With the NHL in full Stanley Cup Playoffs mode while the New York Rangers hit the links, we construct an all-time 20 man hockey club.
For 54 long years, fans of the New York Rangers heard one year obnoxiously bellowed from the crowd time and again.
All it took was acquiring one of the greatest leaders in sports history, a young defenseman continuing his journey as one of the greatest American born players of all-time, and a goaltender to simply stand on his head all spring, for those chants to finally be belted loudly one last time.
1994 was certainly a landmark season for the Blueshirts. One season that will “last a lifetime.”
From it came legends who’ll forever be remembered in Rangers history, for a Stanley Cup had finally been captured. Previously, only the seasons of 1928, 1933 and, of course, 1940, saw the Rangers etch their names on the Cup.
Considering the Rangers have seen a rebirth in success since the lockout, this organization has experienced an extraordinary strength at the bookends of its history. Players from those eras reign supreme.
Still, there were 54 years of Rangers hockey in between and players from the middle era staked their own unique claim to New York hockey greatness.
However, if you think this is a Top 10 or a greatest Rangers of all-time list, you’ll have been extremely mistaken. Instead, we feel the Rangers fan deserves more. We feel putting together a real 20-man roster consisting of the greatest talents to have ever walked through the doors of Madison Square Garden and onto the ice needs to be displayed.
This is not simply listing the greatest of all-time. This is constructing the best possible lineup consisting of the greatest of all-time.
Here’s the New York Rangers all-time ultimate 20-man roster: