The “New York Rangers” is a professional ice hockey team situated in the Manhattan area of New York City. The team is part of the Metropolitan Division that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
In the year 1926, the Rangers officially entered the NHL as an expansion team and are also considered as one of the oldest teams in the league. Along with the other 5 teams, namely the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhwaks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, the Rangers are part of the NHL’s Original Six Franchise.
The team was founded in 1996 under the ownership of George Lewis “Tex” Rickard, who was the Madison Square Garden President at that time. Tex was granted an NHL franchise to play for the 1926-1927 season, he named the new franchised team as the “Tex’s Rangers”.
Before becoming the Rangers, Rickard has been partnered with Conn Smythe, who was the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After Smythe’s conflicts with one of Rickard’s hockey men, he was fired with a $2500. Lester Patrick took over his position, who was one of the PCHA’s (Pacific Coast Hockey Association) founders.
The Rangers had their first victory with one American Division title, however, the team was beaten by the Boston Bruins during the final playoffs.
During their early years of success, the team got highlighted and was nicknamed the “The Broadway Blueshirts”, the nickname was out after they had played in the Garden 48th street.
At the time of their fame, the team flew to Toronto for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which they lost with a record of 7-6. However, after losing a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the following season, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup against the Montreal Maroons with a record of two wins out of three games.
Upon entering the years 2000s, they have been through ups and downs and their career was into mixed winnings and losses. Despite the struggles, the team has been striving and working hard through years of their existence in the league until now.