History of the New York Rangers: Part One, the 1920's

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 25, 2008

As suggested by NHL co-community leader, Ken Armer, I am going to start a new series on the New York Rangers.

My first series this summer was a ten-part series detailing the "Top Ten Most Important People in Franchise History."

It went over pretty well so I'm going to continue with this.

This nine-part series will cover every decade of New York Rangers' hockey, giving you as many details and stats as I can without dragging things out and making it boring.

The first part of the series starts when the franchise was first born; in the 1920's.

I hope you enjoy the history of the New York Rangers!



1926/27: 25-13-6

1927/28: 19-16-9

1928/29: 21-13-10

1929/30: 17-17-10


Playoff Appearances

1927, 1928, 1929


Stanley Cup Finals Appearances

1927, 1928


Stanley Cup Championships




Bill Cook (1926-1937)



Lester Patrick (1926-1939)


Award Winners

Frank Boucher (Lady Byng; 1928, 1929)


Team History

Madison Square Garden and owner Tex Rickard were finally granted the right to have an NHL franchise in 1926.

Without having a name for the team, they went with the nickname of "Tex's Rangers" and the team was born.

Rickard would hire the legendary Conn Smythe to be the general manager while hiring another hockey legend, Lester Patrick, to do the coaching.

The Rangers played their first game on November 16, 1926 in front of a packed Madison Square Garden against the Montreal Maroons who they would go on to defeat 1-0.

The Rangers would have success in their innaugural season as they won the American Division before being swept in the playoffs.

In their second season, they finished at an even .500 but it was good enough for a playoff berth.

The Rangers would storm to the Stanley Cup finals where perhaps the most legendary event in hockey would take place.

With the Rangers trailing in the finals after losing game one, their goaltender Lorne Cabot was injured mid way through game two.

That's when forty eight year old coach, Lester Patrick took over and led the Rangers to a win.

Following the game, the Rangers would get a new backup goalie and they would win the Stanley Cup. In doing so they became only the second American team to win while becoming the first team to win the Cup in as early as their second season.

In their final two seasons closing out the 1920's, the Rangers would continue to play inspired hockey and not miss out on the playoffs. They would earn the nickname of, "The Classiest Team in Hockey" because of their fast-paced and clean style of play.

Frank Boucher would go on to win two of his seven Lady Byng trophies in the 1920's, awarded for gentlemanly conduct while playing.

He would win the award so many times that the NHL front office would allow him to keep the silverware.

Thus ended a magnificent decade for the New York Rangers. Make sure to stay tuned for part two, which will be published in the next few days!


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