1993–94 New York Rangers season

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1993–94 New York Rangers
Stanley Cup champions
Eastern Conference champions
Atlantic Division champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
1993–94 record 52–24–8
Home record 28–8–6
Road record 24–16–2
Goals for 299
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Adam Graves
Kevin Lowe
Brian Leetch
Steve Larmer
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,001 (98.9%)
Team leaders
Goals Adam Graves (52)
Assists Sergei Zubov (77)
Points Sergei Zubov (89)
Penalties in minutes Jeff Beukeboom (170)
Wins Mike Richter (42)
Goals against average Mike Richter (2.57)

The 1993–94 New York Rangers season was the 68th season for the franchise. The highlight of the season was winning the Stanley Cup and hosting the NHL All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers clinched the Presidents' Trophy by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52–24–8, setting a then-franchise record with 112 points.

This marked the last season in which the Rangers were under the control of Paramount Communications. Toward the end of the season, Paramount was taken over by Viacom. Shortly thereafter, Viacom divested itself of all of Paramount's interests in Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, and sold them to ITT Corporation and Cablevision. A couple of years later, ITT would sell their share to Cablevision, who owned the Rangers until 2010, when the MSG properties became their own company.

Off season[edit]

On April 17, 1993, the New York Rangers named Mike Keenan as their head coach. Keenan was hired to replace Ron Smith, who the team decided not to retain after he coached the second half of the season in place of the fired Roger Neilson. Keenan had taken the 1992-93 season off after spending four years as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, where he led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in his last year.


The 1993 Pre-season, the New York Rangers had a record of 7-2-0.

Regular season[edit]

The 1993–94 season was a magical one for Rangers fans, as Coach Mike Keenan led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years. Two years prior, they picked up center Mark Messier, who was an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers' Cup-winning teams. Adam Graves, who also defected from the Oilers, joined the Rangers as well. Other ex-Oilers on the Blueshirts included trade deadline acquisitions Craig MacTavish and Glenn Anderson. Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov were a solid 1–2 punch on defence. In fact, Zubov led the team in scoring that season with 89 points, and continued to be an all-star defenceman throughout his career. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by Vic Hadfield. This record would later be broken by Jaromir Jagr on April 8, 2006, against the Boston Bruins. New York was not shut out in any of their 84 regular-season games.[1] The Rangers led the league in wins (52), points (112) and power-play goals (96, tied with the Buffalo Sabres) and power play percentage (23.02%). They also allowed the fewest shorthanded goals (5) of all 26 teams.[2]

On February 21, 1994, Tony Amonte scored just 8 seconds into the overtime period to win the game to give the Rangers a 4–3 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3] It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 1993–94 NHL regular season.[4]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
1 1 z-New York Rangers 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
2 3 New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
3 7 Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
4 8 New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
5 9 Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
6 10 Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
7 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71

[5] Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Eastern Conference
1 p-New York Rangers * 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
2 x-Pittsburgh Penguins * 84 44 27 13 299 285 101
3 New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
4 Boston Bruins 84 42 29 13 289 252 97
5 Montreal Canadiens 84 41 29 14 283 248 96
6 Buffalo Sabres 84 43 32 9 282 218 95
7 Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
8 New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
9 Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
10 Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
11 Quebec Nordiques 84 34 42 8 277 292 76
12 Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71
13 Hartford Whalers 84 27 48 9 227 288 63
14 Ottawa Senators 84 14 61 9 201 397 37
Final standings

bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division); * – Division leader


Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

In the opening round, the Rangers faced their crosstown rivals the New York Islanders, this series would turn out to be an extremely one sided affair as the Rangers outscored their rivals 22 to 3 in a four-game sweep.

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

Next, the Rangers faced the Washington Capitals who were coming off a shocking six game win over the second seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, the Rangers appeared to have the series in hand after they won the first three games, although the Capitals avoided the sweep with a game 4 win, the Rangers got back in control and won the series in five.

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

After going down in the Eastern Conference Finals 3–2 to the New Jersey Devils, Rangers' captain Mark Messier made one of the most famous guarantees in sports history, stating that the Rangers would win Game 6 in New Jersey to tie the series 3–3. Not only did the Rangers back up Messier's guarantee, but Messier scored a hat trick in the Rangers 4–2 win, sending the game back to New York for game 7.[6] In Game 7, the Rangers held a 1–0 lead after a 2nd period goal by Brian Leetch. The lead would hold up until 7.7 seconds remaining, when Valeri Zelepukin was able to beat Mike Richter to send the game to overtime. In double overtime, Stephane Matteau scored his second second-overtime goal of the series to send the Rangers to the Finals. The series-winning goal prompted the famous call of "Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!" by Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose.[7]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, dating back to 1940, beating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.

