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Encyclopedia > History of the New York Rangers

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History

Early years

In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League, playing in Madison Square Garden. The Amerks proved to be an even greater success than expected, leading Garden president Tex Rickard to go after a team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they would be the only hockey team to play there. The 1925-26 NHL season was the 9th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... 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. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... 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. ... George Lewis Tex Rickard (1870-1929 ?) was an American boxing promoter, and founder of the New York Rangers NHL franchise. ...


Rickard was granted a franchise, which he originally planned to name the New York Giants. However, the New York press soon nicknamed his team "Tex's Rangers," and the new name stuck. Rickard managed to get future legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, Col. John S. Hammond, and was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season — he was paid a then-hefty $2500 to leave the Big Apple. Smythe was replaced by Pacific Coast Hockey Association co-founder Lester Patrick, but kept all of the players Smythe had assembled. The new team turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs. To this day, these Rangers were one of the most successful teams in the history of the NHL. The team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in New York City's Roaring 20's nightlife. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... New York Press is a free alternative weekly in New York City. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Constantine Falkland Kerry Smythe (b. ... Col. ... The Big Apple is a nickname or alternate toponym for New York City never used by New Yorkers. ... The Pacific Coast Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league in western Canada, operating from 1911 to 1924 when it merged with the Western Canada Hockey League. ... Lester Patrick (December 30, 1883-June 1, 1960) born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. ... The Rangers are a pop-band that consisted of Eddy Medora, and Marty Di Giovanni. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The classic NHL shield logo, used until the end of the 2004 lockout. ... New York, NY redirects here. ...


1927-28 Stanley Cup

In only their second year, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Maroons three games to two. One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the Finals involved Patrick suiting up in goal at the ripe age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup goaltender so when the Rangers' regular goaltender, Lorne Chabot, went down with an eye injury, Maroons head coach Eddie Gerard vetoed his original choice for a replacement (who was Alex Connell, another NHL goalie of the old Ottawa Senators, who was in attendance for the game). An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing one goal to Maroons' center Nels "Old Poison" Stewart. Frank Boucher would score the game-winner in overtime to seal victory for New York. An expansion team would not come this far this fast in North American professional sports until the Philadelphia Atoms won the North American Soccer League title in their first year of existence. The 1927-28 NHL season was the eleventh National Hockey League season. ... Montreal Maroons white logo Montreal Maroons dark logo The Montreal Maroons were a professional ice hockey team from Montreal, Quebec. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... Lorne Chabot (born October 5, 1900 in Montreal, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. ... Physical or chemical injuries of the eye can be a serious threat to vision if not treated appropriately and in a timely fashion. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Eddie Gerard (February 22, 1890 in Ottawa, Ontario - December 7, 1937 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... Alex Connell (b. ... The Ottawa Senators (aka. ... Nels Stewart December 2, 1902 - August 21, 1957 in Montreal was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Montreal Maroons, New York Americans and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League. ... Frank Boucher (October 7, 1901 in Ottawa, Ontario - December 12, 1977 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and Vancouver Maroons in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... In professional sports, athletes receive payment for their performance, as opposed to amateur sports and college sports where they do not. ... The Philadelphia Atoms were a soccer team based out of Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL). ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ...


1932-33 Stanley Cup

The 1932-33 New York Rangers team picture autographed by Lester Patrick

After a loss in the finals in 1928-29 to the Bruins and a few mediocre seasons in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers Bill and Bun Cook on the right and left wings, respectively, and Frank Boucher at center, would defeat Toronto in the 1932-33 best-of-five finals, three games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line", Harvey "Busher" Jackson, "Gentleman Joe" Primeau and Charlie "The Big Bomber" Conacher. The Rangers would spend the rest of the 1930s playing close to .500 hockey until their next Cup win. Lester Patrick stepped down as Head Coach and handed the reins to Frank Boucher. Image File history File linksMetadata NYR1932_33. ... Image File history File linksMetadata NYR1932_33. ... The 1928-29 NHL season was the twelfth regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Bill Cook (October 9, 1896 in Brantford, Ontario - December 12, 1977 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and Saskatoon Crescents in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... Bun Cook (September 18, 1903 in Kingston, Ontario - March 19, 1988 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League and Saskatoon Crescents in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... Frank Boucher (October 7, 1901 in Ottawa, Ontario - December 12, 1977 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and Vancouver Maroons in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... The 1932-33 NHL season was the 16th season of the National Hockey League. ... Busher Jackson (January 19, 1911 in Toronto, Ontario - June 25, 1966 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Americans in the National Hockey League. ... Joe Primeau (born January 29, 1906 in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada), was a professional ice hockey player. ... Charlie Conacher Charles William Charlie Conacher (b. ...


