About New York Rangers
The Rangers which were founded in 1926 are members of the “Original Six” group. The franchise was the first one in USA to win the Stanley Cup and they have won four times, the last time being in 1993-94. The team had an early success, qualifying to 9 straight playoff appearances since joined the league and winning two championships in this period of time.
The team later added another title in 1939-40 and their fortunes changed with the Rangers reaching the postseason only 6 times between 1942 and 1966. After that period the franchise was a regular playoff contender reaching the finals twice in the seventies but it wasn’t until the 1993-94 season when they came back to the top of the league.
Since then the Rangers had a run of several bad seasons when they missed the playoffs in late nineties and early years of the century but they appeared in another final series in 2014 where they lost to the Kings. They are members of Metropolitan Division in Eastern Conference, that was formed in 2013 and the franchise already managed to grab one divisional title here.
The team’s colours are blue, red and white and they’re only one of three NHL teams without an official mascot.
The head coaching role is Alain Vingeault’s job who’s played as a defenceman in NHL in early eighties.
He joined the Rangers in 2013 after having coached couple of other NHL teams before that. His top achievement is winning Jack Adams Award (NHL coach of the year) in 2007. He was also a finalist to this award three more times.
The Rangers don’t need to worry about their goal post defence as they have “King Henrik” there. The nickname was awarded to Henrik Lundqvist in his rookie season after his phenomenal inaugural year.
He’s been drafted by the team in 2000 and played for them since 2006. He won Vezina Trophy (best goalie) in 2012 and he’s been named the Rangers MVP seven times during his tenure with them.
He also had plenty of international success that includes a gold medal in Winter Olympic which he won playing for his team, Sweden.
The nominated captain is Ryan McDonagh who has spent all his NHL career playing for the Rangers, as a defenceman. Drafted 12th overall in 2007 draft, McDonagh played for the team since 2010. He led the Rangers’ defenseman in points scored in 2013-14. The same season he was named the team’s MVP.
There’s plenty of contributors but perhaps freshly acquired in 2015 via trade, Keith Yandle might make the biggest impact. The young defenceman quickly established himself as a great offensive defenseman leading his previous team in scoring two seasons in a row.
The Rangers are a well-known brand and name within the NHL and their recent trip to the Finals can only indicate the franchise wants another championship added and it better happens sooner than later.