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1993–94 New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Eastern Conference Champions
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
1993–94 record 52–24–8
Home record 28–8–6
Road record 24–16–2
Goals for 299
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Adam Graves
Kevin Lowe
Brian Leetch
Steve Larmer
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,001 (98.9%)
Team leaders
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)
<1992–93 1994–95>

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.

Regular season

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 (now Oilers head coach) 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.

Season standings

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A P +/- PIM
Sergei Zubov 78 12 77 89 20 39
Mark Messier 76 26 58 84 25 76
Adam Graves 84 52 27 79 27 127
Brian Leetch 84 23 56 79 28 67
Steve Larmer 68 21 39 60 14 41
Alexei Kovalev 76 23 33 56 18 154
Esa Tikkanen 83 22 32 54 5 114
Mike Gartner 71 28 24 52 11 58
Sergei Nemchinov 76 22 27 49 13 36
Tony Amonte 72 16 22 38 5 31

Game log

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

1993–94 Game log
October: 7–5–1 (home: 4–2–1; road: 3–3–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Record Pts
1 5 October Bruins 4-3 Rangers No L 0-1-0 0
2 7 October Lightning 4-5 Rangers No W 1-1-0 2
3 9 October Rangers 2-3 Penguins No L 1-2-0 2
4 11 October Capitals 2-5 Rangers No W 2-2-0 4
5 13 October Nordiques 4-6 Rangers No W 3-2-0 6
6 15 October Rangers 5-2 Sabres No W 4-2-0 8
7 16 October Rangers 3-4 Flyers No L 4-3-0 8
8 19 October Mighty Ducks 4-2 Rangers No L 4-4-0 8
9 22 October Rangers 1-4 Lightning No L 4-5-0 8
10 24 October Kings 2-3 Rangers No W 5-5-0 10
11 28 October Canadiens 3-3 Rangers Yes T 5-5-1 11
12 30 October Rangers 4-1 Whalers No W 6-5-1 13
13 31 October Devils 1-4 Rangers No W 7-5-1 15
Player GP G A Pts PIM

Defencemen

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Goaltending

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP W L T SO GAA

Transactions

New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup champions

Roster

  Centers
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • 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.

Playoffs

Stanley Cup Finals

NY Rangers (1) vs. Vancouver (7)
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
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[2] 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.[2]

Impact on the NBA Finals

The New York Knicks, co-captained by Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and coached by Pat Riley, were in the NBA Finals when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, which made their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years a great part of a great chapter in New York City sports history, according to Chicago Bulls Coach Phil Jackson (himself a former Knick and now coach of the Los Angeles Lakers)[3] because Keenan had been part of a concurrent finals series in basketball and hockey in the same city before. In 1992, he coached the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Finals, though they got swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins, as Jackson coached the Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, to the second of their first three straight NBA titles.

However, like in Chicago, Keenan would not see New York City have the distinction of having both NBA and NHL championships in the same year, as the Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, led by Ewing's rival, Hakeem Olajuwon, in seven games. Nevertheless, this great chapter helped him draw many parallels between the two dramas, according to Jackson.[3] Among them were the Rangers' win, because they had many characteristics that were there in his 1992 Bulls, and a second round playoff series between the Knicks and the Bulls that went the full seven games.[3]

Awards and records

Offseason

Draft picks

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)

References

  1. ^ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out
  2. ^ a b Babcock was coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when they lost to the New Jersey Devils in 2003.
  3. ^ a b c Spring of '94. [television]. MSG Network. 2007-05-21.  

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