40 Facts About New York Rangers


New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City.

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The New York Rangers subsequently embraced a rebuild for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, which eventually paid dividends in 1994, where the team, led by Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, and Mike Richter, captured their fourth Stanley Cup.

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Several former members of the New York Rangers have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, four of whom—Buddy O'Connor, Chuck Rayner, Andy Bathgate, and Messier—have won the Hart Memorial Trophy while playing for the team.

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The New York Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs.

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In Games 5 and 6, the New York Rangers won in overtime, taking the series four games to two to earn their third Stanley Cup.

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The New York Rangers remained a mark of futility in the NHL for most of the remainder of the Original Six era, missing the playoffs in 12 of the next 16 years.

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New York Rangers made the finals twice in the 1970s, but lost both times to two '70s powerhouses; in six games to the Boston Bruins in 1972, who were led by such stars as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Johnny Bucyk and Wayne Cashman; and in five games to the Canadiens in 1979, who had Bob Gainey, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Guy Lapointe and Serge Savard.

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New York Rangers reached the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals despite losing high-scoring center Jean Ratelle to injury during the stretch drive of the regular season.

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New York Rangers stayed competitive through the 1980s and early 1990s, making the playoffs each year.

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The New York Rangers bounced back and they won the next three games, allowing the Canucks just four goals.

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The New York Rangers missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, finishing no higher than fourth in their division.

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On February 5,2007, the New York Rangers acquired agitating forward Sean Avery in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, which brought further intensity to the team.

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At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers chose Alexei Cherepanov 17th overall, who had been ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the number one European skater.

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The moves, along with retaining most other key players, had been met favorably, and the New York Rangers made the playoffs for the third consecutive season and the second round for the second season in a row.

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The New York Rangers made the 2009 playoffs, but lost their opening-round series to the Washington Capitals four games to three.

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On June 30,2009, the New York Rangers traded Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto to the Montreal Canadiens for Ryan McDonagh, Chris Higgins, Pavel Valentenko, and Doug Janik.

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The New York Rangers skated away with the victory in the first game, keeping their post-season hopes alive.

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The New York Rangers faced Washington in the first round and lost the series in five games.

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On July 2,2011, the New York Rangers signed free agent Brad Richards to a nine-year contract.

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On July 23,2012, the New York Rangers traded Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a 2013 conditional third-round pick.

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At the 2013 NHL trade deadline on April 3, the New York Rangers then traded Marian Gaborik and Steven Delisle to Columbus for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick.

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On March 5,2014, the New York Rangers traded their captain Ryan Callahan, along with a first-round draft pick in 2015, a conditional second-round pick in 2014, and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015, for Tampa Bay captain Martin St Louis.

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On June 27,2015, the New York Rangers traded Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks, Cam Talbot and a draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers, and prospect Ryan Haggerty to the Chicago Blackhawks for Antti Raanta, who replaced Talbot as Lundqvist's backup goaltender.

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The New York Rangers finished the season with 101 points for back-to-back 100+ point seasons.

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On July 18, the New York Rangers traded Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round draft pick, The team signed Michael Grabner to a two-year deal and the much-anticipated college sensation Jimmy Vesey to a two-year entry-level contract.

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However, the New York Rangers lost the next two games and were eliminated by the Senators.

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Just over a week later, the New York Rangers traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a first-round draft pick and former first-round pick Tony DeAngelo.

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The New York Rangers' management was successful in signing top free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on July 1,2017, to a four-year deal.

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New York Rangers received the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and subsequently used it to select forward Kaapo Kakko.

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In May 2020, the league announced a 24-team playoff tournament to complete the season, where the New York Rangers were seeded eleventh and faced the Carolina Hurricanes; the Hurricanes swept the New York Rangers.

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On January 31,2021, defenseman Tony DeAngelo was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers, following reports that he had an altercation with teammate Alexandar Georgiev following an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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The New York Rangers organization released a statement expressing disappointment in this decision, calling head of player safety George Parros "unfit to continue in his current role".

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Classic New York Rangers sweater has been in use since the franchise's foundation, with several alterations along the way.

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In 1997, the New York Rangers reverted the blue jersey's design, restoring the old striping pattern, and becoming the first team to re-introduce lace-up collars.

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On October 7,2001, the New York Rangers wore a modified version of their blue jerseys in a home game against the Buffalo Sabres.

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New York Rangers previously had a navy alternate jersey featuring the head of the Statue of Liberty with the team abbreviation below in a futuristic script.

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The New York Rangers wore the jerseys at home on Saturdays and when they played against Original Six teams.

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New York Rangers acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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New York Rangers inductees include 53 former players and nine builders of the sport.

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New York Rangers have retired nine numbers for eleven players in their history, and the NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.

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