The New York Rangers are one of the oldest franchises in hockey, and are a member of the Original Six. In their 85-year history, 919 players have played at least one game for the Blueshirts. This article will break down the greatest player to wear each number for the Rangers. (If a number is not listed, it means that it has never been worn in team history).
No. 00: John Davidson (Goaltender, 1975-1983)
Although better known for wearing other numbers, “JD” wore No. 00 in 1977-78, and is the only player in Rangers history to wear the number. Davidson played eight seasons with the Rangers, highlighted by the improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.
No. 1: Ed Giacomin (Goaltender, 1965-1975)
Ed Giacomin is one of the greatest goalies, and arguably the most popular Ranger, in the team’s history. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, Giacomin spent the majority of his career with the Rangers. In 11 seasons on Broadway, Giacomin was voted as the team’s MVP three times, won the Vezina Trophy in 1970-71 (along with Gilles Villemure) and set the Rangers record with 49 career shutouts.
When he retired, he held the team record for games played and wins by a goaltender. In 1989, No. 1 was raised to the Garden rafters in honor of “Eddie."
Honorable mentions: Gump Worsley, Chuck Rayner
No. 2: Brian Leetch (Defenseman, 1988-2004)
Brian Leetch is arguably the greatest Ranger in team history. Drafted by the Rangers in the first round of the 1986 draft, Leetch would win the Calder Trophy in 1989 as Rookie of the Year. In his 17-year Rangers career, Leetch would go on to win two Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenseman, the 1996 World Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994.
Along the way, the 11-time All-Star would set 42 team records, including most goals, assists and points by a defenseman. On January 24th, 2008, No. 2 was retired for Leetch, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Honorable mentions: Brad Park, Art Coulter
No. 3: Harry Howell (Defenseman, 1952-69)
Harry Howell is one of the greatest defensemen to play for the Rangers. Howell holds the team record for games played with 1,160. In his 17 seasons on Broadway, Howell established himself as a terrific defensive defenseman. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, Howell was a six-time All-Star and won the Norris Trophy in 1967.
On February 22nd, 2009, the Rangers retired Howell’s No. 3.
Honorable mentions: Ott Heller, Ivan “Ching” Johnson
No. 4: Ron Greschner (Defenseman, 1974-90)
Prior to Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner was the best offensive defenseman to play for the Blueshirts. Greschner played 16 seasons for the Rangers, and was the link between the two greatest homegrown players in team history, Leetch and Rod Gilbert. Greschner was taken in the second round of the 1974 draft, and made his NHL debut after only seven games in the minors.
A career Ranger, Greschner retired with team records for goals, assists and points for a defenseman.
Honorable mentions: Alex Shibicky, Kevin Lowe
No. 5: Bill Cook (Right Wing, 1926-37)
An original Ranger, Bill Cook was the team’s first captain and superstar. As part of the “A Line” with his brother Fred “Bun” Cook and Frank Boucher, Cook was the captain of the 1928 and 1933 Stanley Cup championship teams. In the Rangers’ inaugural 1926-27 season, Cook led the NHL in goals and points.
The first Ranger to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and International Hockey Hall of Fame, Cook still holds the team record for hat tricks and points in a period.
Honorable mentions: Buddy O’Connor, Barry Beck
No. 6: Fred “Bun” Cook (Left Wing, 1926-36)
An original Ranger, Fred “Bun” Cook was a key member of two Rangers Stanley Cup championship teams. Although overshadowed by the goal-scoring of his older brother Bill, Cook was a vital part of the “A Line” with his brother and Frank Boucher. The line scored every goal for the Rangers in the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, as “Bun” registered two goals and an assist in helping the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup.
Cook was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
Honorable mentions: Neil Colville, Doug Lidster
No. 7: Rod Gilbert (Right Wing, 1960-78)
Rod Gilbert is the greatest forward to have spent the majority of his career playing for the Blueshirts. A career Ranger, Gilbert played 18 seasons, establishing team records for goals and points. As a member of the “G-A-G Line” with Vic Hadfield and Jean Ratelle, Gilbert scored 406 goals and collected 1,021 points despite never getting 50 goals or 100 points in a single season.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982, Gilbert’s No. 7 was retired in 1979, the first to be retired by the organization.
