the New York Rangers stood for the first time in 20 years in the Stanley Cup final , where they had to admit defeat in the series against the Los Angeles Kings 1: 4.

In the summer of 2014 one to the contract with chose Brad Richards pay out early (buy-out) with respect to then more financial leeway applicable, content restriction (salary cap) to have. At the beginning of the 2014/15 season , Ryan McDonagh was appointed the new captain and then led the team through a successful main round. In attack you could benefit in particular from the good offensive performance of the team's internal top scorer Rick Nash and on the defensive from the strong performances of the goalkeeper duo around Lundqvist and Cam Talbot as well as Keith Yandle , who was newly signed during the season . The Blueshirts finished the regular season in first place and thus secured the Presidents' Trophy . In the play-offs you could first beat Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round before turning a 1: 3 deficit in the series against the Washington Capitals in the second round and moving into the final of the Eastern Conference. There they met the Tampa Bay Lightning and missed by a home defeat in the decisive Game 7, the return to the Stanley Cup final.

In the 2017/18 season, the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and then parted ways with head coach Vigneault. In addition, the season was generally characterized by personnel changes and squad rejuvenation, with the transfer of captain Ryan McDonagh to Tampa, which brought the Rangers several young players and draft options , was particularly noteworthy.


The Madison Square Garden

The Rangers have played their home games since February 1968 in Madison Square Garden , an 18,200-seat multifunctional arena . It is the oldest ice rink currently in use in the NHL. The hall has its own television station and describes itself as "The World's Most Famous Arena" ( Eng . "The most famous arena in the world" ).

The current Madison Square Garden is already the fourth hall to bear this name. The first hall to bear this name was built in Madison Square in 1879 . Madison Square Garden II followed just eleven years later. The name was retained when Tex Rickard , the first owner of the Rangers, opened the new hall on the corner of 50th Street and 8th Avenue in 1925. For some time another NHL team played in the Garden with the New York Americans . In 1968 the company moved to Pennsylvania Station .

Since the garden with its current equipment is no longer at eye level with the new arenas, extensive renovation work is planned.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Banner of the first Stanley Cup in 1928
Stanley Cups
1927/28 , 1932/33 , 1939/40 , 1993/94
Presidents' Trophies
1991/92 , 1993/94 , 2014/15
Conference Championships season
Prince of Wales Trophy 1931/32 , 1941/42 , 1993/94 , 2013/14
Division Championships season
American Division 1926/27 , 1931/32
Patrick Division 1989/90
Atlantic Division 1993/94 , 2011/12 , 2013/14
Metropolitan Division 2014/15
Victoria Cups

* In the time of the " Original Six " only one division was played. The
best team of the regular season received the Prince of Wales Trophy .

The second title followed in 1933

Individual awards

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy : Jean Ratelle became the first Rangers player to receive the trophy in 1971 for his tough but clean game in a 20 year career. Returning after a serious back injury, Rod Gilbert won the trophy in 1976. The first European winner, Anders Hedberg, was also a ranger in 1985. So far the last winner of the Rangers was Dominic Moore in 2014. Moore returned after a break in which he cared for his wife, who had cancer and who has since passed away.

Calder Memorial Trophy : From 1940 to 1954, six Rangers players managed to be named the best rookie. Including Pentti Lund, the first player born in Europe and Gump Worsley, the third goalkeeper in four years.

Conn Smythe Trophy : The award for the most valuable player in the playoffs was won once by a New York Rangers player. Brian Leetch was awarded this trophy after winning the first Stanley Cup since 1940.

Hart Memorial Trophy : Buddy O'Connor, just signed from Montreal, was the first ranger to be named Most Valuable Player in the NHL in 1948. Chuck Rayner was only the second goalkeeper to receive this award in 1950. After Andy Bathgate, it took more than 30 years until Mark Messier, a Rangers player, was the most valuable NHL player again.

James Norris Memorial Trophy : Doug Harvey was the reigning title holder from Montreal and he defended his title, which he received for the seventh time. Much more surprising was the award for Harry Howell in 1967. Brian Leetch even managed to win two awards for best defender in the 1990s.

King Clancy Memorial Trophy : Adam Graves is the only winner from among the Rangers so far. He was honored for his commitment to social programs.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy : Frank Boucher was the third winner of this trophy. She has been honored seven times in eight years. This impressed the namesake Lady Byng so much that he was allowed to keep the trophy. Clint Smith was the first ranger to receive the new trophy in 1939. The first multiple winner of the rangers was Jean Ratelle in 1972 and 1976. At the end of his career in 1999 Wayne Gretzky was once again a winner.

