"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. "
These are the Rangers who worked the front lines of the NHL with incredible courage and class. They scored the huge goals, made the great passes and did the dirty work necessary for the Rangers to win big.
So without any further adieu, here are the top 12 forwards (four lines) in Rangers history.
Please note: Order is as follows: Center, Right Wing, Left Wing.
Mark Messier—The Guarantee. The Cup. The Captain. The best. His number 11 is retired.
Rod Gilbert—Leading scorer in Rangers history. Hall of Fame member. Right winger on the famous Goal a Game (GAG) line of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Scored 1,021 points in 1,065 regular-season games in Ranger Blue. A nine-time NHL All-Star, he's been a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1982. His number 7 is retired.
Adam Graves—Holds the all-time record for goals by a Ranger left winger, as he tallied 52 times during the '94 campaign. Scored 280 goals in 772 regular-season Ranger games. His number 9 is retired.
Jean Ratelle—The smooth-skating, prolific scorer centered the GAG line, one of the best in league history. In 862 regular-season games as a Ranger, he scored 817 points.
Jaromir Jagr—Helped the Rangers climb out of the abyss in 2006 when he recorded a team record 54 goals and 123 points, and the Blueshirts made the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
Vic Hadfield—First player in Rangers history to score 50 goals in a season (1972). Tough and talented, he played the left side on the GAG line.
Frank Boucher—A brilliant passer and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958. Played on two Rangers Stanley Cup winning teams (1928 and 1933) and coached the Blueshirts to the 1940 Stanley Cup. Scored 413 points in 533 regular-season games with the Rangers.
Anders Hedberg—The swift-skating Swede played on the Rangers team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979. Tallied 397 points in 465 games during his regular-season tenure on Broadway.
Don Maloney—Durable, dependable, determined. MVP of the 1984 NHL All-Star Game. In 653 regular-season games with the Rangers, he scored 502 points.
Walt Tkaczuk—One of the most underrated pivots in team history, he played in 945 regular-season games with the Rangers, and finished his career with 678 total points.
Andy Bathgate—Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978, the high-scoring forward tallied 719 points in 729 career regular season games on Broadway. Also an eight-time All-Star with the Rangers. His number 9 is retired.
Steve Vickers—Won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1973. Scored 246 goals in 698 career regular-season games with the Rangers.
Next Up: The top six defensemen in Rangers history, in my humble estimation.