Honorable mentions: Frank Boucher, Phil Watson, Don “Bones” Raleigh
No. 8: Steve Vickers (Left Wing, 1972-82)
A career Ranger, Steve Vickers burst onto the scene in New York. Drafted by the Rangers in the first round of the 1971 draft, Vickers scored 30 goals in his first season in 1972-73, winning the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year. Vickers scored at least 30 goals in each of his first four seasons, including 41 during the 1974-75 season.
In his 10-year career, Vickers set Rangers records for most points in a game with seven, and highest shooting percentage in a season with 29.8 percent in 1979-80.
Honorable mentions: Bob Nevin, Darren Turcotte
No. 9: Andy Bathgate (Right Wing, 1952-64)
Andy Bathgate was a shining light in a period that was a dark tunnel for the Rangers. In his 12 seasons on Broadway, Bathgate was an eight-time All-Star, and was the team’s MVP for four seasons. Bathgate also made the NHL First All-Star Team twice, and won the Hart Trophy as MVP of the league in 1958-59.
When Bathgate was traded to Toronto during the 1963-64 season, his 272 goals were the most in team history. Bathgate was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978, and his No. 9 was raised to the rafters on February 22nd, 2009.
Honorable mentions: Adam Graves, Lynn Patrick
No. 10: Ron Duguay (Right Wing, 1977-83; 1986-88)
Known as much for his Sasson Jeans commercial and Hockey Sock Rock album as his long hair flowing as he skated down the ice, Ron Duguay was a fan favorite from his first game at the Garden. Duguay’s intense play and goal-scoring ability were vital to the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.
Duguay scored at least 20 goals in four of his eight seasons with the Rangers, including 40 goals in 1981-82.
Honorable mentions: Pierre Larouche, Clint Smith
No. 11: Mark Messier (Center, 1991-97; 2000-04)
Mark Messier is the greatest leader in hockey history, and arguably the most beloved Ranger in franchise history. After winning five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, the Rangers acquired Messier, and he immediately changed the culture of the organization. Messier’s greatest moment came in the 1994 playoffs, when he guaranteed the Rangers would win Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils, and scored a natural hat trick in the third period.
Messier’s team-record 12 goals in the 1994 playoffs helped lead the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup since 1940. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, “The Captain” had his No. 11 jersey retired on January 12th, 2006.
Honorable mentions: Vic Hadfield, Ulf Nilsson
No. 12: Bryan Hextall Sr. (Right Wing, 1937-44; 1945-48)
Bryan Hextall Sr. was one of the top scorers of his era. A three-time NHL First Team All-Star, Hextall scored 20 or more goals in seven of his 11 seasons with the Rangers. Hextall led the league in goals during the 1939-40 and 1940-41 seasons, and won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points in the 1941-42 season.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969, Hextall scored the game-winning goal in overtime that won the 1940 Stanley Cup for the Rangers.
Honorable mentions: Don Maloney, Andy Hebenton
No. 13: Sergei Nemchinov (Center, 1991-97)
When the Rangers drafted Sergei Nemchinov, they were hopeful that he could leave the then-communist Soviet Union. In six years with the Rangers, Nemchinov proved to be a key factor to the Rangers’ success in the 1990s. Nemchinov scored 30 goals during his rookie season in 1991-92, and became one of the first four Russians to win the Stanley Cup in 1994.
Honorable mentions: Bob Brooke, Valeri Kamensky
No. 14: Mike Allison (Center, 1980-86)
Mike Allison’s Rangers career seemed destined for great things after his first season. In his rookie year, the 19-year-old Allison scored 24 goals and recorded 38 assists. His 38 assists and 64 points were Rangers rookie records.
However, in the next five years, Allison never played more than 50 games in any season, and failed to record more than 25 points in any season. Allison was traded to Toronto for Walt Poddubny after the 1985-86 season.
