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The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didn't win the league's championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. ... The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Stanley Cup which was originally called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, is awarded each year by the National Hockey League to the champion of its playoff tournament. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


The Rangers began play in the 1926-27 season, and quickly became one of the league's most successful teams, both competitively and financially. They won the Stanley Cup in 1928, 1933 and 1940, and their games were usually sold out. 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ...

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Allegations of a curse

In the 1940-41 season, the mortgage on their arena, Madison Square Garden, the current edition of which had been built in 1925, was paid off. The management of the Madison Square Garden Corporation burned the mortgage in the bowl of the Cup. This led some hockey fans to believe that the Cup, which they consider to be a sacred object, had been desecrated, leading "the hockey gods" to place a curse on the Rangers. For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Another theory is that the supposed curse came from Mervyn "Red" Dutton, the coach and general manager of the New York Americans, for whom he had once played. The Amerks were actually the first NHL team to play in New York City, beginning play as soon as the Garden opened in the 1925-26 season. However, not having the financial backing of the Garden Corporation, the Amerks struggled, and the NHL took over ownership of the team in 1937. They made five playoff appearances, including a loss to the Rangers in 1929 and a win over the Rangers in 1938. But their loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1938 Stanley Cup Semifinals was the closest they were ever get to winning the Cup. Mervyn Red Dutton (July 23, 1898 - March 15, 1987) was an NHL player from 1921 to 1936 and NHL President (1943-1946). ... The New York Americans were a NHL hockey team, the third expansion team in league history and the second to play in the United States. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Following the 1941-42 season, with so many players having entered the armed forces to fight in World War II, and the Americans hurt by this more than most teams, the league folded the franchise. Dutton blamed Ranger management for encouraging league officials to do so. The only compensation he received was to be named NHL President in 1943, a post he held until 1946. This article is about the year. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


There is no evidence that Dutton used his position as President to hurt the Rangers' chances to win the Stanley Cup. But he was bitter, and declared that the Rangers would never win the Cup for as long as he lived. He died in 1987, at the age of 88. At that time, the Rangers were in their 47th season without having won the Cup. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Curse of 1940 worked in several ways, some of them odd. The Madison Square Garden Corporation found it could make more money when the circus came to town in the spring, and this forced the Rangers, and later the National Basketball Association's New York Knickerbockers, to use different arenas at the worst possible time, during their respective leagues' playoffs. The Rangers used Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto as their "home ice" in the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals, and lost to the Detroit Red Wings. At the time, most fans simply believed the Rangers were victims of bad management, not of a curse. NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West Location of NBA teams, conferences and divisions The National Basketball Association, more commonly referred to as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... The New York Knicks (or New York Knickerbockers) are a National Basketball Association team based in New York, New York. ... Maple Leaf Gardens before gametime Maple Leaf Gardens is an indoor arena in Toronto, Ontario, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Detroit Red Wings are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA. // Facts Founded: 1926 Formerly known as: Cougars 1926-1930, Falcons 1930-1932 Home arena: Joe Louis Arena Former Home Arenas: Windsor Arena (1926-27); Detroit Olympia (1927-1979) Uniform colors: Red and white. ...


New rivals to enforce old curse

The Rangers rarely made the playoffs during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1972, they reached the Stanley Cup Finals again, this time losing to the Boston Bruins. Although nothing bizarre happened during the Finals, as has often happened with alleged sports curses, they had now gone 32 years without winning the Cup. The next season began with the founding of an expansion team playing on Long Island, the New York Islanders. In 1975, the Islanders reached the playoffs for the first time and defeated the Rangers. The teams played again in 1979, and the Rangers won, advancing to the Finals, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, although this was not unusual, either, since it was the Canadiens' fourth consecutive Cup. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... The Boston Bruins are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, at 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) the largest island in the continental United States, and with 7. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest established National Hockey League franchise, and one of the most successful in all of North American sports history. ...


The Islanders won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 1980, beginning a streak of four consecutive championships, one more than the Rangers had won in their entire 57-year history to that point. Fans of the younger franchise began chanting, "NINE-teen-FOR-ty!" during games between the teams, particularly in the tense 1984 playoff series won by the Islanders in overtime of the deciding fifth game. This chant caught on around the league. It was also in the 1980s that the idea of a "Curse of 1940" began to take hold, with Red Dutton's death in 1987 and the occasional publication of the photograph of the Garden mortgage being burned in the Cup's bowl. (The "old Garden" was demolished after the Rangers and Knicks moved into the "new Garden" in 1968.) 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


In 1992, the Rangers finished with the best overall record in the NHL, earning them the President's Trophy, but they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division Finals. Although the Penguins were defending champions, and their victory was hardly a shocking one, there was an odd moment when goaltender Mike Richter allowed a shot from the blue line by Ron Francis past him. The next season, with hopes high, the Rangers finished last, largely because of an injury to defenseman Brian Leetch. In the kind of incident many fans ascribe to curses, Leetch arrived at the Garden in a taxi, stepped out, and broke his ankle when he slipped on a patch of ice, a most ironic injury for a hockey player. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League to the team which finished with the best record in the entire league during the regular season. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The NHLs Patrick Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. ... Patrick Roy, a retired ice hockey goaltender The goaltender (also known colloquially as goalie or netminder) in ice hockey is the player who defends his teams goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his teams net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. ... Mike Richter Mike Richter (born September 22, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is a former NHL goaltender. ... Ronald Ron Francis was born on the 1st of March, 1963, in Sault Ste. ... Defenceman (defenseman in American English) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. ... Brian Leetch with the New York Rangers Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey player with the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins. ...


