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The Rangers were not the first hockey team to represent New York City in the NHL, but they do owe their inception to the long defunct New York Americans.  In 1925, the entire Hamilton Tigers roster was sold to "Big Bill" Dwyer, a notorious bootlegger during prohibition, who promptly dubbed his new team the New York Americans and set up shop in Madison Square Garden.

The star-spangled Americans drew the attention of one very important fan, Tex Rickard a boxing promoter who had been responsible for building Madison Square Garden and was said to be attracted by the speed of the game of hockey.  Rickard quickly secured a franchise that would begin playing in the 1926-27 season, all for the price of $50,000.  The move upset Dwyer and the Americans, who had thought they had an agreement in place to be the lone hockey tenant of the newly opened Garden.

The new team was in search of a moniker of their own, and initially were knicknamed "Tex's Rangers", before switching over to the name that is still with the team today: the New York Rangers.  Aside from some questionable naming, Rickard knew what he had to do, and brought in Conn Smythe to build his new team for a total of just $32,000, but Smythe was never to see how is team would look on the ice.  The strong willed Toronto native butted heads one too many times and Garden President, Colonel John S. Hammond eventually bought out the remainder of the Smythe's contract and turned to hockey legend Lester Patrick to pick up where the his predecessor had left off.

That initial team was built primarily from the ashes of the West Coast Hockey League.  Murray Murdoch, Taffey Abel, Ching Johnson, Frank Boucher, Lorne Chabot and the Cook brothers were all established hockey entities looking for a league to play in.  The team was coached and managed by Lester Patrick, who had himself played in and managed the forerunner to the WCHL.

The team in the ice in November of 1926 and immediately found success.  Playing in front of a sell out crowd, the Rangers scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory, backstopped by Hal Winkler with the shut-out.  Lorne Chabot however, would see the most time in nets with a 22-9-5 record in 36 appearances, including 10 shutouts.  The team was so good that they had just one three game losing streak, and only one other time did they lose back to back games.  The result was a first place finish in the American Division and a date with Boston in the playoffs.

After playing out a scoreless tie in Boston, the Rangers managed just one goal in their own building to the Bruins three.  The resulting loss ended the Rangers first season in the league...an impressive debut.

November 16th, 1926
The New York Rangers make their debut against the Montreal Maroons.  The home team wins 1-0 and Frank Boucher has the only fight of his NHL career.

Bill Cook scores the first goal in franchise history at 18:37 of the second period.

November 25th, 1926
The Rangers suffer their first loss and shutout at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 2-0 loss.

March 5th - March 25th, 1927
The team goes on a seven game unbeaten streak (5-0-2), before finishing the season with a loss, but nine points clear of the second placed Bruins.

April 2nd, 1927
New York debuts in the playoffs with a 0-0 tie in Boston.

 Standings
 American Conference
Rangers 25 13 6 95 72 56
Bruins 21 20 3 97 89 45
Blackhawks 19 22 3 115 116 41
Pirates 15 26 3 79 108 33
Cougars 12 28 4 76 105 28
 
Cup Winner: Ottawa Senators

Complete Standings

Complete Results

 Playoffs
Semifinal
at Boston Bruins 0-0 0-0
Boston Bruins 1-3 0-1
Bruins win total goals series: 3-1

 Team Leaders
Goals Bill Cook 33
Assists Frank Boucher 15
Points Bill Cook 37
PIM Taffy Abel 78

Complete Statistics

 Awards
Art Ross Bill Cook
 Transactions
 Additions
01.01 Leo Bourgeault
11.23 Stan Brown
11.09 Bill Boyd
10.27 Hal Winkler
10.25 Ollie Reinikka
10.19 Leroy Goldsworthy
10.18 Bun Cook
10.18 Bill Cook
10.12 Paul Thompson
10.09 Reg Mackey
09.28 Frank Boucher
09.02 Frank Waite
09.02 Melville Vail
09.02 Murray Murdoch
09.02 Ching Johnson
09.02 Lorne Chabot
08.14 Taffy Abel
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October 14th, 2016

Who was the last #40 to score a goal for NYR before Grabner?

Answer...
  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Capitals 61 41 13 7 89  
  Penguins 59 37 14 8 82  
  Rangers 61 40 19 2 82  
  Blue Jackets 59 38 16 5 81  
  Canadiens 61 32 21 8 72  
  Senators 59 32 21 6 70  
  Maple Leafs 60 28 20 12 68  
  Bruins 61 31 24 6 68  
  Islanders 61 29 22 10 68  
  Panthers 60 28 22 10 66  
  Flyers 60 28 25 7 63  
  Sabres 60 26 24 10 62  
  Lightning 60 27 25 8 62  
  Devils 61 25 25 11 61  
  Hurricanes 57 25 24 8 58  
  Red Wings 60 24 26 10 58  
FULL STANDINGS
  RANDOM RANGER

RAY MANSON
(1948-1949)
  Born: Dec 3 - 1926  
  Pos: Left Wing  
  GP: 1  
  G: 0  
  A: 1  
  Pts: 1  
  PIMs: 0  

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