Lester B. Pearson Award : In the second year this trophy was presented, Jean Ratelle was the first Rangers player to receive it. Jaromír Jágr, the last Rangers winner to date, had won the trophy twice during his time in Pittsburgh.

Lester Patrick Trophy : So far, thirteen people who belonged to the Rangers organization have been honored for their commitment to ice hockey in the USA. With Lester Patrick, the personalities from the first years of the Rangers is the namesake of the trophy. His son Lynn is one of the winners.

Maurice Richard Trophy : This award has only been given to the NHL's top scorer since 1999. Since then, no Rangers player has managed to win this trophy. In the early years, the Rangers were often the top scorer. Bill Cook and Bryan Hextall even topped the scorers list twice.

NHL Foundation Player Award : The NHL leadership honors players who are particularly committed to charitable causes in society. Adam Graves received this award in 2000

NHL Plus / Minus Award : In 2006, Michal Rozsíval was the first player to win thetrophy for the player with the best plus / minus value, an indicator of both offensive and defensive skills. However, he had to share this with Ottawa's Wade Redden .

Vezina Trophy : The trophy awarded until 1981 for the fewest goals conceded, which has been given to the best goalkeeper in the NHL since 1982, was given to Dave Kerr in 1940. In 1970 it was the goalkeeping team Giacomin and Villemure that accepted the award for the Rangers. The last ranger to receive this award was Henrik Lundqvist in 2012.

NHL All-Rookie Team : Rangers players made it into the selection with the best new professionals. In the selection for the 1988/89 season there were even two players from the squad: Brian Leetch and Tony Granato.

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

From the ranks of the Rangers, 62 field players and seven goalkeepers were in the squad of one of the two All-Star teams. This also takes into account the three benefit games that were played before the introduction of the NHL All-Star Game . The field players came to 129 missions, in which they scored 31 goals and 53 assists. The goalkeepers also bring in 19 missions. Five rookies or sophomores of the Rangers were in the squad of the YoungStars Game, which was played from 2002 to 2009.

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Rod Gilbert 1964-1977 8th 0 3 3
Brian Leetch 1990-2002 8th 0 2 2
Andy Bathgate 1957-1963 7th 3 2 5
Brad Park 1970-1975 6th 0 2 2
Harry Howell 1954-1968 6th 0 1 1
Eddie Giacomin 1967-1973 6th - - -
Mark Messier 1992-2004 5 3 7th 10
Bill Gadsby 1988-1996 5 0 0 0
Edgar Laprade 1947-1950 4th 0 2 2
Jean Ratelle 1970-1973 4th 1 0 1
Tony Leswick 1947-1950 4th 0 0 0

At the 2003 All-Star Game , the fans voted Brian Leetch onto the starting grid, but before his ninth participation he was injured and had to cancel. He has to share most of the nominations with Rod Gilbert , who also took part in eight All-Star Games. The most successful player in the selection games is Mark Messier with ten points.

Before the official All-Star Games, there were three benefit games in which Rangers players also took part. The first, the Ace Bailey Benefit Game , featured two Rangers players, Ching Johnson and Bill Cook . The team was coached by Lester Patrick , the only Rangers coach to ever coach an All-Star team.

The 1st National Hockey League All-Star Game took place in 1947 with three Rangers players. Tony Leswick went to the penalty box in the first third, Grant Warwick set up a goal from his teammate Edgar Laprade .

In the early years, the Stanley Cup winner was always the host of the All-Star Game. The defending champion was often also an opponent of the All-Star team. Only after this regulation was lifted was an all-star game played in New York in 1973 . In 1994 the Rangers hosted again at Madison Square Garden .

Some Rangers players also hold records or have been involved in the NHL All-Star Game. Wayne Gretzky leads the eternal scorer list with 25 points. Six of them come from when he was playing on Broadway. He also scored one of his 13 goals during this time, a record he shares with Mario Lemieux . Mike Gartner scored four goals in one game in 1993 . This record, which Gretzky first set in 1983, managed three more games. He scored the first two goals in the first third after 3:15 and 3:27 minutes. It was the fastest two goals by a player from the start of a game and from the start of a third. Only twice did a player score two goals less than 22 seconds apart.