End of the Curse

The Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1994, having not won the Stanley Cup in 54 years. In that time, championships had been won in the New York area by the Islanders (four), the New York Yankees (14), the New York Mets (two), the New York Giants baseball team (one, and they had been in San Francisco since 1958), the Brooklyn Dodgers (one, and they had been in Los Angeles since 1958), the New York Giants football team (three), the New York Jets (one), Knicks (two NBA titles) and the New Jersey Nets (two ABA titles, playing as the New York Nets). Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1986 â€¢ 1969 NL Pennants (4) 2000 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1969 East Division titles (4) 1988 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1969 Wild card berths (2) 2000 â€¢ 1999 Major league nicknames New York Mets (1962-present) Major... San Francisco Giants AAA Fresno Grizzlies AA Norwich Navigators A San Jose Giants Augusta GreenJackets Salem-Keizer Volcanoes R Arizona Giants Edit this box The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 1930s NFL team, see Brooklyn Dodgers (football). ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, the Gints Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi Fight song None Mascot None Local radio Flagship stations: WFAN (660... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum Fight song None Mascot None Local radio Flagship stations: WABC (770 AM) and WEPN (1050 AM) Announcers: Marty Lyons and Bob Wischusen League/Conference affiliations... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) was founded in 1967 and eventually merged with the National Basketball Association. ...


The Rangers played the New Jersey Devils, who had begun play in the 1982-83 season and had never won the Cup yet. The Rangers had already beaten the Devils in the 1992 Patrick Division Semifinals. Devils fans had picked up the "1940" chant and the curse myth from Islander fans, and it was noted that the hockey seating capacity of the Brendan Byrne Arena (later renamed the Continental Airlines Arena) was 19,040. It looked like the curse was at work again with the Rangers trailing three games to two and facing elimination when captain Mark Messier challenged the New York media by guaranteeing a win in game 6. The Rangers fell behind 2-0 quickly but trailing 2-1 in the third period, Messier scored a natural hat trick (three straight goals) to make good on his guarantee and force a deciding seventh game. The curse threatened again in game 7 as the Rangers led 1-0 and looked as though they were about to advance to the Cup Finals when Valeri Zelepukin scored with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. But in the second overtime, Stephane Matteau scored on a wraparound goal to give the Rangers the game and the series. The New Jersey Devils are a National Hockey League team based in the Continental Airlines Arena of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... Brendan Thomas Byrne (born April 1, 1924) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982. ... Continental Airlines Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... In 1996-97, Messier (right) would reunite with Wayne Gretzky (left) for one final unsuccessful run for the Cup. ... A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts. ... Stephane Matteau (b. ...


The Rangers moved on to the Stanley Cup Finals, and defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games with Messier scoring the Cup-winning goal. The city of Vancouver has actually waited longer to win the Cup, as the Canucks only began NHL play in 1970, and the last team from the city to win the Cup was the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915. The Rangers ended their Stanley Cup drought at 54 years. A fan at the Garden held up a sign saying, "NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE." The slogan began to appear on T-shirts around the New York area. The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Vancouver (pronounced ) is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Vancouver Millionaires were a professional ice hockey team in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 1911 to 1926. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


New Curse?

The possibility exists that the Rangers allowed themselves to be cursed again. After their 1994 win, one of the places to which they took the Cup was Belmont Park, a horse racing track. Since Belmont Park is just outside New York City in the town of Elmont, in Nassau County, this visit was in the Islanders' territory. Some Ranger players put oats in the bowl of the Cup, and Go For Gin, the horse that had won the Kentucky Derby the previous month, was allowed to eat out of the Cup. Secretariats statue greets racing fans and jockeys in the paddock of Belmont Park. ... Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Elmont is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in Long Island Nassau County, New York, in the Town of Hempstead. ... Nassau County is a county located outside New York City in the state of New York. ... Churchill Downs ractrack, 2004 A Kentucky Derby throughbred horse depicted on the Kentucky state quarter The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. ...


Since that 1994 win, the Rangers have reached the Eastern Conference Finals only once, in 1997, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers entered the 2005-06 season having not made the playoffs since that 1997 loss, despite having one of the league's highest payrolls and some of its top stars. The Knicks have also fallen short of playoff success since their last appearance in the NBA Finals in 1999, although no one has yet suggested that a curse might be on the Knicks. The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Some blame the failures of the Rangers and Knicks on the management of the Madison Square Garden Corporation, led by Cablevision executive James Dolan, mistrusted by fans due to the fact that the Garden sells out for every Ranger game and nearly every Knick game, so he and his company make a profit no matter how the teams perform. But after twelve years of not winning the Stanley Cup again, perhaps there are once again larger forces at work for the Rangers. Cablevision Systems Corporation NYSE: CVC is a cable television company that serves parts of the Northeast of the United States, with most customers residing in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. ... James L. Dolan (born 1956) is Chairman of New York Citys Madison Square Garden in the United States, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation. ...


On April 4th, 2006, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1997. So far as of 4/26 the Rangers have been resoundly smashed by the New Jersey Devils who lead 3-0 in the play-off series.


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