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The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

Updated September 21, 2020 24.9k votes 2.6k voters 30.1k views120 items

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This is a list of the greatest New York Rangers players of all time. One of the Original Six franchises in the NHL, the Rangers have a storied history, albeit one that's generally associated with near misses. Despite the franchise generally being among the league's best, the team has only won one Stanley Cup since 1940. That doesn't mean the team hasn't had some of the best players in the NHL, whether top Rangers goalies or goalscorers.

Some of the greatest Rangers in team history are some of the most recognizable faces in the league. Many NY Rangers players have taken home individual honors, even when the team has faltered. If you want hall of fame players, the Rangers have them. Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and even Wayne Gretzky have suited up on Broadway. The Blueshirts have always featured a rich history of strong goaltending with the likes of Eddie Giacomin, MIke Richter and Henrik Lundqvist all standing between the pipes.

Who are some of the greatest NY Rangers of all time? That's not an easy question, especially when you consider who has played for the team. But it's up to you decide. Are these guys the greatest hockey players of all time or even the best players today? Take a look and vote up and down your favorite Rangers of all time. 

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  • 1
    Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Brian Leetch

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Andy Bathgate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Andy Bathgate

    Centerman

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    BirthplaceÅre, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

  • 4
    Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Mike Richter

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceAbington Township, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Mark Messier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Mark Messier

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • 6
    Rod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Rod Gilbert

    Right wing

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Jean Ratelle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Jean Ratelle

    Centerman

    BirthplaceLake Saint-Jean, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Eddie Giacomin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Eddie Giacomin

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceGreater Sudbury, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • 9
    Brad Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Brad Park

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 10
    Adam Graves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Adam Graves

    Right wing

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 11
    Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Jaromír Jágr

    Right wing

    BirthplaceKladno, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

  • 12
    Vic Hadfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Vic Hadfield

    Left Wing

    BirthplaceOakville, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 13
    Walt Tkaczuk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    114

    Walt Tkaczuk

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEmsdetten, Germany

    NationalityCanada, Germany

  • 14
    Ryan McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Ryan McDonagh

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Harry Howell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Harry Howell

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Phil Esposito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Phil Esposito

    Centerman

    BirthplaceSault Ste. Marie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Ron Greschner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Ron Greschner

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceGoodsoil, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    John Vanbiesbrouck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

    Right wing

  • 20
    Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Wayne Gretzky

    Centerman

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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    Mats Zuccarello is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Mats Zuccarello

    Left Wing, Forward

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

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    Mike Gartner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Mike Gartner

    Right wing

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Daniel Girardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Daniel Girardi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceWelland, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Marc Staal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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    Marc Staal

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceThunder Bay, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Sergei Zubov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

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