Honorable mentions: Brendan Shanahan, Theoren Fleury
No. 15: Jim Neilson (Defenseman, 1962-74)
Although not the most exciting player, Jim Neilson was a classic defensive defenseman on the blue line. In 12 seasons with the Rangers, Neilson’s steadiness made him compatible with Brad Park, who often overshadowed Neilson’s play.
“The Chief” represented the Rangers twice in the All-Star Game, and retired fourth on the Rangers’ all-time games played list.
Honorable mentions: Anders Hedberg, Darren Langdon
No. 16: Mark Pavelich (Center, 1981-86)
After winning a gold medal with the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team in 1980, Pavelich flourished with the Rangers playing under Herb Brooks. Pavelich scored 33 goals his rookie year, and followed that up with 37 the next season.
However, injuries limited Pavelich to only 107 games combined in 1984-85 and 1985-86, and he was dealt to the Minnesota North Stars early in the 1986-87 season.
Honorable mentions: Pat Hickey, Marcel Dionne
No. 17: Brandon Dubinsky (Center, 2006-present)
Even though Brandon Dubinsky has only played four full seasons with the Rangers, he has become a part of their core for the foreseeable future. As a rookie, Dubinsky impressed the coaching staff to the point where he centered the No. 1 line with Jaromir Jagr on the wing. He has re-established his career highs for goals, assists and points every season, finishing 2010-11 with 24 goals and 30 assists.
Honorable mentions: Eddie Johnstone, Kevin Stevens
No. 18: Walt Tkaczuk (Center, 1968-81)
Walt Tkaczuk was a player who could succeed in every facet of the game. A career Ranger, Tkaczuk recorded his best offensive season in his second full season, scoring 27 goals and adding 50 assists. Playing behind the “G-A-G Line” for most of his career, Tkaczuk centered the “Bulldog Line” and combined his goal-scoring ability with his ability to play against the other team’s top line. Tkaczuk’s 945 career games put him fifth on the team’s all-time list.
Honorable mentions: Tony Granato, Marc Staal
No. 19: Jean Ratelle (Center, 1960-75)
Jean Ratelle is one of the greatest Rangers of all time. He centered the greatest line in Rangers history, the “G-A-G Line” with Vic Hadfield and childhood friend Rod Gilbert. Ratelle had his best season in 1971-72, scoring 46 goals and setting a team record with 109 points in only 63 games.
However, Ratelle’s broken ankle at the end of the season has been stated as one of the reasons for the Rangers’ loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Ratelle was part of one of the biggest trades in team history, as he and Park were shipped to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais in 1975.
Honorable mentions: Brian Mullen, Mark Osborne
No. 20: Jan Erixon (Left Wing, 1983-93)
Jan Erixon was a career Ranger who specialized in being in a great defensive forward. Erixon was the inaugural winner, and two-time recipient of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.
Honorable mentions: Phil Goyette, Luc Robitaille
No. 21: Pete Stemkowski (Center, 1970-77)
Pete Stemkowski was a solid player who cemented his legacy in Rangers history with one goal. On April 29th, 1971, Stemkowski ended the longest playoff game in Rangers history by scoring the game-winner in triple-overtime of Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Stemkowski’s best seasons were still ahead of him, as he would score 20 goals in three straight years from 1972-73 through 1974-75.
Honorable mentions: Sergei Zubov, David Shaw
No. 22: Mike Gartner (Right Wing, 1989-94)
Although he only played parts of five seasons with the Rangers, Mike Gartner had some of the best years of his Hall of Fame career in New York. In each of his three full seasons, Gartner scored at least 40 goals, and set the record for goals in a season by a right wing with 49 in 1990-91.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, Gartner led the Rangers in scoring in each season he played with the Rangers.
Honorable mentions: Nick Fotiu, Danny Lewicki
No. 23: Jeff Beukeboom (Defenseman, 1991-99)
Known for his physical play, Jeff Beukeboom was a steady presence on the blue line for eight seasons. A stay-at-home defenseman, Beukeboom was paired with Brian Leetch for the duration of his Rangers career, and they formed one of the top defense pairs in the league. Beukeboom was a vital part of the Rangers’ Stanley Cup championship team in 1994.