With Don Maloney (1984), Mike Gartner (1993), Wayne Gretzky (1999) and Marián Gáborík (2012) a player of the Rangers was four times the most valuable player of the All-Star-Game.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the 1972 Summit Series , Brad Park , Rod Seiling , Rod Gilbert , Vic Hadfield and Jean Ratelle from the Rangers were on the roster. At the 1979 Challenge Cup , the Rangers were represented by Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson . Ron Greschner was also in the squad, but was not used. As with the first two series, at Rendez-vous '87 the Soviet national team was opponent of the NHL team that competed with Tomas Sandström .

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Harry Howell 1,160
Most consecutive games Andy Hebenton 560 (October 7, 1955 to March 24, 1963)
Most goals Rod Gilbert 406
Most templates Brian Leetch 741
Most of the points Rod Gilbert 1,021 (406 goals + 615 assists)
Most penalty minutes Ron Greschner 1,226
Most shutouts Henrik Lundqvist * 64

* active player of the Rangers; Status after the end of the 2019/20 season


Surname number season
Most goals Jaromír Jágr 54 2005/06
Most templates Brian Leetch 80 1991/92
Most of the points Jaromír Jágr 123 (54 goals + 69 assists) 2005/06
Most points as a rookie Mark Pavelich 76 (33 goals + 43 assists) 1981/82
Most points as a defender Brian Leetch 102 (22 goals + 80 assists) 1991/92
Most penalty minutes Troy Mallette 305 1989/90
Most wins as a goalkeeper Mike Richter 42 1993/94


Early years and "Original Six" (1926 to 1965)

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats
after overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Lester Patrick 1926 / 27-1938 / 39 604 281 216 107 669 .465 16 8th 8th
Frank Boucher 1939 / 40–1948 / 49 * 487 167 243 77 411 .343 6th 2 4th
Lynn Patrick 1948/49 * -1949/50 107 40 51 16 96 .374 - - -
Neil Colville 1950 / 51–1951 / 52 * 93 26th 41 26th 78 .280 - - -
Bill Cook 1951/52 * -1952 / 53 117 34 59 24 92 .291 4th 0 4th
Frank Boucher 1953/54 * 40 14th 20th 6th 34 .350 29 13 16
Muzz Patrick 1953/54 * –1954/55 100 32 46 22nd 86 .320 - - -
Phil Watson 1955 / 56–1959 / 60 * 295 119 124 52 290 .403 23 16 7th
Muzz Patrick 1959/60 * 2 0 1 1 1 .000 - - -
Alf Pike 1959/60 * - 1960/61 123 36 66 21st 93 .293 36 18th 18th
Doug Harvey 1961/62 70 26th 32 12 64 .371 - - -
Muzz Patrick 1962/63 * 34 11 19th 4th 26th .324 - - -
George Sullivan 1962/63 * -1965/66 196 58 103 35 151 .296 - - -

* Change during the current season

The Rangers' early years were noticeably calm in terms of coaching. For over ten years, Lester Patrick was the man behind the Rangers gang. Given his key role in the franchise, where he was also general manager at the time, a change would have been a big surprise. He was followed by the long-standing head of the team, Frank Boucher , who a short time later also took on the role of General Manager. It was only after Boucher withdrew from his position behind the gang that things got changeable and three years later Boucher returned briefly behind the gang. Lester Patrick's sons, Lynn and Muzz, were among the coaches of that time . With Doug Harvey one of the best players in the league had been brought in, who was active as a player-coach for a year, but then only played at his own request and gave up the coaching position.

Expansion years (1965 to 1989)

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Emile Francis 1965/66 * –1968/69 194 82 82 30th 194 .423 10 2 8th
Bernie Geoffrion 1969/70 * 43 22nd 18th 3 47 .512 - - -
Emile Francis 1969/70 * -1972 / 73 343 201 88 54 456 .586 49 24 25th
Larry Popein 1973/74 * 41 18th 14th 9 45 .439 - - -
Emile Francis 1973/74 * -1974 / 75 37 22nd 10 5 137 .595 16 8th 8th
Ron Stewart 1975/76 * 39 15th 20th 4th 34 .385 - - -
John Ferguson 1975/76 * -1976 / 77 121 43 59 19th 105 .355 - - -
Jean-Guy Talbot 1977/78 80 30th 37 13 73 .375 3 1 2
Fred Shero 1978 / 79–1980 / 81 * 180 82 74 24 188 .456 27 15th 12
Craig Patrick 1980/81 * 60 26th 23 11 63 .433 14th 7th 7th
Herb Brooks 1981 / 82–1984 / 85 * 285 131 113 41 303 .460 24 12 12
Craig Patrick 1984/85 * 35 11 22nd 2 24 .314 3 0 3
Ted Sator 1985 / 86–1986 / 87 * 99 41 48 10 92 .414 16 8th 8th
Tom Webster 1986/87 * 18th 5 9 4th 14th .278 - - -
Phil Esposito 1986/87 * 43 24 19th 0 48 .558 6th 2 4th
Michel Bergeron 1987 / 88–1988 / 89 * 158 73 67 18th 164 .462 - - -
Phil Esposito 1988/89 * 2 0 2 0 0 1.00 4th 0 4th

This twenty-year phase is divided between four general managers, most of whom were coaches themselves. The last coach of the " Original Six " years was Emile Francis . Francis tried twice to be supported by a head coach, but neither Bernie Geoffrion nor Larry Popein stayed in their posts until the end of each season. His successor, John Ferguson , was soon behind the gang himself. With Jean-Guy Talbot, he signed a coach who stayed at least a full season. His successor Fred Shero , who had won the Stanley Cup twice with the Philadelphia Flyers , also took on the role of general manager during his first coaching season. In both positions, Shero was replaced by Craig Patrick . Patrick continued a family tradition. He is the grandson of Lester Patrick , the Rangers' first trainer and general manager. His father, Lynn, and his uncle, Muzz, were previously employed by the Rangers as coaches. Craig Patrick only coached briefly twice. Most of the time Herb Brooks , the trainer of the " Miracle on Ice " , trained the rangers. He was only the third coach in Rangers history who was not general manager and was in office at the start of four consecutive seasons.

Present (since 1989)

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Roger Neilson 1989 / 90–1992 / 93 * 280 141 104 35 - 317 .504 29 13 16
Ron Smith 1992/93 * 44 15th 22nd 7th - 37 .341 - - -
Mike Keenan 1993/94 84 52 24 8th - 112 .619 23 16 7th
Colin Campbell 1994 / 95–1997 / 98 * 269 118 108 43 - 279 .439 36 18th 18th
John Muckler 1997/98 * –1999 / 00 * 185 70 88 24 3 167 .378 - - -
John Tortorella 1999/00 * 4th 0 3 1 0 1 .125 - - -
Ron Low 2000/01–2001/02 164 69 81 9 5 152 .420 - - -
Bryan Trottier 2002/03 * 54 21st 26th 6th 1 49 .389 - - -
Glen Sather 2002 / 03–2003 / 04 * 90 33 39 11 7th 84 .367 - - -
Tom Renney 2003/04 * - 2008/09 * 327 164 121 0 42 370 .566 24 11 13
John Tortorella 2008/09 * –2012 / 13 315 171 115 - 29 371 .588 44 19th 25th
Alain Vigneault 2013 / 14–2017 / 18 410 226 147 - 37 489 .596 61 31 30th
David Quinn since 2018/19 152 69 64 - 19th 157 .516 3 0 3

Many coaches followed, staying briefly on Broadway . Also, Mike Keenan , who after many years back the Stanley Cup brought to New York, did not survive the team after winning the title. The last longest active head coach, Tom Renney , looked after the team between the 2003/04 and 2008/09 seasons . He was replaced during the season by John Tortorella , who began his second term in New York after coaching the team for four games in the 1999/2000 season . Tortorella looked after the team until the end of the 2012/13 season when he was replaced by Alain Vigneault . Vigneault led the team to the 2014 Stanley Cup final, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings. After the 2017/18 season, in which he missed the playoffs for the first time, he was relieved of his duties and replaced by David Quinn .

General manager

Surname season
Conn Smythe 1926
Lester Patrick 1926 / 27–1945 / 46
Frank Boucher 1946 / 47–1954 / 55
Muzz Patrick 1955 / 56–1963 / 64
Emile Francis 1964 / 65–1975 / 76 *
John Ferguson 1975/76 * –1978 / 79 *
Surname season
Fred Shero 1978/79 * –1980 / 81 *
Craig Patrick 1980/81 * -1985 / 86
Phil Esposito 1986 / 87-1988 / 89
Neil Smith 1989 / 90-1999 / 00
Glen Sather 2000/01–2014 / 15
Jeff Gorton since 2015/16

