New York Rangers
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, conceived in 1926 as an expansion team. The team is one of the "original six" of the NHL, since they have been part of the league since 1942, and have always played in a Madison Square Garden, since two seaparate ones have existed in New York City's history. The team was very successful from the start, being the first American NHL team to win the Stanley Cup and only missing the playoffs 3 times in their first 18 seasons. Some notable Rangers include Henrik Lundqvist, Brian Leetch and Mark Messier.
Here is some basic information about the team:
Founding Year: 1926
City: New York, NY
Number of Stanley Cups: 4 (1928, 1933, 1940, 1994)
Owner: The Madison Square Garden Company (James Dolan)
Head Coach: David Quinn
Stadium: Madison Square Garden
History of the New York Rangers
Immediately after the Rangers were established in 1926, the team began an extremely successful run in the NHL. In their first season, the team came in first in their division and by their second season they won their first Stanley Cup title. From their first season in the NHL, 1926-27, until the 1941-1942 season, the team made the playoffs each year but one and won three Stanley Cup titles. Under Head Coach Lester Patrick, the team was unstoppable through the 1920s and 1930s.
The 1940s found less success for the Rangers, only making the playoffs on four occasions under Head Coach Frank Boucher. This drought continued through the 50s and halfway through the 60s, until the team once more began reaching the postseason regularly. The team was consistently competitive in the NHL for the next few decades, ultimately winning another Stanley Cup title in 1994 with hall-of-fame players like Mark Messier and Brian Leetch.
The team entered into another postseason drought from 1997-2004, missing the playoffs all seven seasons. Since then, the team has found a good amount of success, never failing to reach the postseason more than two seasons in a row, though the last two seasons have not looked very positive for the team.
Rangers All-Time Leaders
Here are some of the Rangers all-time leaders for various categories: