George Lewis “Tex” Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded an NHL franchise for the 1926 – 1927 season to compete with the now-defunct New York Americans, who had begun play at the Garden the previous season. The Americans (also known as the “Amerks”) proved to be an even greater success than expected during their inaugural season, leading Rickard ...
The 1928 Stanley Cup Finals was an NHL championship series was played by the New York Rangers and the Montreal Maroons. It was the first appearance by the Rangers in the Finals and was their first victory of the Stanley Cup in only their second season. This was the second Stanley Cup victory by an American team, the first being ...
The 1994 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven playoff series contested between the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers and Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. The Canucks were making the club’s second Final appearance, their first coming during their Cinderella run of 1982, and the Rangers were making their tenth appearance, their first since 1979. ...
History of the Rangers
The New York Rangers are one of the most iconic teams in hockey history. Founded in 1926, they have been a part of the National Hockey League (NHL) since its inception and remain one of the league’s oldest franchises. They have won four Stanley Cups and numerous other conference titles throughout their long history while producing some of hockey’s greatest players, such as Mark Messier and Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers began their journey with an impressive first season by winning the American Division title before eventually losing to Boston Bruins in what is now known as ‘the Original Six Finals’; however, this early success was not enough for them to win a Stanley Cup until 1940 when they defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 games series victory over Toronto Maple Leafs. This marked only the beginning for The Blueshirts, who would become one of NHL's most successful teams during the next two decades, with three more Stanley Cups between 1950 -1960. They also featured some great players from that era, including Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, and Vic Hadfield, which helped them achieve these successes.
In recent years The Rangers have continued to be competitive despite going through several rebuild phases due to salary cap restrictions imposed by NHL rules but still managed to make playoffs multiple times, notably reaching the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals where lost eventual champions Los Angeles Kings seven-game series. Although it has been nearly 20 years since the last time the team lifted the cup, there is no doubt that the future looks bright thanks talented young core led by Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and Tony DeAngelo, plus several sound prospects system, making fans hopeful about seeing another championship parade down Broadway soon!
1926 – Present / National Hockey League
1926 – Present / New York Rangers
Rangers – For sports fans, the New York Rangers are one of the most iconic teams in hockey history. The team has been around since 1926 and has a long-standing tradition of success on the ice. But many don’t know that their nickname, “Rangers,” comes from a unique source: national park rangers!
When founding owner George Lewis "Tex" Rickard was looking for an appropriate name for his new NHL franchise, he looked to his past as a Texas Ranger—a member of an elite group tasked with protecting citizens and property in Texas during the late 1800s. He wanted to honor this legacy by naming his team after these brave men and women who put their lives on the line daily.
As such, when it came time to create a logo for this newly christened franchise—the first American-based NHL club—Rickard chose an image of two crossed swords beneath which were written “New York Rangers." This logo would become synonymous with excellence over its nearly century-long existence as it served as inspiration not only for generations upon generations of players but also for dedicated fans across North America who proudly sported blue jerseys bearing those famous red letters: NYR!
So next time you cheer on your favorite Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden or beyond, remember that they owe their very identity back to those courageous individuals known simply as rangers – people whose bravery helped shape our country into what it is today!
Stanley Cup 4
1994, 1940, 1933, 1928
1968 – Present / Madison Square Garden II
1926 – 1968 / Madison Square Garden I
1926 – Present / Madison Square Garden, Inc.
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
1 / Eddie Giacomin
2 / Brian Leetch
3 / Harry Howell
7 / Rod Gilbert
9 / Andy Bathgate
9 / Adam Graves
11 / Vic Hadfield
11 / Mark Messier
19 / Jean Ratelle
35 / Mike Richter
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history