* Change during the current season


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
40 RussiaRussia BulgariaBulgaria Alexander Georgiev G February 10, 1996 2017 Russian , Bulgaria
30th SwedenSweden Henrik Lundqvist G 0March 2, 1982 2005 Are , Sweden
77 United StatesUnited States Anthony DeAngelo D. October 24, 1995 2017 Sewell , New Jersey , USA
23 United StatesUnited States Adam Fox D. February 17, 1998 2019 Jericho , New York , USA
55 United StatesUnited States Ryan Lindgren D. February 11, 1998 2018 Burnsville , Minnesota , USA
42 CanadaCanada Brendan Smith D. 0February 8, 1989 2017 Mimico , Ontario , Canada
18th CanadaCanada Marc StaalA. D. January 13, 1987 2007 Thunder Bay , Ontario , Canada
8th United StatesUnited States Jacob Trouba D. February 26, 1994 2019 Rochester , Michigan , USA
89 RussiaRussia Pavel Butnevich LW April 17, 1995 2016 Cherepovets , Russia
72 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Filip Chytil C. 0September 5, 1999 2017 Kroměříž , Czech Republic
17th SwedenSweden Jesper FastA. RW 02nd December 1991 2012 Nässjö , Sweden
12 CanadaCanada Julien Gauthier RW October 15, 1997 2020 Pointe-aux-Trembles , Quebec , Canada
38 CanadaCanada Michael Haley C. March 30, 1986 2019 Guelph , Ontario , Canada
21st CanadaCanada Brett Howden C. March 29, 1998 2018 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
24 FinlandFinland Kaapo Kakko RW February 13, 2001 2019 Turku , Finland
20th United StatesUnited States Chris KreiderA LW April 30, 1991 2012 Boxford , Massachusetts , USA
48 Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Brendan Lemieux LW March 15, 1996 2019 Denver , Colorado , USA
14th CanadaCanada Greg McKegg C. 17th June 1992 2019 St. Thomas , Ontario , Canada
10 RussiaRussia Artemi Panarin LW October 30, 1991 2019 Korkino , Russian SFSR
16 CanadaCanada Ryan Strome C. July 11, 1993 2018 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada
93 SwedenSweden Mika ZibanejadA. C. April 18, 1993 2016 Huddinge , Sweden

Team captains

year Surname
1926-1937 Bill Cook
1937-1942 Kind of Coulter
1942-1945 Ehrhardt Heller
1945-1948 Neil Colville
1949-1950 Buddy O'Connor
1950-1951 Frank Eddolls
1951-1953 Allan Stanley
1953-1955 Don Raleigh
1955-1957 Harry Howell
1957-1961 George Sullivan
1961-1964 Andy Bathgate
1964-1965 Camille Henry
1965-1971 Bob Nevin
1971-1974 Vic Hadfield
1974-1975 Brad Park
year Surname
1975-1988 Phil Esposito
1978-1980 Dave Maloney
1980-1981 Walt Tkaczuk
1981-1986 Barry Beck
1986-1987 Ron Greschner
1987-1991 Kelly Kisio
1991-1997 Mark Messier
1997-2000 Brian Leetch
2000-2004 Mark Messier
2005-2006 no captain
2006-2008 Jaromír Jágr
2008-2011 Chris Drury
2011-2014 Ryan Callahan
2014-2018 Ryan McDonagh

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Surname Recording date position
Glenn Anderson November 10, 2008 player
Andy Bathgate 1978 player
Doug Bentley 1964 player
Max Bentley 1966 player
Frank Boucher 1958 player
Johnny Bower 1976 player
Pavel Bure 2012 player
Neil Colville 1967 player
Bill Cook 1952 player
Bun Cook 1995 player
Kind of Coulter 1974 player
Marcel Dionne 1992 player
Dick Duff November 13, 2006 player
Phil Esposito 1984 player
Bill Gadsby 1970 player
Mike Gartner November 12, 2001 player
Bernie Geoffrion 1972 player
Eddie Giacomin 1987 player
Rod Gilbert 1972 player
Wayne Gretzky November 22, 1999 player
Doug Harvey 1973 player
Bryan Hextall 1969 player
Tim Horton 1977 player
Harry Howell 1979 player
Ching Johnson 1958 player
Jari Kurri November 12, 2001 player
Surname Recording date position
Guy Lafleur 1988 player
Pat LaFontaine November 3, 2003 player
Edgar Laprade 1993 player
Eric Lindros November 14, 2016 player
Brian Leetch November 9, 2009 player
Harry Lumley 1980 player
Mark Messier November 12, 2007 player
Howie Morenz 1945 player
Buddy O'Connor 1988 player
Brad Park 1988 player
Lester Patrick 1947 player
Lynn Patrick 1980 player
Jacques Plante 1978 player
Babe Pratt 1966 player
Jean Ratelle 1985 player
Chuck Rayner 1973 player
Luc Robitaille November 9, 2009 player
Terry Sawchuk 1971 player
Earl Seibert 1963 player
Brendan Shanahan 2013 player
Fred Shero 2013 Trainer
Babe Siebert 1964 player
Clint Smith 1991 player
Allan Stanley 1981 player
Martin St. Louis 2018 player
Gump Worsley 1980 player

