|1993–94 New York Rangers · NHL|
|Stanley Cup Champions|
|Presidents' Trophy Winners|
|Eastern Conference Champions|
|Atlantic Division Champions|
|General Manager||Neil Smith|
|Alternate captains|| Adam Graves|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Average attendance||18,001 (98.9%)|
|Goals||Adam Graves (52)|
|Assists||Sergei Zubov (77)|
|Points||Sergei Zubov (89)|
|Penalties in minutes||Jeff Beukeboom (170)|
|Wins||Mike Richter (42)|
|Goals against average||Mike Richter (2.57)|
The 1993–94 New York Rangers season was the 68th season for the franchise. The highlight of the season was winning the Stanley Cup and hosting the NHL All-Star Game. The Rangers clinched the Presidents' Trophy by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52–24–8, setting a franchise record with 112 points.
This marked the last season in which the Rangers (and all other MSG properties) were owned by Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western), which was sold near the end of the season to Viacom, which in turn sold them to ITT Corporation and Cablevision. A couple of years later, ITT would sell their share to Cablevision, who still owns the Rangers today.
The 1993–94 season was a magical one for Rangers fans, as Coach Mike Keenan led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years. Two years prior, they picked up center Mark Messier, who was an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers' Cup-winning teams. Adam Graves, who also defected from the Oilers, joined the Rangers as well. Other ex-Oilers on the Blueshirts included trade deadline acquisitions Craig MacTavish and Glenn Anderson. Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov were a solid 1–2 punch on defence. In fact, Zubov led the team in scoring that season with 89 points, and continued to be an all-star defenceman throughout his career. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by Vic Hadfield. This record would later be broken by Jaromir Jagr on April 8, 2006, against the Boston Bruins. New York was not shut out in any of their 84 regular-season games.
|New York Rangers||84||52||24||8||299||231||112|
|New Jersey Devils||84||47||25||12||306||220||106|
|New York Islanders||84||36||36||12||282||264||84|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||84||30||43||11||224||251||71|
|1993–94 Game log|
Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average
- June 25, 1993 – Doug Lidster was traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Rangers in exchange for John Vanbiesbrouck.
- November 2, 1993: Nick Kypreos traded from Hartford Whalers with Barry Richter, Steve Larmer and round 6 pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (Yuri Litvinov) to New York Rangers for Darren Turcotte and James Patrick.
- March 21, 1994:
- Phil Bourque traded from NY Rangers to Ottawa for future considerations.
- Tony Amonte and the rights to Matt Oates traded from NY Rangers to Chicago for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.
- Peter Andersson traded from NY Rangers to Florida for future considerations.
- Mike Gartner traded from NY Rangers to Toronto for Glenn Anderson, the rights to Scott Malone and Toronto's 4th round pick in 1994 Entry Draft.
- Craig MacTavish traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers for Todd Marchant.
New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup champions Edit
- Neil Smith (president/general manager/governor)
- Robert Gutkowski, Stanley Jaffe, Kenneth Munoz (alternate governors)
- Larry Pleau (ass’t general manager)
- Mike Keenan (head coach)
- Colin Campbell (associate coach)
- Dick Todd (ass’t coach)
- Matthew Louhgren (manager-team operations)
- Barry Watkins (director of communications)
- Christer Rockstrom, Tony Feltrin, Martin Madden, Herb Hammond, Darrwin Bennett (scouts)
- Dave Smith (medical trainer)
- Joe Murphy (equipment trainer)
- Mike Folga (equipment manager)
- Bruce Lifrieri (massage therapist)
Stanley Cup engraving
- 1991, 1992 Pittsburgh, and 1993 Montreal included at least one player on the Stanley Cup who did not officially qualify. When the New York Rangers submitted their list of names for engraving, Ed Olczyk and Mike Hartman were included. Ed Olczyk played 37 regular-season games, and played 1 game in the conference finals. Mike Hartman played 35 regular-season games, but did not play in the playoffs. Both players spent the entire season with New York Rangers, and missed over 10 games due to injuries. When the Stanley Cup was engraved, Olczyk and Hartman's names were not included. The Rangers protested so the NHL added Olczyk and Hartman to the bottom of the cup. The NHL does not add missing names after the cup has been engraved, but made an exception in this case.
- NHL now agrees to allows players who do not officially qualify on the Stanley Cup (40 Regular season game, or played in the finals) on the Cup. However, some players who played in playoffs are still left off the Cup. While other players who play less than 10 regular season games and are not dressed in playoff are included.
- Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov, and Sergei Zubov became the first four Russian-trained players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup. Sergei Priakin played in the playoffs for the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Flames. Anatoli Semenov played in the playoffs for 1990 Stanley Cup champion Oilers. Oleg Petrov played in the playoffs for the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens. Neither of these 3 Russian-trained player played enough games to qualify for engraved on the Stanley Cup, but were given Stanley Cup Rings.
Stanley Cup FinalsEdit
|May 31||Vancouver||3||NY Rangers||2||(OT)|
|June 2||Vancouver||1||NY Rangers||3|
|June 4||NY Rangers||5||Vancouver||1|
|June 7||NY Rangers||4||Vancouver||2|
|June 9||Vancouver||6||NY Rangers||3|
|June 11||NY Rangers||1||Vancouver||4|
|June 14||Vancouver||2||NY Rangers||3|
| New York Rangers wins series 4–3|
and Stanley Cup.
| Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)|
wins Conn Smythe Trophy.
During the finals, Coach Mike Keenan made history by becoming the first head coach in a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals on two different teams, having been with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987 when they lost to the Oilers. Mike Babcock would join him in that distinction in 2009 while with the Detroit Red Wings With the Rangers winning Game 7, Keenan avoided becoming the first coach in NHL history to lose a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals on two different teams, but this unfortunate fate would meet Babcock in 2009 when the Red Wings lost to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Awards and recordsEdit
- Brian Leetch, Conn Smythe Trophy
- Most wins by goaltender, season - Mike Richter (1993–94) - 42
- Mike Richter, MVP of NHL All-Star Game
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||College/Junior/Club team (League)|
|1||8||Niklas Sundstrom (LW)||Sweden||Modo (Sweden)|
|2||34||Lee Sorochan (D)||Canada||Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)|
|3||61||Maxim Galanov (D)||Russia||HC Lada Togliatti (Russia)|
|4||86||Sergei Olympiyev (LW)||Belarus||HC Dynamo Minsk (Belarus)|
|5||112||Gary Roach (D)||Canada||Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)|
- ↑ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Babcock was coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when they lost to the New Jersey Devils in 2003.
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|Stanley Cups||1928, 1933, 1940, 1994|
|Affiliates||Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)|
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|Italics indicate Stanley Cup Championship|
|1993–94 NHL season by team|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Hartford • Montreal • Ottawa • Pittsburgh • Quebec|
|Atlantic||Florida • New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Detroit • Dallas • St. Louis • Toronto • Winnipeg|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Calgary • Edmonton • Los Angeles • San Jose • Vancouver|
|See also||1993 NHL Entry Draft • 1994 Stanley Cup Finals|
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