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New York Rangers
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1926
History New York Rangers
1926 - present
Home Arena Madison Square Garden
City New York City, New York
Colors Blue, Red and White
Media MSG
MSG Plus
WEPN (1050AM)
WABC (770AM)
Owner(s) Madison Square Garden, L.P.
(Flag of the United States James Dolan, chairman)
General Manager Flag of Canada Glen Sather
Head Coach Flag of Canada Tom Renney
Captain Flag of the United States Chris Drury
Minor League Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Mississippi RiverKings (CHL)
Stanley Cups 1927–28, 1932–33, 1939–40, 1993–94
Conference Championships 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.




The beginning

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.

A first Stanley Cup

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.

The 1932–33 New York Rangers team picture autographed by Lester Patrick

Current roster

As of February 3rd, 2009. [1]

# 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

Retired numbers

  • 1 Ed Giacomin, G, 1965-75: Number retired on March 15, 1989
  • 7 Rod Gilbert, RW, 1961-78: Number retired on October 14, 1979
  • 9 Adam Graves, LW, 1987-2003: Number retired on February 3, 2009
  • 11 Mark Messier, LW/C, 1991-97 & 2000-05: Number retired on January 12, 2006
  • 35 Mike Richter, G, 1989-2003: Number retired on February 4, 2004
  • 99 Wayne Gretzky, C, 1996-99: Number retired league-wide by NHL on April 18, 1999;




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