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1998–99 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 11th Eastern
1998–99 record 33–38–11
Home record 17–19–5
Road record 16–19–6
Goals for 217
Goals against 227
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach John Muckler
Captain Brian Leetch
Alternate captains Adam Graves
Unknown
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,200 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Adam Graves (38)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (53)
Points Wayne Gretzky (62)
Penalties in minutes Ulf Samuelsson (93)
Wins Mike Richter (27)
Goals against average Mike Richter (2.63)
GretzkyFinal

Wayne Gretzky's Farewell Game at Madison Square Garden

The 1998–99 New York Rangers season was the 73rd season for the franchise. The aspect of the season was that it was Wayne Gretzky’s final season.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 7 Manny Malhotra (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
New York Rangers 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
New York Islanders 82 24 48 10 194 244 58

The Great One RetiresEdit

Wayne Gretzky's last NHL game in Canada was on April 16, 1999, in a 2–2 tie with the Ottawa Senators, and his final game was a 2–1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins which had Jaromir Jagr, the future Ranger captain, scoring the game winning goal on April 18, 1999 in the Madison Square Garden. The national anthems in that game were adjusted to accommodate Gretzky's departure. In place of "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee", Bryan Adams sang "We're going to miss you Wayne Gretzky".[1] The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by John Amirante, was changed from "the land of the free" to "the land of Wayne Gretzky". He scored his final point in this game, assisting on the lone New York goal scored by Brian Leetch. Gretzky was named as the first, second, and third star of both games. Only Maurice Richard has had such an honour, when during the Stanley Cup Playoffs on March 23, 1944, he scored five dominating goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His Montreal Canadiens won 5–1.

At the time of his retirement, Gretzky was the second-to-last WHA player still active in professional hockey, Mark Messier being the last. Messier, himself a former Ranger, along with other representatives of the great Edmonton dynasty of the 1980s, attended the game[2]. Gretzky's final game was considered a "national retirement party" in Canada[2], and Bryan Adams's rendition of "O Canada" was like a "lullaby."[2] As the final seconds ticked away, the crowd at Madison Square Garden gave him a standing ovation, capping off "an entirely satisfying, weekend-long going-away party" in Canada[2], as there would be "No Regretzkys."[2]

Gretzky told Scott Morrison that the final game of his career was his greatest day[3]. He recounted:

My last game in New York was my greatest day in hockey...Everything you enjoy about the sport of hockey as a kid, driving to practice with mom [Phyllis] and dad [Walter], driving to the game with mom and dad, looking in the stands and seeing your mom and dad and your friends, that all came together in that last game in New York.[3]

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOct 9, 19980–1 Philadelphia Flyers0–1–0
2LOct 10, 19981–7 @ Montreal Canadiens0–2–0
3LOct 12, 19982–4 St. Louis Blues0–3–0
4LOct 16, 19981–2 New Jersey Devils0–4–0
5TOct 17, 19983–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins0–4–1
6WOct 20, 19983–2 Edmonton Oilers1–4–1
7WOct 22, 19983–2 New York Islanders2–4–1
8TOct 24, 19982–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers2–4–2
9TOct 27, 19980–0 OT Buffalo Sabres2–4–3
10WOct 30, 19981–0 Carolina Hurricanes3–4–3
11LNov 3, 19981–3 @ New Jersey Devils3–5–3
12LNov 4, 19981–4 Montreal Canadiens3–6–3
13TNov 7, 19986–6 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs3–6–4
14WNov 10, 199810–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning4–6–4
15LNov 11, 19981–4 @ Florida Panthers4–7–4
16TNov 13, 19983–3 OT Boston Bruins4–7–5
17LNov 18, 19981–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim4–8–5
18WNov 19, 19985–1 @ Los Angeles Kings5–8–5
19TNov 21, 19982–2 OT @ San Jose Sharks5–8–6
20LNov 25, 19982–4 @ Buffalo Sabres5–9–6
21TNov 27, 19982–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins5–9–7
22WNov 29, 19985–1 Nashville Predators6–9–7
23WDec 1, 19985–4 OT Florida Panthers7–9–7
24WDec 2, 19983–2 @ New York Islanders8–9–7
25WDec 5, 19982–1 @ Ottawa Senators9–9–7
26WDec 7, 19986–2 Toronto Maple Leafs10–9–7
27LDec 9, 19981–2 Colorado Avalanche10–10–7
28LDec 11, 19980–2 @ Buffalo Sabres10–11–7
29WDec 14, 19985–2 Calgary Flames11–11–7
30LDec 16, 19983–6 @ New Jersey Devils11–12–7
31LDec 19, 19984–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs11–13–7
32LDec 23, 19980–1 Carolina Hurricanes11–14–7
33WDec 26, 19986–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes12–14–7
34LDec 30, 19981–3 @ Phoenix Coyotes12–15–7
35WDec 31, 19986–3 @ Colorado Avalanche13–15–7
36WJan 2, 19991–0 @ St. Louis Blues14–15–7
37WJan 4, 19994–3 San Jose Sharks15–15–7
38LJan 6, 19992–5 New Jersey Devils15–16–7
39LJan 7, 19991–5 @ Washington Capitals15–17–7
40WJan 10, 19995–2 Tampa Bay Lightning16–17–7
41WJan 13, 19994–3 OT New York Islanders17–17–7
42LJan 15, 19991–3 Chicago Blackhawks17–18–7
43LJan 16, 19990–3 @ Montreal Canadiens17–19–7
44LJan 19, 19991–2 Ottawa Senators17–20–7
45LJan 21, 19991–2 Florida Panthers17–21–7
46WJan 26, 19994–1 @ Washington Capitals18–21–7
47LJan 28, 19992–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes18–22–7
48WJan 30, 19993–2 @ Detroit Red Wings19–22–7
49LFeb 1, 19991–3 Washington Capitals19–23–7
50WFeb 4, 19998–4 Vancouver Canucks20–23–7
51LFeb 7, 19992–3 @ Boston Bruins20–24–7
52LFeb 12, 19991–3 Carolina Hurricanes20–25–7
53LFeb 14, 19992–4 Detroit Red Wings20–26–7
54WFeb 15, 19997–4 @ Nashville Predators21–26–7
55LFeb 17, 19993–6 Montreal Canadiens21–27–7
56WFeb 19, 19996–1 Pittsburgh Penguins22–27–7
57WFeb 21, 19992–1 OT @ Edmonton Oilers23–27–7
58LFeb 22, 19992–6 @ Calgary Flames23–28–7
59WFeb 26, 19993–0 Phoenix Coyotes24–28–7
60WFeb 28, 19996–5 Philadelphia Flyers25–28–7
61TMar 2, 19992–2 OT Dallas Stars25–28–8
62WMar 4, 19994–2 @ Washington Capitals26–28–8
63WMar 7, 19993–1 @ Boston Bruins27–28–8
64WMar 8, 19993–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs28–28–8
65LMar 10, 19990–3 Ottawa Senators28–29–8
66LMar 12, 19994–5 Boston Bruins28–30–8
67WMar 14, 19993–2 OT @ New York Islanders29–30–8
68TMar 15, 19991–1 OT Washington Capitals29–30–9
69LMar 19, 19992–3 OT Buffalo Sabres29–31–9
70TMar 21, 19992–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins29–31–10
71LMar 22, 19993–6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning29–32–10
72WMar 24, 19992–1 @ Florida Panthers30–32–10
73LMar 27, 19991–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers30–33–10
74WMar 29, 19993–1 New York Islanders31–33–10
75LApr 2, 19991–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim31–34–10
76LApr 4, 19991–4 @ New Jersey Devils31–35–10
77WApr 5, 19995–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers32–35–10
78LApr 8, 19992–6 @ Chicago Blackhawks32–36–10
79LApr 9, 19991–3 @ Dallas Stars32–37–10
80WApr 12, 19992–1 Tampa Bay Lightning33–37–10
81TApr 15, 19992–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators33–37–11
82LApr 18, 19991–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins33–38–11

