|New York Rangers|
|History||New York Rangers
1926 - present
|Home Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|City||New York City, New York|
|Colors||Blue, Red and White|
|Owner(s)||Madison Square Garden, L.P.
( James Dolan, chairman)
|General Manager||Glen Sather|
|Head Coach||Tom Renney|
|Minor League Affiliates||Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Mississippi RiverKings (CHL)
|Stanley Cups||1927–28, 1932–33, 1939–40, 1993–94|
|Division Championships||1926–27, 1931–32, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94|
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The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, and playing in the National Hockey League. They were founded in 1926, have been one of the Original Six teams and won 4 times the Stanley Cup, in 1928, 1933, 1940 and 1994.
In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League. They proved to be a much bigger success than expected, which led Tex Rickard, the leading president of the Madison Square Garden, to consider having a second team in New York City. He was granted a new franchise in 1926. Needing a home for his team, he naturally decided to have them play in the Garden, even though he had promised the Amerks there would be no other hockey team playing in the Garden.
Rickard's new franchise was poised to enter the league in 1926-27. Initially, he intended to name it the New York Giants (just like the football team, created one year earlier in the NFL by Tim Mara). The name was however never officially adopted. The New York press soon began nicknaming the team "Tex's Rangers" and this nickname, more original than the "Giants", was adopted, while the latter fell into oblivion.
Tex Rickard put his team in good hands straight from the beginning. He managed to get Conn Smythe, the future legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner, to build the team from scratch. His association with the Rangers didn't last however, as he had a falling out with John S. Hammond, Rickard's hockey man. Smythe was fired, altough with class, as he was given $2,500 to leave, a hefty sum at the time. His replacement was no less stellar: it was Lester Patrick, the co-founder of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. With such competent people taking care of the team, it could not do otherwide than be a winning one. In their very first season, the Rangers won the American Division title; their playoffs run was however short, as the Boston Bruins defeated them. With the team's successes, the players became minor celebrities in the city and became fixtures in the Roaring 20's nightlife. Their famous nickname, the "Broadway Blueshirts", was acquired at that time; the Garden is indeed located only a few blocks away from Time Square.
The Rangers needed only two seasons before claiming hockey's Holy Grail, the Stanley Cup, for the first time after defeating the Montreal Maroons three games to two in the 1927-28 playoffs. These playoffs are remembered for the presence of Lester Patrick in the nets during one of the game, at the age of 44. Back then, it was not required to dress a backup goaltender, and teams usually indeed did without the second goalie. But when Rangers' starter Lorne Chabot found himself injured to his eye during the game, the Rangers were in a bad position. Patrick choose Alex Connell, a skilled NHL goaltender of the original Ottawa Senators, to replace Chabot (Connell indeed happened to be in the attendance on that night). But Maroons' head coach Eddie Gerard vetoed this choice. Unhappy with this decision that handicaped his team, Patrick decided he would go replace Chabot. And so he did, and brilliantly on top of that - in two periods of play, he only allowed one goal, to Maroons' star center Nels Stewart. Frank Boucher scored the winning goal in overtime for New York. The Rangers' first title in his only second season was a record in professional leagues in North America for the fastest title for an expansion team; it's only in 1973 that this record was broken, by a North American Soccer League team, the Philadelphia Atoms, who won the championship on their very first season.
As of February 3rd, 2009. 
|#||Player||Catches||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|30||Henrik Lundqvist||L||2000||Åre, Sweden|
|40||Stephen Valiquette||L||2003||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|#||Player||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|3||Michal Rozsival||R||2005||Vlašim, Czechoslovakia|
|4||Erik Reitz||R||2009||Detroit, Michigan|
|5||Daniel Girardi||R||2006||Welland, Ontario|
|6||Wade Redden||R||2008||Lloydminster, Saskatchewan|
|18||Marc Staal||L||2005||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|27||Paul Mara||L||2007||Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|45||Dmitri Kalinin||L||2008||Chelyabinsk, Russia|
|#||Player||Position||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|10||Nigel Dawes||LW||L||2003||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|13||Nikolai Zherdev||RW||R||2008||Kiev, Ukraine|
|15||Blair Betts||C||L||2004||Edmonton, Alberta|
|17||Brandon Dubinsky||C||L||2004||Anchorage, Alaska|
|19||Scott Gomez||C||L||2007||Anchorage, Alaska|
|20||Fredrik Sjöström||W||L||2008||Färgelanda, Sweden|
|23||Chris Drury||C||R||2007||Trumbull, Connecticut|
|24||Ryan Callahan||RW||R||2004||Rochester, New York|
|25||Petr Prucha||LW/C||R||2002||Chrudim, Czechoslovakia|
|28||Colton Orr||RW/LW||R||2005||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|29||Lauri Korpikoski||LW||L||2004||Turku, Finland|
|34||Aaron Voros||LW||L||2008||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|91||Markus Näslund||LW||L||2008||Örnsköldsvik, Sweden|