The Rangers winning this Stanley Cup drew 4.957 million viewers to the CBC, making it the highest-rated single CBC Sports program in history until the 10.6 million viewers for the men's ice hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics, when Canada won its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal since the 1952 Winter Olympics.[8] CBC commentator Bob Cole said that Game 7 was one of his most memorable TV games.[9]

MSG Network broadcaster Al Trautwig said that this Stanley Cup win by the Rangers was seen as the coming of age of the NHL's influence in Europe.[10] It marked the first time that the Russians got their names on the Stanley Cup and there were four who got that honor – Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Zubov—giving a huge European television audience, including those watching on the brand-new television screens across the former Soviet Union, a Stanley Cup story to remember.[10]

Schedule and results[edit]


Regular season[edit]

1993–94 Game Log: 52–24–8, 112 Points (Home: 28–8–6; Road: 24–16–2)

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Tie (1 point)

Detailed records


1994 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

All times are EASTERN time

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Richter, MikeMike Richter 68 3710 42 12 6 159 2.57 1758 .910 5
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 29 1368 10 12 2 69 3.03 567 .878 2
Richter, MikeMike Richter 23 1417 16 7 49 2.07 623 .921 4
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 2 68 0 0 1 0.89 17 .941 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;


Ranger games were carried on the MSG Network, with some games broadcast on MSG II due to conflicts with New York Knicks National Basketball Association and New York Yankees Major League Baseball games. The broadcast crew included Sam Rosen, Bruce Beck, John Davidson, and Al Trautwig.

The games were also broadcast on radio station WFAN-AM; the broadcast team included Marv Albert, Howie Rose, Sal Messina, and Steve Somers. Some games were broadcast on WEVD-AM due to conflicts with New York Knicks National Basketball Association games and New York Jets National Football League games.



# Nationality Player Position S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33  United States Tony Amonte Right Wing Left 23 1988 Hingham, Massachusetts, United States
36  Canada Glenn Anderson Right Wing Left 33 1994 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
5  Sweden Peter Andersson Defence Left 28 1983 Örebro, Sweden
23  Canada Jeff Beukeboom Defence Right 28 1992 Ajax, Ontario, Canada
29  United States Phil Bourque Left Wing Left 31 1993 Chelmsfort, Massachusetts, USA
22  Canada Mike Gartner Right Wing Right 34 1990 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17  Canada Greg Gilbert Left Wing Left 32 1994 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
9  Canada Adam Graves
Left Wing Left 25 1992 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
18  United States Mike Hartman Left Wing Left 26 1993 Detroit, Michigan, USA
30  Canada Glenn Healy Goaltender Left 31 1994 Pickering, Ontario, Canada
16  Canada Jim Hiller Right Wing Right 24 1994 Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
15  Canada Mike Hudson Centre Left 26 1994 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
25  Russia Alexander Karpovtsev Defence Right 23 1994 Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union USSR
26  Canada Joey Kocur Right Wing Right 29 1991 Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada
27  Russia Alexei Kovalev Right Wing Left 21 1991 Togliatti, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union USSR
19  Canada Nick Kypreos Left Wing Left 27 1994 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
32  Canada Daniel Lacroix Left Wing Left 24 1987 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28  Canada Steve Larmer
Right Wing Left 32 1994 Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
2  United States Brian Leetch
Defence Left 25 1986 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
6  Canada Doug Lidster Defence Right 33 1994 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
4  Canada Kevin Lowe
Defence Left 34 1993 Lachute, Quebec, Canada
14  Canada Craig MacTavish Centre Left 35 1994 London, Ontario, Canada
39  United States Todd Marchant Centre Left 20 1993 Buffalo, New York, USA
32  Canada Stephane Matteau Left Wing Left 24 1994 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada
8  Canada Joby Messier Defence Right 23 1989 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
11  Canada Mark Messier
Centre Left 33 1992 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
13  Russia Sergei Nemchinov Centre Left 30 1990 Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union USSR
16  United States Brian Noonan Right Wing Right 28 1994 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
5  Sweden Mattias Norstrom Defence Left 22 1992 Stockholm, SWE
12  United States Ed Olczyk Centre Left 27 1993 Chicago, Illinois, United States
3  Canada James Patrick Defence Right 30 1981 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
35  United States Mike Richter Goaltender Left 27 1985 Abington, Pennsylvania, United States
10  Finland Esa Tikkanen Left Wing Left 29 1993 Helsinki, Finland
8  United States Darren Turcotte Centre Left 25 1986 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
24  Canada Jay Wells Defence Left 34 1992 Paris, Ontario, Canada
21  Russia Sergei Zubov Defence Right 23 1990 Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union USSR


New York Rangers staff
Executive Operations
  • Neil Smith (president/general manager/governor)
  • Robert Gutkowski, Stanley Jaffe, Kenneth Munoz (alternate governors)