1939-40 Stanley Cup

In 1939-40 the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind the Bruins. The two teams would square off in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one-series lead from the Rangers until they stormed back winning three straight games to hold off the first-place Bruins. The Rangers eventually won the best-of-seven series, four games to two. Their first-round victory gave the Rangers a bye until the finals. The Detroit Red Wings disposed of the New York Americans in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical and notorious ex-Bruins star Eddie Shore) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the Chicago Black Hawks two games to none. The Maple Leafs and Red Wings would play a best-of-three series to determine who would go on to play the Rangers in the Cup finals. The Maple Leafs swept the Red Wings and the Finals match-up was determined. The 1939-40 Stanley Cup Finals started in Madison Square Garden in New York. The first two games went to the Rangers. In game one the Rangers needed overtime to gain a 1-0 series lead and won game two quite handily with a 6-2 victory. The series then headed north to Toronto with the Maple Leafs winning the next two games on home ice, thereby tying the series 2-2. In games five and six the Rangers won both contests in overtime and won the series four games to two over the Maple Leafs to earn their third Stanley Cup. Seven teams remained for the 1939-40 NHL season, the 23rd for the National Hockey League. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise. ... 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. ... Eddie The Edmonton Express Shore (born November 25, 1902 in Fort QuAppelle, Saskatchewan, Canada - died March 16, 1985) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Red wings can refer to: the Detroit Red Wings NHL team the Rochester Red Wings IL baseball team Red wings of Hells Angels to earn ones Red wings (Sexual Act) Category: ... The Stanley Cup This is a list of Stanley Cup champions, including the finalists/challengers. ...


The Rangers would collapse by the mid-1940s, losing games by as much as 15-0 and having one goaltender with a 6.20 goals-against average. They would miss the playoffs for five consecutive seasons before squeaking into the fourth and final playoff spot in 1948. They lost the first round and would miss the playoffs again in 1949. In the 1950 finals the Rangers were forced to play all of their games on the road (home games in Toronto) while the circus was at the Garden. They would end up losing to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime in the seventh game of the finals, despite a stellar first-round performance as underdogs to the Montreal Canadiens. The 1947-48 NHL season was the 31st season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1948-49 NHL season was the 32nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1949-50 NHL season was the 33rd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise. ... The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


During this time, Red Wings owner James E. Norris became the largest stockholder in the Garden. However, he did not buy controlling interest in the arena, which would have violated the NHL's rule against one person owning more than one team. Nonetheless, he had enough support on the board to exercise de facto control. James E. Norris (December 10, 1879 – December 4, 1952) was a Canadian-American businessman, operating companies in the grain and cattle industries, and owner of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. ... Controlling interest is to have control of a large enough portion of voting stock in a company such that no other stock holder can oppose you. ... De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without...


The post-Original Six era

New York Rangers logo (used 1935-48)

The Rangers remained a mark of futility in the NHL for several years, missing the playoffs in 12 of the next 16 years. However, the team was rejuvenated in the late 1960s, symbolized by moving into a newly-rebuilt Madison Square Garden in 1968. A year earlier, they made the playoffs for the first time in five years on the strength of rookie goaltender Eddie Giacomin, and acquired 1950s Montreal star right wing Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 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. ... This person is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (salvation through harmony) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Finlay Landon Drake (November 11, 1931 – March 11, 2006), nicknamed The Minute Man, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. ...