Blocked jersey numbers

In 1979, Gilbert's 7 was the Rangers' first banned number, followed by Giacomin's 1 in 1989
Brian Leetch and Mike Richter played together for the Rangers for a long time

These shirt numbers hang as banners in Madison Square Garden and are no longer given to any New York Rangers player. The shirt number 99 has generally been blocked in the NHL in honor of Wayne Gretzky .

No. Surname Blocking date
1 Eddie Giacomin March 15, 1989
2 Brian Leetch January 24, 2008
3 Harry Howell February 22, 2009
7th Rod Gilbert October 14, 1979
9 Adam Graves February 3, 2009
Andy Bathgate February 22, 2009
11 Mark Messier January 12, 2006
Vic Hadfield 2nd December 2018
19th Jean Ratelle February 25, 2018
35 Mike Richter February 4, 2004
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Surname year Draft position
André Dupont 1969 8th.
Steve Vickers 1971 10.
Al Blanchard 1972 10.
Don Murdoch 1976 6th
Lucien DeBlois 1977 8th.
James Patrick 1981 9.
Ulf Dahlén 1985 7th
Brian Leetch 1986 9.
Surname year Draft position
Jayson More 1987 10.
Niklas Sundström 1993 8th.
Manny Malhotra 1998 7th
Pavel Brendl 1999 4th
Jamie Lundmark 9.
Dan Blackburn 2001 10.
Al Montoya 2004 6th
Dylan McIlrath 2010 10.
Surname year Draft position
Lias Andersson 2017 7th
Vitaly Kravtsov 2018 9.
Kaapo Kakko 2019 2.

Players from the early draft years 1963 to 1968 are not listed here.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best point collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2019/20 regular season and the 2020 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Rod Gilbert RW 1960 / 61-1977 / 78 1065 406 615 1021 0.95
Brian Leetch D. 1987 / 88-2003 / 04 1129 240 741 981 0.86
Jean Ratelle C. 1960 / 61-1975 / 76 862 336 481 817 0.94
Andy Bathgate RW 1952/53 719 272 457 729 1.01
1953 / 54–1963 / 64
Mark Messier C. 1991 / 92-1996 / 97 698 250 441 691 0.98
Walt Tkaczuk C. 1967 / 68–1980 / 81 945 227 451 678 0.71
Ron Greschner D. 1974 / 75-1989 / 90 982 179 431 610 0.62
Steve Vickers LW 1972 / 73-1981 / 82 698 246 340 586 0.83
Vic Hadfield LW 1961 / 62–1973 / 74 839 262 310 572 0.68
Adam Graves LW 1991 / 92-2000 / 01 772 280 227 507 0.65


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Brian Leetch D. 82 28 61 89 1.08
Mark Messier C. 70 29 51 80 1.14
Rod Gilbert RW 79 34 33 67 0.84
Don Maloney LW 85 22nd 35 57 0.67
Walt Tkaczuk C. 93 19th 32 51 0.54
Steve Vickers LW 68 24 25th 49 0.72
Derek Stepan C. 97 19th 30th 49 0.51
Ron Greschner D. 84 17th 32 49 0.58
Ron Duguay C. 69 28 19th 47 0.68
Hedberg is different RW 58 22nd 24 46 0.79

Web links

Commons : New York Rangers  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mike Ozanian: The NHL's Most Valuable Teams. Forbes, November 24, 2015, accessed December 1, 2015 .
  2. Legends of Hockey, [1]  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. Rangers sign top-tier centers Drury, Gomez
  4. Peca Would Complete Renovation of Ranger Offense
  5. NHL notes: Renney rendered by Rangers
  6. Callahan Fills Drury's Role as Captain of Rangers
  7. Nash traded to Rangers in five-player deal
  8. Rangers trade Marian Gaborik
  9. Rangers hire new coach Vigneault with 5-year deal
  10. Martin St. Louis traded to Rangers for Ryan Callahan, picks
  11. Brad Richards bought out by Rangers
  12. Ryan McDonagh Rangers captain named