Honorable mentions: Ed Hospodar, Lucien Deblois
No. 24: Ryan Callahan (Right Wing, 2006-present)
If somebody were looking for the perfect example of a hockey player with grit, guts and determination, they wouldn’t have to look any further than Ryan Callahan. Since joining the Rangers late in the 2006-07 season, Callahan has become the embodiment of the team identity that the Rangers have created.
In addition to his willingness to sacrifice his body to block a shot, Callahan set career highs in 2010-11 with 23 goals and 25 assists, and entering his prime at age 26, the best may be still to come.
Honorable mentions: Niklas Sundstrom, Jay Wells
No. 25: John Ogrodnick (Left Wing, 1987-92)
John Ogrodnick was one of the top scorers on the Rangers during his five seasons in New York. Ogrodnick’s best year came in 1989-90, when he scored 43 goals, registered 74 points and was voted as team MVP.
Honorable mentions: Alexander Karpovtsev, Peter Sundstrom
No. 26: Dave Maloney (Defenseman, 1974-84)
Dave Maloney joined the Rangers straight out of juniors as an 18-year-old, and became the youngest player to ever suit up in a game in team history. Along the way, Maloney also became the youngest captain in Rangers history when Phil Esposito turned the captaincy over to a 22-year-old Maloney prior to the start of the 1978-79 season.
Maloney’s play on the blue line helped lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.
Honorable mentions: Joey Kocur, Martin Rucinsky
No. 27: Alexei Kovalev (Right Wing, 1992-99; 2003-04)
Despite receiving criticism during his time in New York, Alexei Kovalev remains one of the most talented players to ever play for the Rangers. A first-round pick by the Rangers in 1991, Kovalev went on to score 20 goals in four seasons with the Rangers. Kovalev also added nine goals and 21 points in the 1994 playoffs to become one of the first four Russians to get his name on the Stanley Cup.
Honorable mentions: Ted Irvine, Mike Rogers
No. 28: Tie Domi (Right Wing, 1990-92)
One of the most colorful players and feared enforcers to ever play in the NHL, Tie Domi had some of his most memorable moments with the Rangers. Domi’s two fights with the Red Wings’ Bob Probert are part of one of the biggest fighting rivalries in history. In 82 total games with the Rangers, Domi registered 526 penalty minutes.
Honorable mentions: Tomas Sandstrom, Steve Larmer
No. 29: Reijo Ruotsalainen (Defenseman, 1981-86)
The first Finnish player to play for the Rangers, Ruotsalainen experienced a terrific five-year run on Broadway. Playing much bigger than his 5'8" frame, Ruotsalainen recorded at least 16 goals every season, and recorded at least 56 points. Among Rangers defensemen, his points-per-game totals rival only those of Sergei Zubov, Leetch and Park.
Honorable mentions: Eric Cairns, Lauri Korpikoski
No. 30: Henrik Lundqvist (Goaltender, 2005-present)
In his first six seasons, Henrik Lundqvist has forged a path to become the greatest goaltender in Rangers history. Lundqvist is the only goaltender in NHL history to win at least 30 games in each of his first six seasons. A three-time Vezina nominee, Lundqvist has recorded 213 wins, third in Rangers history behind Mike Richter and Ed Giacomin.
His .918 save percentage is the highest for any goalie to have played at least 82 games for the Rangers, and his five consecutive team MVP awards are the most in Rangers history. With “King Henrik” in New York for at least the next three seasons, he could end up with multiple team records for goaltenders.
Honorable mentions: Gilles Villemure, Glenn Healy
No. 31: Steve Weeks (Goaltender, 1980-84)
Steve Weeks spent the first four years of his 13-year NHL career with the Rangers. In 1981-82, Weeks went 23-16-9 in 49 games with a 3.77 goals against average, and went 1-2 in the playoffs.
