1927–28 New York Rangers season

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1927–28 New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd American
1927–28 record 19–16–9
Goals for 94
Goals against 79
Team information
General Manager Lester Patrick
Coach Lester Patrick
Captain Bill Cook
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Frank Boucher (23)
Assists Bun Cook (14)
Points Frank Boucher (35)
Penalties in minutes Ching Johnson (146)
Wins Lorne Chabot (19)
Goals against average Lorne Chabot (1.74)
<1926–27 1928–29>

The 1927–28 New York Rangers season was the second season for the team in the National Hockey League. In the regular season, the Rangers finished in second place in the American Division with a 19–16–9 record and qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a pair of two-game total goals series, New York defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Bruins to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they faced the Montreal Maroons.[1] The Rangers defeated the Maroons 3–2 to win their first Stanley Cup.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

American Division
Boston Bruins 44 20 13 11 77 70 558 51
New York Rangers 44 19 16 9 94 79 462 47
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 19 17 8 67 76 395 46
Detroit Cougars 44 19 19 6 88 79 395 44
Chicago Black Hawks 44 7 34 3 68 134 375 17


Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1927–28 Game Log


The circus knocked the Rangers out of Madison Square Garden, and all games for the Stanley Cup Finals were played in the Montreal Forum.[3] The Maroons won game one 2–0, as Red Dutton and Bill "Bat" Phillips scored goals, and goaltender Clint Benedict made 19 saves.[4]

A well-known incident occurred in game two when Nels Stewart fired a hard shot that struck New York goaltender Lorne Chabot in the eye. He could not continue, and the Rangers needed a goaltender.[5] However, when the Maroons refused to let the Rangers use Alex Connell or minor league goaltender Hugh McCormick, Rangers coach Lester Patrick decided to don the pads himself.[5][6] The Rangers then increased their defensive pressure when any Maroon attempted a shot on Patrick.[7] Bill Cook scored, putting the Rangers ahead 1–0, but Nels Stewart was not to be denied and scored, tying the game. In overtime, Frank Boucher got the winner for the Rangers 7:05 into overtime.[5] The 44-year-old Patrick made 17 saves in his goaltending stint.[6]

Joe "Red Light" Miller, New York Americans goalie, was allowed to take Chabot's place in goal,[8] and he played well in a 2–0 loss in game three.[9] However, Frank Boucher starred as the Rangers took the next two games, and the Stanley Cup; he scored twice in the Rangers' 2–1 game five victory.[10] The Rangers almost lost another goalie to injury in the final game when Miller was badly cut while Murray Murdoch attempted to clear a loose puck away from goal, but he was able to continue. The crowd became unruly in the third period, throwing objects onto the ice after referee Mike Rodden disallowed an apparent game-tying goal by the Maroons.[11] Even NHL president Frank Calder was a target of some fans immediately following the game.[12] The Rangers became the second Stanley Cup champion from the United States, and the NHL's first American Cup-winning team.[5][13]

Key:      Win      Loss

1928 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular Season
Chabot, LorneLorne Chabot 44 2730 19 16 9 79 1.74 11
Chabot, LorneLorne Chabot 6 321 2 2 1 8 1.50 1
Miller, JoeJoe Miller 3 180 2 1 0 3 1.00 1
Patrick, LesterLester Patrick 1 46 1 0 0 1 1.30 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.



Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

New York Rangers 1928 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

New York Rangers 1928 Stanley Cup champions



  Coaching and administrative staff
  • John Hommond (President/Owner)
  • Harry Westerby (Trainer)
  • William Carey, Richard Hojt, George Rickard (Directors)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • † Laurie Scott played 23 of 44 regular season games. He was sent to the minors before the playoffs, so his name was left off the Stanley Cup. Scott was included on the mid-season team picture, but not on the Stanley Cup winning picture.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1927–28 New York Rangers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. ^ "Rangers Knock Bruins Out, 4–1". The Lewiston Daily Sun. April 4, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Maroons Winners Over Rangers, 2–0, In Series Opener". Montreal Gazette. April 6, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "1927–28 New York Rangers". New York Rangers. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b The Hockey News Century of Hockey. The Hockey News. 1999. p. 29. 
  7. ^ "Patrick Added New Role To Long List Of Hockey Feats". The Montreal Gazette. April 9, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "NHL Player Search: Joe Anthony Miller". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Maroons Regain Lead On Series; Win 2–0". Ottawa Citizen. April 11, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Legends: Frank Boucher Biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "N.Y. Rangers Took Stanley Cup And Hockey Laurels". The Montreal Gazette. April 16, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ "President Calder Target Of Abuse By Hockey Fans". The Montreal Gazette. April 16, 1928. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Stanley Cup Winner: New York Rangers 1927–28". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "1927–28 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24.