The Blueshirts made the Finals twice in the 1970s, but lost both times to two '70s powerhouses; the Boston Bruins in 1972, in six games, who were led by such stars as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Johnny Bucyk and Wayne Cashman; and in 1979, in five games to the Habs, who had Bob Gainey, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Guy Lapointe and Serge Savard. This time the Blueshirts had “Espo”, but it didn't matter; the Habs looked clearly dominant. The Army Comrades Association (ACA), later named National Guard and better known by its nickname The Blueshirts, was an Irish fascist political organisation set up by General Eoin ODuffy, a former guerrilla leader in the IRA (before the Treaty), Irish Army general (during the Irish Civil War), Garda commissioner... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Regular Season* October 16 The Toronto Maple Leafs Norm Ullman tallies his 1,000th point. ... Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman, and is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time, if not the greatest one. ... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... Kenneth Raymond Hodge, Sr. ... John Paul Bucyk (born April 12, 1935, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a Hockey Hall of Famer who prior to Ray Bourque was the leading career scorer for the Boston Bruins. ... Wayne Cashman (born June 24, 1945) is a Canadian NHL coach and former player. ... The 1978-79 NHL season was the 62nd season of the National Hockey League. ... Robert Michael Bob Gainey (Born December 13, 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) is the current executive vice president, general manager, (and former ice hockey player) of the Montreal Canadiens. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... For U.S. basketball player, see Larry Robinson (basketball). ... Kenneth Wayne Ken Dryden, PC, MP, BA, LL.B (born August 8, 1947) is a Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author and retired National Hockey League goaltender. ... Guy Lapointe March 18, 1948 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who played for the Montreal Canadiens, St. ... Serge Savard, OC (born January 22, 1946 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former star ice hockey player with the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


By 1972, the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals despite losing high-scoring center Jean Ratelle (who had been on track over Bruin Phil Esposito to become the first Ranger since Bryan Hextall in 1942 to lead the NHL in scoring) to injury during the stretch drive of the regular season. The strength of people like Brad Park, Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, and Rod Gilbert (the last three constructing the famed "GAG line", meaning "goal-a-game") would still carry them through the playoffs. They would defeat the defending champion Canadiens in the first round and the Chicago Blackhawks in the second, but lost to Boston in the finals. Regular Season* October 16 The Toronto Maple Leafs Norm Ullman tallies his 1,000th point. ... Jean Ratelle (born October 3, 1940) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... Bryan Hextall (July 31, 1913 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan - July 25, 1984 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. ... Douglas Bradford (Brad) Park was an NHL ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Vic Hadfield (born 4 October 1940 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... This person is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... The GAG line was a famous ice hockey line for the New York Rangers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


The Rangers played a legendary semifinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1973/74 playoffs. This series was noted for a game 7 fight between Dave Schultz of the Flyers and Dale Rolfe of the Rangers. Schultz pummeled Rolfe without anyone on the Rangers lifting a finger to protect him (the GAG line was on the ice at the time). This lead to the belief that the Rangers of that period were soft - especially when taking into account the bullying endured by the Rangers during the 1972 finals. One example is Rod Gilbert's beating at the hands of Derek Sanderson of the Bruins. One finds it hard to believe that, had this happened to Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley would have stood idly by as the Rangers did.


Their new rivals, the New York Islanders, who entered the league in 1972 after paying a huge territorial fee — some $4 million — to the Rangers, were their first-round opponent in 1975. After splitting the first two games, the Islanders defeated the more established Rangers, eleven seconds into overtime of the deciding game three, establishing a rivalry that continued to grow for years after. The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... The 1972-73 NHL season was the 56th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1974-75 NHL season was the 58th season of the National Hockey League. ...


After some off years in the mid-to-late 1970s, they picked up Esposito and Carol Vadnais from the Bruins for Park, Ratelle and Joe Zanussi in 1975. Swedish stars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson jumped to the Rangers from the maverick World Hockey Association. And in 1979 they defeated the surging Islanders in the semi-finals and would return to the finals again before bowing out to the Canadiens. The Islanders got their revenge however, eliminating the Rangers in four consecutive playoff series' starting in 1981 en route to their second of four consecutive Stanley Cup titles. Carol Marcel Vadnais (born September 25, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1966-67 until 1982-83. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1975-76 NHL season was the 59th season of the National Hockey League. ... Anders Hedberg (born February 25, 1951 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America. ... Ulf Nilsson played for the the Winnipeg Jets ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The 1978-79 NHL season was the 62nd season of the National Hockey League. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... The Islanders were a professional wrestling tag team. ... The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


