The New York Rangers are a successful franchise that have enjoyed four Stanley Cup championships during their existence. They have had numerous legends put on the rangers uniform throughout the years. Here are some of the top Rangers of All time:
Mark Messier was fan favorite among the New York Ranger fans and one of the greatest NHL players of all-time. In 1991, the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the Rangers. It was a move the Rangers felt would finally put them over the hump and put them in a situation to win the Stanley Cup. In his first season in New York, he scored an impressive 35 goals and tallied up 107 points to earn his second MVP award. This was an impressive accolade to the say the least. However, Messier knew what his main objective was when he arrived in New York and that was to bring championship back to the big apple! No one will forget what he did during 1994 playoffs. The Rangers were down 3-2 in the series to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference playoffs and Messier “guaranteed” a win to tie up the series. Well, Messier kept his promise as the Rangers would go on to win that game and he would score 3 goals! Messier would then lead the rangers to a stanley cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks for the first time in 54 years!
Brian Leetch is considered one of the greatest rangers of all time. He was drafted by the Rangers in the first round of the 1987-88 NHL draft and the rest was history. Leetch enjoyed so much success during his days with the blue shirts as he would also win the Rookie of the Year award. This was sign of great things to come. During the Ranger’s Stanley Cup run in 1994, Leetch would have a stellar postseason and win the Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoff MVP. The Rangers retired his jersey in 2008 in front of a great crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Mike Richter is one of the best goalies to ever play for the Rangers. One of Richter’s best years with the team came during the Rangers playoff run and he couldn’t have picked a better time to do. He was standing on his head throughout the Stanley Cup run especially in both Game 7 games against the Canucks and Devils. He was also elected to 3 All-star games as a Ranger.
Gilbert was the first New York Ranger to ever get his number retired, which is an honor and it shows how much he meant to the franchise. He spent 15 successful seasons with the blue shirts. Even though he was never able win the Stanley cup he was still considered one of the best ever. Gilbert still holds the rangers record for most goals with team at 406. A record that does not look like will broken anytime soon.
Graves was a key part of the Rangers Stanley Cup run. His hardwork and determination never went unnoticed by the Ranger faithful. During his career he would score 280 goals, which included his 52 goal season in 1994. Graves also got in number retired in 2009.
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