Honorable mentions: Dan Blackburn, Alexander Frolov
No. 32: Stephane Matteau (Left Wing, 1994-95)
Stephane Matteau’s Ranger legacy was created by one goal. It just so happened the one goal was the game-winner in double-overtime of Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, and sent the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals. “The Goal” is still one of the most replayed moments in Rangers history.
Honorable mentions: Kevin Miller, Mike Eastwood
No. 33: Tony Amonte (Right Wing, 1991-94)
Tony Amonte’s Rangers and NHL career got off to a fast start. Drafted in the fourth round of the 1988 Draft, Amonte spent his rookie year on Mark Messier’s right wing. Amonte scored 35 goals in 1991-92, and was nominated for the Calder Trophy. Amonte was dealt to the Blackhawks at the 1994 trade deadline for two key contributors for the Stanley Cup champions, Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.
Honorable mentions: Bob Froese, Bruce Driver
No. 34: John Vanbiesbrouck (Goaltender, 1981-82; 1983-93)
One of the best goaltenders in team history, John Vanbiesbrouck manned the nets at the Garden for 11 seasons. “Beezer” had his best season in 1985-86. Vanbiesbrouck won the Vezina Trophy as best goaltender in the league, and then led the Rangers on an improbable run to the Eastern Conference finals.
Vanbiesbrouck’s 200 wins with the Rangers make him fifth on the team’s all-time wins list.
Honorable mentions: Jason Strudwick, Bryan Berard
No. 35: Mike Richter (Goaltender, 1989-2003)
Mike Richter is the greatest goaltender in Rangers history. After splitting his first four seasons in goal with John Vanbiesbrouck, Richter became the team’s No. 1 goalie in 1993-94. Richter won 42 games during the 1994 season, and picked up 16 more wins in the playoffs, leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup. A three-time All-Star, Richter holds several team records, including most wins, games played and minutes played in a season and career.
On February 4th, 2004, his No. 35 was raised to the rafters.
Honorable mentions: Steve Baker, Ron Scott
No. 36: Matthew Barnaby (Right Wing, 2001-04)
Matthew Barnaby was known for being a tenacious, in-your-face player who was willing to drop the gloves with anybody in the league. His willingness to protect his teammates was one of the reasons he won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in 2002-03. In 196 games with the Rangers, Barnaby collected 406 penalty minutes.
Honorable mentions: Glenn Anderson, Mats Zuccarello
No. 37: George McPhee (Left Wing, 1983-87)
George McPhee was known for being one of the best middleweight fighters in the league. In 109 games with the Rangers, McPhee collected 247 penalty minutes.
Honorable mentions: Paul Broten, Mikael Samuelsson
No. 38: Michael Sauer (Defenseman, 2008-09; 2010-11)
Michael Sauer opened eyes in his rookie season in the NHL. Paired with fellow rookie Ryan McDonagh, Sauer demonstrated his willingness to stand up for his teammates by dropping the gloves, as well as having a plus-20 plus/minus rating.
Honorable mentions: P.A. Parenteau, Ronald Petrovicky
No. 39: Doug Weight (Center, 1991-93)
Doug Weight’s long NHL career began with a brief start on Broadway. Weight put up decent numbers in his first two NHL seasons, before being traded to the Oilers for Esa Tikkanen.
Honorable mentions: Dan Cloutier, Vladimir Vorobiev
No. 40: Steve Valiquette (Goaltender, 2003-04; 2006-2010)
Steve Valiquette served as a very capable backup to Henrik Lundqvist for four seasons. Valiquette was able to give the Rangers quality games despite going two or three weeks between games. In 2007-08, Valiquette went 5-3-3 in 13 games with a 2.19 goals against average.
Honorable mentions: Jussi Markkanen, Dennis Vial
No. 41: Jed Ortmeyer (Right Wing, 2003-07)
Jed Ortmeyer became a fan favorite with the Rangers for his ability to block shots and give 100 percent effort every shift he played. His popularity with Rangers fans contributed to him winning two Steven McDonald Extra Effort Awards.
Honorable mentions: Eddie Mio, Steve Richmond
No. 42: Artem Anisimov (Center, 2008-present)
Artem Anisimov has become one of the best centers on the Rangers roster. In 2010-2011 at the age of 22, Anisimov scored 18 goals and had 44 points.