The Rangers stayed competitive through the 1980s and early 1990s, making the playoffs each year except for one but never going very far. An exception was 1985-86, when the Rangers, behind rookie goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, upended the Patrick Division winner Philadelphia Flyers in a decisive fifth game followed by a six-game win over the Washington Capitals in the Patrick Division Finals. Montreal disposed of the Rangers in the Wales Conference Finals behind a rookie goaltender of their own, Patrick Roy. The Blueshirts acquired superstar center Marcel Dionne after almost 12 years as a Los Angeles King the next year. In 1988, Dionne moved into third place in career goals scored (since bettered by "The Golden Brett" Hull). But Dionne's always-churning legs started to slow the next year, thereby ensuring that his goals came further and further apart. “Because you love the game so much, you think it will never end,”[citation needed] said Dionne, who spent nine games in the minors before retiring in 1989. He’d only played 49 playoff games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, Kings and Detroit Red Wings. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan) nicknamed The Beezer, is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender. ... The NHLs Patrick Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... Patrick Roy (IPA pronunciation: ), (born October 5, 1965, in Ste. ... Marcel Elphege Little Beaver Dionne (born August 3, 1951, in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre in the National Hockey League, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise. ...


Still, the many playoff failures convinced Rangers fans that this was a manifestation of the Curse of 1940, which is said to either have begun when the Rangers' management burnt the mortgage to Madison Square Garden in the bowl of the Stanley Cup after the 1940 victory, or by Mervyn "Red" Dutton following the collapse of the New York Americans franchise. In the early 1980s, Islander fans began chanting "1940! 1940!" to taunt the Rangers. Fans in other cities soon picked up the chant. The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didnt win the leagues championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. ... 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. ... 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. ...


Frustration was at its peak when the 1991-92 squad captured the Presidents' Trophy. They took a 2-1 series lead on the defending champ Pittsburgh Penguins and then faltered in three straight (most observers note a Ron Francis slapshot from the blue line that eluded Mike Richter as the series' turning point). The following year a 1-11 finish landed the Rangers in the Patrick Division cellar. Coach Roger Neilson did not finish the season. The off-season hiring of controversial head coach "Iron Mike" Keenan was criticized by many who pointed out Keenan's 0-3 record in the finals. The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team which finishes with the best record in the league during the regular season. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Roger Paul Neilson, CM (June 16, 1934 - June 21, 2003) was a National Hockey League coach, and was responsible for many innovations in the game. ... Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario) is the former General Manager of the Florida Panthers. ...


1993-94 Stanley Cup

1993-94 was a magical season for Rangers fans. Two years previous, they picked up center Mark Messier, who was an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers' Cup winning teams. Adam Graves who also defected from the Oilers, joined the Rangers as well. Other ex-Oilers on the Blueshirts included trade deadline acquisitions Craig MacTavish (now Edmonton head coach) and Glenn Anderson. Brian Leetch and rookie Sergei Zubov were a solid 1-2 punch on defence. In fact, Zubov led the team in scoring that season with 89 points, and continued to be an all-star defenceman throughout his career. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by Vic Hadfield. This record would later be broken by Jaromir Jagr on April 8, 2006 against Boston. The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Mark John Douglas Moose Messier (born January 18, 1961, in St. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Adam Graves, playing for the New York Rangers. ... Craig MacTavish (born August 15, 1958 in London, Ontario, Canada) is the head coach of the National Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oilers. ... Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, a Canadian province. ... Glenn Anderson (b. ... Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, though he is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no experience. ... Sergei Zubov (born July 22, 1970, in Moscow, USSR) is a defenseman for the Dallas Stars of the NHL. // Playing career He is considered one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL today. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... Vic Hadfield (born 4 October 1940 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ...

