New York Rangers News
The New York Rangers are one of the six founding teams of the National Hockey League in 1926. Most of the team’s success came in the early years of the franchise. Three (1928, 1933, 1940) of their four Stanley Cup victories came within 15 years of being in the league. Their most recent and memorable Stanley Cup victory was in 1994.
Championship success has not come easily for the Rangers. During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, the Stanley Cup remained elusive. The lone bright spots were two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the 1970s. Meanwhile, they watched their crosstown rivals, the New York Islanders, created a Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s.
Even without the same number of Stanley Cups as the other five original teams, the Rangers have been an integral part of the NHL. The franchise has produced some of the most exciting games in the NHL as well as some of its best players. Legends like Phil Esposito, Gilles Villemure, and Rod Gilbert all wore the sweater of the Rangers. In the modern game, stars like Brian Leech, Mark Messier, and Mike Ritcher entertained diehard Rangers fans at the Madison Square Garden.
New York Rangers Timeline:
- 1926: Rangers are one of the founding teams of the National Hockey League
- 1928, 1933, 1940: Stanley Cup victories
- 1968: Rangers move into Madison Square Garden
- 1994: New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup against the Canucks
NY Rangers At MSG
The New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden go hand in hand. The “World’s Most Famous Arena” has been the home ice for the Rangers since its opening in 1968. The arena has played host to numerous memorable events but none are more special to Rangers fans than what happened on June 14, 1994. The 40 year Stanley Cup drought was over when the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks (4-3) to claim victory on their home ice.
NY Rangers And Their Rivalries
History and geography factor into the numerous rivalries for the Rangers. As one of three NHL teams in the New York City area, the Rangers, Islanders, and New Jersey Devils compete bitterly for NY/NJ hockey supremacy.
As one of the other six original NHL teams, the Boston Bruins continue to be a main rival for the Rangers. This rivalry is just one of many sports rivalries between teams from New York and Boston. Despite this bitter rivalry, the Rangers and Bruins made a trade in 1975 to bring future Rangers legend, Phil Esposito, to the Garden.
With no love lost between New York and Philadelphia teams, the rivalry between the Rangers and Flyers is one of the best in sports. On the ice, the Flyers maintain a 161–147–37–9 all-time record over the Rangers.
2021-2022 NY Rangers Season
The Rangers did not make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. They finished in fifth place in the East Division and were 11 points behind the New York Islanders for the last playoff berth.
The Rangers made several significant moves during the offseason and hope to climb up the standings in 2021-22. Those moves include trading for forward Barclay Goodrow, winger Ryan Reeves, defenseman Jarred Tinordi and winger Sammy Blais.