Honorable mentions: Greg Moore, Paul Fenton
No. 43: Martin Biron (Goaltender, 2010-present)
Martin Biron is only the second player to ever wear No. 43 for the Rangers. Backing up Henrik Lundqvist in 2010-11, Biron went 8-6-0 with a 2.13 goals against average in 17 games before a broken collarbone ended his season prematurely.
Honorable mention: Jason MacDonald
No. 44: Ryan Hollweg (Left Wing, 2005-08)
Ryan Hollweg was a solid checking-line player with the Rangers after the lockout. Despite being 5'10", Hollweg was always willing to drop the gloves with the league’s heavyweights. In 200 games with the Rangers, Hollweg registered 311 penalty minutes.
Honorable mentions: Lindy Ruff, Steve Eminger
No. 45: Dmitri Kalinin (Defenseman, 2008-09)
Dmitri Kalinin became the first player to wear No. 45 for the Rangers. After struggling for much of the 2008-09 season, he was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Honorable mentions: Jody Shelley, Kris Newbury
No. 47: Rich Pilon (Defenseman, 1999-2001)
After spending the majority of his career with the rival Islanders, Rich Pilon joined the Rangers with the hopes that he could replace physical defenseman Jeff Beukeboom. In two seasons with the Rangers, Pilon struggled to stay healthy, but managed to score two of his eight career goals and register 211 penalty minutes in 114 games.
Honorable mentions: Pat Price, Mike Green
No. 49: Dan Fritsche (Center, 2008-09)
Dan Fritsche is the only player to No. 49 for the Rangers. He was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Nikolai Zherdev before the 2008-09 season, and was dealt to the Minnesota Wild during the year for Erik Reitz.
No. 51: Fedor Tyutin (Defenseman, 2004-08)
Fedor Tyutin is the only player to wear No. 51 for the Rangers. Tyutin was a highly touted defenseman who was a solid defenseman for three seasons after the lockout. As a member of the Rangers, Tyutin represented Russia at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. Tyutin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets after the 2007-08 season for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.
No. 53: Derek Morris (Defenseman, 2009)
Derek Morris was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline in 2009. In 18 regular-season games with the Rangers, he collected eight assists.
Honorable mention: Layne Ulmer
No. 54: Bobby Sanguinetti (Defenseman, 2009-10)
Bobby Sanguinetti is the only player to wear No. 54 for the Rangers. A first-round pick in 2006, Sanguinetti played five games in 2009-10, and was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes after the season.
No. 55: Igor Ulanov (Defenseman, 2001-02)
Igor Ulanov played 39 games for the Rangers during the 2001-02 season. He was traded during the season to the Florida Panthers as part of a package for Pavel Bure.
Honorable mentions: Marty McSorley, Christian Backman
No. 61: Pascal Dupuis (Left Wing, 2006-07)
Pascal Dupuis is the only Ranger to wear No. 61. Dupuis was acquired midway through the 2006-07 season from the Minnesota Wild for Adam Hall. After playing six games with the Rangers, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Alex Bourret.
No. 68: Jaromir Jagr (Right Wing, 2004-08)
Jaromir Jagr is the only player to wear No. 68 for the Rangers. After struggling with the Washington Capitals for a few seasons, Jagr had resurrected his career with the Rangers after the lockout. Playing on a line with fellow Czech Martin Straka and Michael Nylander, Jagr set Ranger single-season records with 54 goals and 123 points during the 2005-06 season.
Jagr won the 2006 Lester B. Pearson Award as the players' choice for MVP, and was nominated for the Hart Trophy.
No. 71: Mike Rupp (2011-12)
Mike Rupp will become the first Ranger to wear No. 71 during the 2011-12 season.
No. 77: Phil Esposito (Center, 1975-81)
Phil Esposito is the only Ranger to wear No. 77. He was part of one of the biggest trades in Rangers history, as he was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Jean Ratelle and Brad Park. Esposito scored at least 30 goals in each of his first five seasons with the Rangers, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.