Main logo for third alternate jersey, 1997 — current

After clinching the Presidents' Trophy by finishing with the best record in the NHL (52-24-8 and a franchise-record 112 points) the Rangers were pitted against their arch-rivals, the 8th-seeded Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. The Isles proved to be no match, as they were swept in four games by an aggregate score of 22-3. Rangers goaltender Mike Richter earned a pair of play-off shutouts in the series, while supposed Isle "upgrade" Ron Hextall had a 5.50 GAA to Richter's 0.75. In the second round, the Washington Capitals were dismissed in five games and it set the stage for a matchup with the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Finals. Despite a 6-0 regular season record against New Jersey, the Devils took the Rangers to a full seven games. The series was highlighted by three dramatic multiple overtime games, in which the Rangers were victorious in two. Stephane Matteau scored both of those overtime goals, one of which ended Game 3 at 6:13 of the second overtime period. Still, after the fifth game, the Rangers trailed in the series 3-2 and facing elimination, captain Messier boldly guaranteed a victory in Game 6 back at the Meadowlands in New Jersey — Image File history File links NYR_145. ... Image File history File links NYR_145. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team which finishes with the best record in the league during the regular season. ... Mike Richter Mike Richter (born September 22, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is a former NHL goaltender. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... Ron niggerdick Hextall (born May 3, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender most often associated with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Stephane Matteau (b. ... In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. ...

"We know we are going to win Game Six and bring it back to the Garden,"

he said[citation needed].


Halfway through the game the Rangers trailed 2-0 before Messier set up Alexei Kovalev late in the second period to bring them to within a goal of tying the game. In what is now considered one of the greatest individual performances in sports history, Messier delivered a hat trick in the third period to give the Rangers a 4-2 win and it sent the series to a decisive seventh game back at Madison Square Garden. In that seventh game a Leetch goal midway through the second period stood until Valeri Zelepukin tied the game for the Devils by stuffing the puck under Richter's pads with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation. It appeared once again that the Curse of 1940 would undo the Rangers. Surprisingly, Matteau's second overtime winner would clinch the series for the Blueshirts, coming at 4:24 in the second overtime period of Game 7. Rangers' announcer Howie Rose called the play in dramatic fashion shouting simply, "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian:Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Aleksej Vyacheslavovich Kovaliov; born February 24, 1973, in Togliatti, U.S.S.R.) (now Russia) is a Russian professional ice hockey player in the NHL currently playing with the Montreal Canadiens as a right winger. ... History of sport is probably as old as the existence of people as purposive beings. ... A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts. ... Valeri Zelepukin (born September 17, 1968 in Voskresensk, Soviet Union) is a Russian ice hockey player who has played in the National Hockey League for the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks between 1991 and 2001. ... The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didnt win the leagues championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. ... Howie Rose [born 1954] is an American sportscaster with the New York Mets and the New York Islanders for WFAN and Fox Sports New York. ...


The Stanley Cup Finals pitted the Rangers against the upstart Vancouver Canucks who were the seventh seed in the Western Conference. After dropping Game 1 in overtime 3-2, largely due to Canucks' goaltender Kirk McLean's 52-save performance, the Rangers came back to win the next three games to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Rangers lost Game 5 in New York and then Game 6 in Vancouver 4-1, forcing another seventh game at Madison Square Garden. There, the Rangers would finally prevail. Goals from Leetch, Graves and Messier outset Vancouver captain Trevor Linden's pair of markers and sealed the seventh game with a 3-2 victory and the Rangers' first Cup in 54 years. Leetch became the first American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, the first non-Canadian to win it, and Messier became the first Rangers captain to hoist the Cup on Garden ice. The Vancouver Canucks are the professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... Kirk Alan McLean was born in Willowdale, Ontario (now part of Toronto) on June 26, 1966. ... Vancouver (pronounced: ) is a city in south-western British Columbia, Canada. ... Trevor Linden, OBC, (ancestrally van der Linden) (born April 11, 1970 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ...


Expensive Acquisitions

Despite having coached the Rangers to a regular season first place finish and the Stanley Cup, head coach Mike Keenan left after a dispute with General Manager Neil Smith. During the 1994-95 lockout shortened season, the Rangers struggled to find their form and lost in the second round of the playofs. They snuck in with the 8th seed and defeated Quebec in the first round, but they were swept by Philadelphia in the 2nd round. Succeeding Rangers coach Colin Campbell orchestrated a deal that sent Sergei Zubov and center Petr Nedved to Pittsburgh in exchange for undisciplined defenceman Ulf Samuelsson and left winger Luc Robitaille in the summer of 1995. There have been several notable people named Colin Campbell: For the Scottish soldier, see Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde For the Governor of Nova Scotia, see Colin Campbell (politician) For the Scottish Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, see Colin Campbell (academic) For the oil industry analyst, see Colin... Petr Nedved (Born: December 9, 1971 in Liberec, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey leftwinger who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Phoenix Coyotes after having signed by them in 2004. ... Ulf Samuelsson Ulf Samuelsson (Born March 26, 1964, in Fagersta, Västmanlands län, Sweden), is a Swedish-American retired professional ice hockey player. ... Luc Robitaille playing for the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, 2005 Lucky Luc Robitaille (born February 17, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ...

