List of New York Rangers head coaches

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Glen Sather, the previous coach of the Rangers, was replaced after his retirement.

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, United States. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, having joined in 1926 as an expansion franchise, and are part of the group of teams referred to as the Original Six. The Rangers were the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the Stanley Cup,[1] which they have done four times (most recently in 1994).[2] The team is commonly referred to by its famous nickname, "The Broadway Blueshirts", or more commonly in New York media, as simply the "Blueshirts".[3]

There have been thirty-four head coaches for the Rangers, the first one being Lester Patrick, and the current one being Alain Vigneault.[4][5] Muzz Patrick, Alfred Pike, Ron Smith, and Colin Campbell are the only coaches who spent their entire careers with the Rangers and were not elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[6][7][8][9] Lynn Patrick, Emile Francis, Craig Patrick, Herb Brooks, Roger Neilson, and Glen Sather have been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[10][11][12][13][14][15] Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher, Neil Colville, Bill Cook, Phil Esposito, Doug Harvey, and Bryan Trottier have all coached the Rangers for their entire coaching careers and have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[4][16][17][18][19][20][21] Phil Esposito, who coached two games of the 1988–89 season and didn't win a game, holds the worst winning record.[19] The Rangers, who made it to the playoffs that year, lost all four games in the first round.[19] Mike Keenan, the twenty-fifth coach of the Rangers, holds the best winning percentage of .667.[22] In the 1993–94 season, he led the Rangers to a Stanley Cup championship.[22]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[A]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties (applicable until the 2003–04 NHL season)
OTL Overtime/Shootout Losses (shootouts applicable since the 2005–06 NHL season)
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Spent entire professional head coaching career with the Rangers.
*† Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and spent entire professional head coaching career with the Rangers.


Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2013–14 season.

Lester Patrick, the first coach of the Rangers, coached the team his entire career and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements Note
GC W L T OTL Win% GC W L T/OT
1 Lester Patrick*† 19261939 604 281 206 107 .554 65 32 26 7 Stanley Cup Champions (1928, 1933) [4]
2 Frank Boucher*† 19391948 487 167 243 77 .422 27 13 14 0
Stanley Cup Champions (1940)
[16]
3 Lynn Patrick* 19481950 107 40 51 16 .449 12 7 5 0 [10]
4 Neil Colville*† 19501951 93 26 41 26 .419 [17]
5 Bill Cook*† 19511953 117 34 59 24 .393 [18]
Frank Boucher*† 1953–1954 40 14 20 6 .425 [16]
6 Muzz Patrick 19541955 100 32 46 22 .430 [6]
7 Phil Watson 19551959 295 119 124 52 .492 16 4 12 0 [23]
Muzz Patrick† 1959 2 0 1 1 .500 [6]
8 Alfred Pike 19591961 123 36 66 21 .378 [7]
9 Doug Harvey*† 1961–1962 70 26 32 12 .457 6 2 4 0 [20]
Muzz Patrick† 1962 34 11 19 4 .382 [6]
10 George Sullivan 19621965 196 58 103 35 .385 [24]
11 Emile Francis* 19651968 194 82 82 30 .500 10 2 8 0 [11]
12 Bernie Geoffrion 1968–1969 43 22 18 3 .547 [25]
Emile Francis* 19691973 353 201 188 54 .443 49 24 25 0 [11]
13 Larry Popein 1973–1974 41 18 14 9 .549 [26]
Emile Francis* 19741975 107 59 39 19 .661 16 8 8 0 [11]
14 Ron Stewart 1975–1976 39 15 20 4 .436 [27]
15 John Ferguson, Sr. 19761977 121 43 59 19 .434 [28]
16 Jean-Guy Talbot 1977–1978 80 30 37 13 .456 3 1 2 0 [29]
17 Fred Shero 19781980 180 82 74 24 .522 27 15 12 0 [30]
18 Craig Patrick* 1980–1981 60 26 23 11 .525 14 7 7 0 [12]
19 Herb Brooks* 19811985 285 131 113 41 .532 24 12 12 0 [13]
Craig Patrick* 1985 35 11 22 2 .343 3 0 3 0 [12]
20 Ted Sator 19851986 99 41 48 10 .465 16 8 8 0 [31]
21 Tom Webster 1986–1987 18 5 9 4 .389 [32]
22 Phil Esposito*† 1987 43 24 19 0 .558 6 2 4 0 [19]
23 Michel Bergeron 19871989 158 73 67 18 .519 [33]
Phil Esposito*† 1989 2 0 2 0 .000 4 0 4 0 [19]
24 Roger Neilson* 19891993 280 141 104 35 .566 29 13 16 0 [14]
25 Ron Smith 1993 44 15 22 7 .420 [8]
26 Mike Keenan 1993–1994 84 52 24 8 .667 23 16 7 0
Stanley Cup Champions (1994)
[22]
27 Colin Campbell 19941998 269 118 108 43 .519 36 18 18 0 [9]
28 John Muckler 19982000 185 70 91 24 3 .443 [34]
29 John Tortorella 2000 4 0 3 1 .125 [5]
30 Ron Low 20002002 164 69 86 9 5 .448 [35]
31 Bryan Trottier*† 2002–2003 54 21 27 6 1 .454 [21]
32 Glen Sather* 20032004 90 33 46 11 7 .428 [15]
33 Tom Renney 20042009 327 164 117 46 .572 24 11 13 0 [36]
John Tortorella 20092013 315 171 115 29 .589 40 18 22 0 [5]
34 Alain Vigneault 2013–Present 82 45 31 6 .585 25 13 12 0 [37]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A A running total of the number of coaches of the New York Rangers. Thus any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Dave. "At Boston Garden, There's Much More Gold Than Green", New York Times, 1995-05-14. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  2. ^ Vecsey, George. "Houston Finally Has An Edge", New York Times, 1994-06-24. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
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  5. ^ a b c "John Tortorella". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Muzz Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Alf Pike". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Ron Smith". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  9. ^ a b "Colin Campbell". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  10. ^ a b "Lynn Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Emile Francis". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  12. ^ a b c "Craig Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  13. ^ a b "Herb Brooks". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  14. ^ a b "Roger Neilson". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  15. ^ a b "Glen Sather". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  16. ^ a b c "Frank Boucher". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  17. ^ a b "Neil Colville". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  18. ^ a b "Bill Cook". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Phil Esposito". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  20. ^ a b "Doug Harvey". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  21. ^ a b "Bryan Trottier". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  22. ^ a b c "Mike Keenan". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  23. ^ "Phil Watson". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  24. ^ "George Sullivan". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  25. ^ "Bernie Geoffrion". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  26. ^ "Larry Popein". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  27. ^ "Ron Stewart". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  28. ^ "John Ferguson, Sr.". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  29. ^ "Jean-Guy Talbot". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  30. ^ "Fred Shero". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  31. ^ "Ted Sator". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  32. ^ "Tom Webster". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  33. ^ "Michel Bergeron". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  34. ^ "John Muckler". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  35. ^ "Ron Low". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  36. ^ "Tom Renney". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  37. ^ "Alain Vigneault". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2013-06-16.