The New York Rangers are one of the oldest and longest-lasting professional teams in the history of North American sports. As the team approaches 100 years of existence, it is time to test how well the fans know their Blueshirts. Get ready, because all the MSG Cadillac Trivia questions in the world couldn’t have prepared you for this. Here is some New York Rangers trivia for you and your friends to take part in.
New York Rangers Trivia
1.) The first 29 players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy were all Canadians. But a legendary Ranger put that streak to an end. Which Rangers player was the first non-Canadian ever to win the Conn Smythe?
2.) The Rangers have now had 28 captains in their history. All of which had the goal of winning a Stanley Cup. Which Ranger Captain was the first and only player in NHL history to captain two different teams to Stanley Cup victories?
3.) In 2014, one of the biggest blockbuster trades occurred at the deadline which helped the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals later in the year. It was the first and only captain for captain trade in the history of the NHL. Name both of the players involved in this historic trade:
4.) Forbes magazine has the list of the most valuable NHL teams in the league. Where do the Rangers rank on this list?
5.) There are two number 9 banners hanging in the rafters at Madison Square Garden as the number has been retired by two different Rangers. Adam Graves had his number 9 retired in February of 2009, but in the same month, Andy Bathgate had his number 9 retired as well. Unbelievably, neither of them is the last Ranger player to wear that number. Who is the final Ranger to wear the twice-retired number 9?
6.) The Rangers have had four players that have scored 50+ goals in a single season. The first three are Vic Hadfield, Adam Graves, and Jaromir Jagr. Who is the most recent Ranger to accomplish this feat?
7.) Until 1994, there had never been a Russian player to have their name engraved into the Stanley Cup. When the Rangers won it that year, four Russian players etched their names into history. Name the four Russian players that the Rangers had on their Cup team in ’94:
8.) Mike Keenan was the coach of the Rangers for just one year. That year was of course the 1993-94 season when the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in over 50 years (and the only one in the last 80+ years). Which team did he come from, and which team did he leave for shortly after winning the championship?
9.) The Art Ross Trophy has been handed out to the NHL’s highest scorer (goals and assists) since 1948. In all of that time, no Ranger has ever won the award. However, one Ranger was tied for the win in 1962 but the trophy was given to Bobby Hull in a tiebreaker because he had more goals. Who was this Rangers player that almost won the Art Ross Trophy?
Answer 1: Brian Leetch
Answer 2: Mark Messier
Now it starts to get harder…
Fun Fact: The last Ranger captain to be moved before this was Mark Messier in 2003. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick. That fourth-round selection ended up being Ryan Callahan.
Answer 4: The Rangers are the #1 highest-valued NHL team worth $2 Billion.
Answer 5: Pavel Bure
Fun Fact: After being traded to the Rangers, Pavel Bure called Adam Graves and asked if he could wear the number 9. Graves gave his permission and Bure is now part of a crazy Rangers trivia question.
Answer 6: Chris Kreider
How is it going so far?
Answer 8: Came from the Chicago Blackhawks after losing in the ’93 Stanley Cup Finals, left to the St. Louis Blues.
Answer 9: Andy Bathgate
Fun Fact: During the final month of the season, Bathgate was awarded an assist during a game against the Boston Bruins but he knew that he didn’t touch the puck. A couple of weeks later, he went to the league and made sure that the assist was taken off of his tally. In the end, that assist was removed and that is why he ended up in a tie with Hull and ended up losing the trophy.