The 1998-99 Rangers pose with Wayne Gretzky after his last NHL game.

The Rangers landed an aging Wayne Gretzky in 1996, but even with The Great One, they would fizzle out. Their 1994 stars were aging and many retired or dropped off in performance. Gretzky's greatest accomplishment was leading them to the 1997 Eastern Conference finals, where they lost 4-1 to the Eric Lindros-led Philadelphia Flyers. After General Manager Neil Smith ran Messier, a former Oiler teammate of Gretzky's, out of town in the summer of 1997 and failed in a bid to replace him with Colorado Avalanche superstar Joe Sakic, the Rangers began a streak of seven seasons without making the playoffs, despite routinely having the highest payroll in the league. This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Great One may refer to: Wayne Gretzky (born 1961), Canadian ice hockey player Jackie Gleason (1916–1987), American comedian and actor Dwayne Johnson (born 1972), also known as The Rock, actor and former professional wrestler Rob Leatham (born 1961), professional shooter and 16-time USPSA national champion Mark Levin... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... Neil Smith (born January 9, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) was the general manager of the New York Islanders until he was unexpectedly relieved of his duties on July 18, 2006 after only 40 days. ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ...


In March 2000, Smith was fired along with head coach John Muckler, and that summer James Dolan hired Glen Sather to replace him. By 2001, the Rangers had landed a lot of star power. Theoren Fleury joined the Rangers after spending most of his career with the Calgary Flames, Eric Lindros joined the Rangers from the Philadelphia Flyers for blue-liner Kim Johnsson, and they acquired Pavel Bure late in the 2001-02 season from the Florida Panthers. It was the rookie season of goalie Dan Blackburn, who made the NHL All-Rookie Team despite the Rangers falling back to last-place status. Despite these high-priced acquisitions the Rangers still finished out of the playoffs. Later years saw other stars such as Alexei Kovalev, Jaromir Jagr, Anson Carter and Bobby Holik, as well as a growing Jamie Lundmark added, but in 2002-03 and 2003-04, the team again missed the playoffs. Blackburn started strongly in 02-03, but burned out after 17 games. He missed 03-04 due to mononucleosis and a damaged nerve in his left shoulder. The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd in its history. ... John Mucks Muckler (born April 3, 1934) is the General Manager of the Ottawa Senators NHL ice hockey Club. ... 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. ... Glen Sather (born September 2, 1943) in High River, Alberta, Canada) was a left wing in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League. ... The 2000-01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Theoren Wallace Fleury (born June 29, 1968 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Kim Johnsson (born March 16, 1976 in Malmö, Sweden) is a swedish ice hockey defenceman. ... Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Павел Владимирович Буре)(born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... The 2001-02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ... Daniel Blackburn (b. ... The NHL All-Rookie Team is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association from the best rookies in the National Hockey League at each position for the season just concluded based on their performance in that year. ... Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian:Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Aleksej Vyacheslavovich Kovaliov; born February 24, 1973, in Togliatti, U.S.S.R.) (now Russia) is a Russian professional ice hockey player in the NHL currently playing with the Montreal Canadiens as a right winger. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Anson Carter (born June 6, 1974 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger in the National Hockey League who has played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets. ... Robert Holik (born January 1, 1971 in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player for the Atlanta Thrashers. ... Jamie Lundmark (born January 16, 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. Lundmark was drafted in the 1st round, 9th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 2002-03 NHL season was the 86th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Infectious mononucleosis (also known as mono, the kissing disease, Pfeiffers disease, and, in British English, glandular fever) is a disease seen most commonly in adolescents and young adults, characterized by fever, sore throat and fatigue. ... This article is about the body part. ...