Hockey Operations

  • Larry Pleau (ass’t general manager)
  • Mike Keenan (head coach)
  • Colin Campbell (associate coach)
  • Dick Todd (ass’t coach)
  • Matthew Louhgren (manager-team operations)
  • Barry Watkins (director of communications)
  • Dave Smith (medical trainer)
  • Joe Murphy (equipment trainer)
  • Mike Folga (equipment manager)
  • Bruce Lifrieri (massage therapist)

Scouting Staff

  • Christer Rockstrom, Tony Feltrin, Martin Madden, Herb Hammond, Darwin Bennett (scouts)

New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup champions[edit]


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Neil Smith (president/general manager/governor)
  • Robert Gutkowski, Stanley Jaffe, Kenneth Munoz (alternate governors)
  • Larry Pleau (ass’t general manager)
  • Mike Keenan (head coach)
  • Colin Campbell (associate coach)
  • Dick Todd (ass’t coach)
  • Matthew Louhgren (manager-team operations)
  • Barry Watkins (director of communications)
  • Christer Rockstrom, Tony Feltrin, Martin Madden, Herb Hammond, Darwin Bennett (scouts)
  • Dave Smith (medical trainer)
  • Joe Murphy (equipment trainer)
  • Mike Folga (equipment manager)
  • Bruce Lifrieri (massage therapist)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • 1991, 1992 Pittsburgh, and 1993 Montreal included at least one player on the Stanley Cup who did not officially qualify. When the New York Rangers submitted their list of names for engraving, Ed Olczyk and Mike Hartman were included. Ed Olczyk played 37 regular-season games, and played 1 game in the conference finals. Mike Hartman played 35 regular-season games, but did not play in the playoffs. Both players spent the entire season with New York Rangers, and missed over 10 games due to injuries. When the Stanley Cup was engraved, Olczyk and Hartman's names were not included. The Rangers protested so the NHL added Olczyk and Hartman to the bottom of the cup. The NHL does not add missing names after the cup has been engraved, but made an exception in this case.
  • NHL now agrees to allow players who do not officially qualify on the Stanley Cup (40 regular season games, or played in the finals) on the Cup. However, some players who played in playoffs are still left off the Cup, while other players who played less than 10 regular season games and are not dressed in playoff are included.
  • Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Zubov became the first four Russian-trained players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.[10] Sergei Priakin played in the playoffs for the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Flames. Anatoli Semenov played in the playoffs for 1990 Stanley Cup champion Oilers. Oleg Petrov played in the playoffs for the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens. Neither of these 3 Russian-trained player played enough games to qualify for engraved on the Stanley Cup, but were given Stanley Cup Rings.

Awards and records[edit]

45th NHL All-Star Game[edit]

New York Rangers NHL All-Star representatives at the 45th NHL All-Star Game in New York City, New York at Madison Square Garden.


# Player Position Conference Goals Assists Points
9 Adam Graves LW (Eastern Conference All-Stars) 2 2
2 Brian Leetch D, Starter (Eastern Conference All-Stars)
11 Mark Messier C, Starter (Eastern Conference All-Stars) Captain 1 2 3


# Player Position Conference Saves Shots against
35 Mike Richter G (Eastern Conference All-Stars)
MVP of 45th NHL All-Star Game
18 16


Name Position Conference
Joe Murphy Trainer (Eastern Conference All-Stars)
Dave Smith Trainer (Eastern Conference All-Stars)

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, at the Colisée de Québec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 8 Niklas Sundstrom LW  Sweden MODO (SEL)
2 34 Lee Sorochan D  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
3 61 Maxim Galanov D  Russia HC Lada Togliatti (Russia)
4 86 Sergei Olympijev LW  Belarus HC Dinamo Minsk (Russia)
5 112 Gary Roach D  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
6 138 Dave Trofimenkoff G  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
7 162 Sergei Kondrashkin LW  Russia Cherepovets Metallurg (Russia)
7 164 Todd Marchant LW  United States Clarkson University (NCAA)
8 190 Ed Campbell D  United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
9 216 Ken Shepard G  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
10 242 Andrei Kudinov C  Russia Chelyabinsk Traktor (Russia)
11 261 Pavel Komarov D  Russia Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo (Russia)
11 268 Maxim Smelnitsky LW  Russia Chelyabinsk Traktor (Russia)

Expansion Draft[edit]

New York's losses at the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft in Quebec City, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality Drafted by Drafted from
1 12 Joe Cirella  Canada Florida Panthers New York Rangers
1 23 Steven King  United States Mighty Ducks of Anaheim New York Rangers

Supplemental Draft[edit]

New York's picks at the 1993 NHL Supplemental Draft.

Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
Wayne Strachan RW  Canada Lake Superior State University (CCHA)


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