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 70 9 53 62 14-23303
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 82 28 27 55 4651112
Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch D 82 13 42 55 42-7401
Graves, AdamAdam Graves LW 82 38 15 53 47-121427
Nedved, PetrPetr Nedved C 56 20 27 47 50-6913
Savard, MarcMarc Savard C 70 9 36 45 38-7401
Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW 81 23 20 43 64-10803
Sundstrom, NiklasNiklas Sundstrom RW 81 13 30 43 20-2123
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble RW 82 15 20 35 26-7301
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider D 75 10 24 34 71-19502
Harvey, ToddTodd Harvey RW/C 37 11 17 28 72-1602
Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra C 73 8 8 16 13-2102
Samuelsson, UlfUlf Samuelsson D 67 4 8 12 936000
Fedyk, BrentBrent Fedyk LW 67 4 6 10 30-11010
Beukeboom, JeffJeff Beukeboom D 45 0 9 9 60-2000
Kovalev, AlexAlex Kovalev RW 14 3 4 7 12-6101
Fraser, ScottScott Fraser C 28 2 4 6 14-12100
Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D 52 1 5 6 92-12001
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 68 1 4 5 40-12000
Brennan, RichRich Brennan D 24 1 3 4 23-4000
Ndur, RumunRumun Ndur D 31 1 3 4 46-2000
Lacroix, EricEric Lacroix LW 30 2 1 3 4-5001
Pronger, SeanSean Pronger C 14 0 3 3 4-3000
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 32 0 3 3 38-5000
Mertzig, JanJan Mertzig D 23 0 2 2 8-5000
Karpovtsev, AlexanderAlexander Karpovtsev D 2 1 0 1 01000
Armstrong, DerekDerek Armstrong C 3 0 0 0 00000
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier G 22 0 0 0 20000
Dube, ChristianChristian Dube C 6 0 0 0 00000
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Langdon, DarrenDarren Langdon LW 44 0 0 0 80-3000
Maneluk, MikeMike Maneluk LW 4 0 0 0 4-1000
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 18 0 0 0 8-1000
Richter, MikeMike Richter G 68 0 0 0 00000
Smith, GeoffGeoff Smith D 4 0 0 0 2-5000
Stock, P.J.P.J. Stock C 5 0 0 0 6-1000
Witehall, JohanJohan Witehall LW 4 0 0 0 00000
York, HarryHarry York C 5 0 0 0 4-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Richter, MikeMike Richter 3878 68 27 30 8 170 2.63 418981728.910
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 1097 22 6 8 3 49 2.68 0570521.914
Team: 4975 82 33 38 11 219 2.64 4 24682249 .911

[4]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brady, Erik. "He loved 'every part of the game'", USA Today, April 19, 1999. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 133. ISBN 1-55278-408-8. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Morrison, Scott (2008). Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 66. ISBN 978-1-55470-086-8. 
  4. 1998-99 New York Rangers Statistics. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-26.
New York Rangers
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Madison Square Garden
Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)


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