Post-Lockout

Towards the end of the 2003-04 season Sather finally gave in to a rebuilding process by trading away Leetch, Kovalev, and eight others for numerous prospects and draft picks. Bure, Messier and Blackburn are now retired and Lindros returned home to sign with the Maple Leafs prior to the start of the 2005-06 season. Lindros then signed with the Dallas Stars prior to the start of the 2006-2007 season. Leetch finished out the 03-04 season with Toronto and then played with Boston in the 05-06 season (in which he played his first game at Madison Square Garden since being traded in an emotional Ranger win). The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


The post-lockout Rangers, under new head coach Tom Renney, have seen the team move away from high-priced veterans towards a group of talented young players such as Petr Prucha, Dominic Moore and Blair Betts, but the focus of the team remains on veteran superstar Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers were expected to struggle during the 2005-06 season for their eighth consecutive season out of the postseason, but behind stellar performances by Swedish rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Straka, Prucha and Jagr, the Rangers finished the season with their best record since 1993-94 (44-26-12). Tom Renney (born March 1, 1955) is a Canadian and currently head coach of the National Hockey League New York Rangers. ... Petr Prucha (Cz: Petr Průcha, b. ... Dominic Moore (b. ... Blair Betts (b. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Henrik Lundqvist (b. ... Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972) in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia is a player in the National Hockey League. ...


Jaromir Jagr broke the Rangers' single season points record with a first-period assist in a 5-1 win against the New York Islanders on March 29, 2006. The assist gave him 110 points on the season, breaking Jean Ratelle's record. Less than two weeks later, on April 8, Jagr scored his 53rd goal of the season against the Boston Bruins, breaking the club record previously held by Adam Graves. Finally, on April 4 the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout 3-2 to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 1996-97 season. On April 19, the Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators 5-1 and due to wins by division rivals New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers fell back to third place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference to end the season. In the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals the Rangers drew a matchup with the Devs and were defeated in a four-game sweep. In the process they were outscored 17-4, as Jersey net minder Martin Brodeur took two shutouts and a 1.00 goals-against average to Lundqvist's 4.25. In the first game of the series Jagr suffered an undisclosed injury to his left shoulder, diminishing his usefulness as the series went on. Jagr missed game 2 of the series and was back in the lineup for game 3. He was held to 1 shot on net. On his first shift of the game in game 4, Jagr re-injured his shoulder and was unable to return. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... Jean Ratelle (born October 3, 1940) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Adam Graves, playing for the New York Rangers. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team, based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. ... Martin Pierre Brodeur (IPA: ) (born May 6, 1972, in Montreal, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils. ... Goals against average (GAA) is an ice hockey statistic that is the mean of goals allowed per game by a goaltender. ...


Jagr failed to win his sixth Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion in 05-06 (the San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton claimed the award, his first, with 125 points over "The Jaguar"'s 123) but he won his third Pearson Award (players' choice as outstanding player). He has thus tied Guy Lafleur in third, and needs one more to tie his ex-centerman, "Super Mario" Lemieux, in second and two more to tie Wayne Gretzky in first. Ironically, Jagr, while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, ended the final game of the "The Great One's" career with an overtime goal on April 18, 1999. On opening night of the 2006-07 season, Jagr was named the first team captain since Messier's retirement. The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. ... Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979, in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey centre in the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Jaguar (disambiguation). ... Lester B. Pearson Award on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey Leagues outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 2006-07 NHL season is the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


With the Rangers doing so well in 2005-06, expectations were raised for the 2006-07 season. Realizing that the team had trouble scoring goals in the '05-'06 campaign, the Rangers went out and signed long time Red Wing and now 600 goal scorer Brendan Shanahan to a one-year contract. However, the organization remains committed to its rebuilding program despite the signing of the 37 year old winger. Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born 23 January 1969, in Mimico, Ontario, Canada), is a Canadian ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. ...


Traditions

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The fans of the New York Rangers have several traditions that are part of the experience of watching a home game at Madison Square Garden. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... 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. ...