No. 80: Kevin Weekes (Goaltender, 2005-07)
Kevin Weekes signed with the Rangers in August of 2004, but had to wait a year to make his Rangers debut because of the NHL lockout. Weekes split time with Henrik Lundqvist, winning 18 games in his two seasons on Broadway.
Honorable mention: Nik Antropov
No. 81: Marcel Hossa (Left Wing, 2005-08)
Marcel Hossa spent parts of three seasons with the Rangers following the lockout. As a member of the Rangers, he represented Slovakia at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. In 164 games, Hossa scored 21 goals.
Honorable mention: Enver Lisin
No. 82: Martin Straka (Left Wing, 2005-08)
Martin Straka is the only Ranger to wear No. 82. Straka was signed before the start of the 2005-06 season, and played on a line with Jaromir Jagr, his former teammate in Pittsburgh. Straka recorded at least 70 points in each of his first two seasons with the Rangers.
No. 86: Wojtek Wolski (Left Wing, 2010-present)
Wojtek Wolski is the only Ranger to wear No. 86. Wolski was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Michal Rozsival. In 37 games with the Rangers in 2010-11, Wolski scored six goals and had 13 assists.
No. 87: Donald Brashear (Left Wing, 2009-10)
Donald Brashear is the only Ranger to wear No. 87. After years of physically tormenting the Rangers, Brashear never became acclimated with the team or the fans. In 36 games with the Rangers, Brashear recorded one assist and had 73 penalty minutes.
No. 88: Eric Lindros (Center, 2001-04)
After watching Eric Lindros dominate the Rangers as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers acquired Lindros before the 2001-02 season. Lindros, who had concussion problems with the Flyers, was considered damaged goods. In his first year with the Rangers, Lindros scored 37 goals and recorded 73 points.
However, Lindros was limited during the next two years because of concussion problems.
Honorable mention: Ken Hodge
No. 91: Markus Naslund (Left Wing, 2008-09)
Markus Naslund was the first Ranger to wear No. 91. After a distinguished career in Vancouver, Naslund signed with the Rangers for the 2008-09 season. In his one season with the Rangers, Naslund scored 24 goals, and called it a career after the season.
Honorable mention: Evgeny Grachev
No. 92: Michael Nylander (Center, 2005-07)
Michael Nylander is the only Ranger to wear No. 92. In his two seasons with the Rangers, Nylander centered Jaromir Jagr, and the two formed a formidable partnership. Nylander set career highs in 2006-07, scoring 26 goals and adding 57 assists for 83 points.
No. 93: Petr Nedved (Center, 1994-95; 1998-2004)
Petr Nedved is the only Ranger to wear No. 93. Nedved centered the “Czechmate Line,” playing alongside fellow Czechs Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak. Nedved’s best year with the Rangers came in 2000-01, when he scored 32 goals and had 78 points.
No. 94: Derek Boogaard (Left Wing, 2010-11)
Derek Boogaard is the only Ranger to wear No. 94. One of the most feared enforcers in hockey history, Boogaard joined the Rangers prior to the 2010-11 season. In 22 games with the Rangers, Boogaard had one goal, one assist and 45 penalty minutes. Unfortunately, Boogaard passed away on May 13, 2011.
No. 97: Matt Gilroy (Defenseman, 2009-11)
Matt Gilroy is the only Ranger to wear No. 97. Gilroy signed with the Rangers after winning the national championship and Hobey Baker Award the year before at Boston University. Gilroy played solid defense on the blue line for two seasons. After the 2010-11 season, Gilroy signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
No. 99: Wayne Gretzky (Center, 1996-99)
Wayne Gretzky, “The Great One," is the only Ranger to wear No. 99. Gretzky was reunited with Mark Messier in New York for the 1996-97 season. In 1996-97, Gretzky registered 97 points, and scored two hat tricks in the Rangers’ run to the Eastern Conference finals.
On April 18, 1999, Gretzky played his final game in the NHL at Madison Square Garden. Gretzky led the team in scoring in each of his three seasons with the Rangers.