An NHL Original Six franchise, the New York Rangers have been in the league since 1926. The team plays at Madison Square Garden, along with the Knicks. NYR was the first United States team to win the Stanley Cup in 1928. The team defeated the Montreal Maroons (now Canadiens), 3 games to 2.
The team would win two more Stanley Cups, their last being in 1940. It would be 54 years before the Rangers would win another Stanley Cup. The team defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4 games to 3 to win the series.
In that series, Rangers captain Mark Messier guaranteed the team would win the Cup, channeling his inner Joe Namath. That season truly made Messier an all-time legend in New York, coming off his excellent stats in his early career with the Edmonton Oilers.
New York Rangers Early Origins
In 1926, Tex Rickard, who was the President of Madison Square Garden, was awarded a franchise. The team was going to compete with the defunct New York Americans. They ended up doing better than the Americans & became the official team of the hot New York nightlife.
The Rangers were the first NHL team to take a plane to a game. They flew to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs, starting a new trend in sports & in the world in general.
Some of the great players in the history of the Rangers organization include Brian Leetch, Ulf Dahlen, Mark Messier, Jeff Beukeboom, Henrik Lundquist, Mike Richter, & Alexei Kovalev.
The New York Rangers have 61 members of their organization in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 49 players & 12 coaches, broadcaters and/or front office personnel.