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The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

Updated September 21, 2020 25.3k votes 2.7k voters 30.4k 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
    734
    267

    Brian Leetch

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 2
    Andy Bathgate
    1,020
    393

    Andy Bathgate

    Centerman

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #77 of 144 The Best NHL Players To Have Their Numbers Retired#26 of 33 The Best Athletes Who Wore #21

  • 3
    Henrik Lundqvist
    818
    345

    BirthplaceÅre, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    #53 of 80 Twins in Sports#2 of 50 The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

  • 4
    Mike Richter
    531
    204

    Mike Richter

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceAbington Township, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #16 of 99 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time#8 of 64 The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

  • 5
    Mark Messier
    900
    395

    Mark Messier

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #1659 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#38 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • 6
    Rod Gilbert
    431
    175

    Rod Gilbert

    Right wing

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 7
    Jean Ratelle
    355
    160

    Jean Ratelle

    Centerman

    BirthplaceLake Saint-Jean, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 8
    Eddie Giacomin
    322
    153

    Eddie Giacomin

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceGreater Sudbury, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 9
    Brad Park
    320
    159

    Brad Park

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 10
    Adam Graves
    368
    220

    Adam Graves

    Right wing

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 11
    Jaromír Jágr
    433
    224

    Jaromír Jágr

    Right wing

    BirthplaceKladno, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

  • 12
    Vic Hadfield
    222
    130

    Vic Hadfield

    Left Wing

    BirthplaceOakville, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 13
    Ron Greschner
    185
    120

    Ron Greschner

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceGoodsoil, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 14
    Ryan McDonagh
    247
    148

    Ryan McDonagh

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #102 of 191 The Best Current NHL Players#9 of 51 The Best Tampa Bay Lightning Players of All Time

  • 15
    Walt Tkaczuk
    183
    117

    Walt Tkaczuk

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEmsdetten, Germany

    NationalityCanada, Germany

  • 16
    John Vanbiesbrouck
    207
    140

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 17
    Phil Esposito
    284
    182

    Phil Esposito

    Centerman

    BirthplaceSault Ste. Marie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 18
    Harry Howell
    181
    121

    Harry Howell

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 19
    Alexei Kovalev

    Right wing

  • 20
    Wayne Gretzky
    537
    324

    Wayne Gretzky

    Centerman

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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    #277 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person#13 of 82 Celebrities You Think Are The Most Humble

  • 21
    Mike Gartner
    239
    125

    Mike Gartner

    Right wing

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #83 of 502 The Best NHL Players of All Time#4 of 83 The Best Washington Capitals of All Time

  • 22
    Mats Zuccarello
    339
    192

    Mats Zuccarello

    Left Wing, Forward

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

  • 23
    Daniel Girardi
    173
    129

    Daniel Girardi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceWelland, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 24
    Marc Staal
    176
    129

    Marc Staal

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceThunder Bay, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 25
    Sergei Zubov