The New York Rangers are a part of the NHL’s “Original Six”, having begun play in 1926. With their home in Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are a part of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. Hanging in the rafters of the Garden are Stanley Cup championship banners from 1928, 1933, 1940 and 1994. The Rangers were a dominant team in the early years of the NHL. Led by Coach Lester Patrick, the team was full of stars like Frank Boucher, Neil Colville, and Bill Cook. The Rangers took home the Stanley Cup in 1928, 1933 and 1940 but also reached the Finals three other times in that stretch. Between 1927 and 1942, New York would make the playoffs every year but one. Fast forward to 1988, when two rookies, goalie Mike Richter and Calder Trophy winner Brian Leetch joined the roster. Three years later, Hall of Famer Mark Messier would become a Ranger and a new golden era would begin. In the 1993-1994 season, Coach Mike Keenan would lead the team to the President’s Trophy. The Rangers rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs to set up a meeting with the rival New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. Trailing New Jersey three games to two, Mark Messier guaranteed a victory before Game 6 and the team backed it up with a win. It would take two overtimes to settle Game 7, and the series, as New York’s Stephan Matteau, scored a wrap-around goal against Martin Brodeur. The Rangers would battle the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals and the series went seven games before New York pulled out a 3-2 win in front of a joyous home crowd. Brian Leetch became the first American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in over fifty years.
The veteran Rangers could not keep the 1994 magic alive, despite signing Wayne Gretzky in 1996. “The Great One” did help New York reach the Eastern Conference Finals, though. In 2003-2004, Mark Messier completed his 25th season in the NHL and surpassed Gordie Howe for second place in scoring. Team success would have to wait until 2011-2012, as Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist led the team to the top record in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the conference finals. Martin St. Louis helped the Rangers reach the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Finals before New York lost to the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers won the President’s Trophy the very next year and again reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
As a part of the NHL’s “Original Six”, the New York Rangers etched their name in hockey lore long ago and the team’s memorabilia is always in demand. Entire generations of families have been New York Rangers fans and there is no better way to show off your fandom with an authentic collective from SportsMemorabilia.com. Whether your favorite Rangers team involved Mark Messier or Brian Leetch, or you look up to newer stars like Dan Boyle and Henrik Lundqvist, fans cannot go wrong with having Rangers gear hanging on their wall. From their classic red, white and blue jerseys to photos of Mark Messier joyously holding the cup, any New York Rangers collectible would look terrific in your home or office.
Collecting The New York Rangers Memorabilia