Let's go Rangers chant

Rangers fans invented the chant "Let's go Rangers". This chant is followed by 5 rhythmic claps. The chant is used by the fans to either motivate the team, or respond to a positive on-ice play. At the conclusion of Game 4 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round series between the Rangers and New Jersey Devils at MSG, the Rangers players were serenaded off the ice for the last time with a rousing rendition of "Let's Go Rangers" despite being swept in the series. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The modernized NHL shield logo, debuting in 2005. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


Goal Song

Slapshot or The New York Rangers goal song is the song played at Madison Square Garden when the Rangers score a goal. The song made its debut on January 20th, 1995, the night the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Banner was raised to the rafters. It was written by Ray Castoldi, the Music Director at Madison Square Garden. Though the fans chant "Goal" to the song, the recorded vocal part sounds like "Whoa". The song can be heard here. Ray Castoldi has been the organist at Madison Square Garden since 1989. ...


Victory Song

New York Rangers victory song is the song played at Madison Square Garden after every home victory by the New York Rangers. It was written in 1940 by J. Fred Coots (an avid Rangers fan and New Yorker) to pay tribute to the then-Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. The music for the song can be heard here. The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... John Frederick Coots 2 May 1897 - 8 April 1985 was a Jewish-American songwriter. ... New Yorker may refer to: the magazine, The New Yorker a resident of New York City the hotel New Yorker a named passenger train operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad between Detroit, MI and New York, NY This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that...


"Potvin sucks!" chant

On February 25, 1979, in a game between the Rangers and rival New York Islanders, Denis Potvin of the Islanders delivered a hip check to Rangers' center Ulf Nilsson. Nilsson suffered a broken ankle on the play, which sidelined him for the season. The play is generally regarded as clean. Rangers coach Fred Shero said of the hit, "It was a hard check, but you can't penalize a guy for hitting hard."[1] February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... Denis Charles Potvin (born Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 1953) is a former defenseman and team captain for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League and cornerstone for the Islanders four Stanley Cup championship teams in the early 1980s. ... Ulf Nilsson played for the the Winnipeg Jets ... Fred Shero (born October 23, 1925) is a Canadian retired NHL player and coach. ...


Regardless, Rangers fans never forgave Potvin for it and created the "Potvin sucks" chant, wherein they punctuate the song "Let's Go Band" with "Potvin sucks!" Initially, the fans responded when the song was played on the Garden organ, but since the mid-1980s, the tune has not been played as it was banned by Garden management. As a result, the fans whistle or hum the tune themselves to set up the chant.[2][3] Rangers fans engage in the chant multiple times at every home game regardless of the opponent.

Rangers saluting the crowd at MSG

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Salute the crowd

After every Rangers home win, the team gathers at center ice and raise their sticks in the air to salute the Rangers supporters. The salute was the idea of defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and the tradition began in the early part of the 2005-06 season, it has proved extremely popular with both the players and fans alike. Specifically, after the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the longest shootout game in its short history in the NHL, the team gathered at center ice to salute their fans. The tradition stuck and continues on to this day. Darius Kasparaitis (born October 16, 1972 in ElektrÄ—nai, U.S.S.R.) is an ethnic Lithuanian professional ice hockey defenseman, also known by the nickname Kaspar. He has Russian citizenship and plays for the Russian national hockey team. ...


The salute to the fans is typically done only after home victories. However, at conclusion of the 2006 playoffs -- in which the Rangers lost four games to none -- the fans cheers at the conclusion of an otherwise outstanding breakout season caused the players to stay on the ice after the loss and give the fans one final salute for 2005-2006.


This tradition is common in European ice hockey, and the Rangers have a large number of Europe based players on the squad.


Sweet Caroline

At the start of the 2005/2006 season, Rangers coach Tom Renney unveiled the popular Neil Diamond song, "Sweet Caroline" as the club's theme song for the year. This song is one of Jaromir Jagr's favorites and since he became captain, the song has been played in the Rangers locker room following each victory. Eventually the fans caught wind of this, and the song was played over the MSG PA system during games in which the Rangers were winning with 5 minutes left to go in the game. Rangers fans enjoy singing the song when it is played at the Garden. Essential Neil Diamond album cover. ... Sweet Caroline is a rap song written by Neil Diamond and Rodrigo and performed by Neil Diamond and released in 1969 on the album of the same name. ...


See also

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References

  1. ^ NY Times, 2/26/79
  2. ^ For Nearly 28 Years at Garden, Frustration’s Name Is Potvin. New York Times. Retrieved on December 19, 2006.
  3. ^ Road Trip. Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on February 5, 2007.

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