1993–94 New York Rangers season
|1993–94 New York Rangers|
Stanley Cup champions
Presidents' Trophy winners
Eastern Conference champions
Atlantic Division champions
|General Manager||Neil Smith|
|Alternate captains||Adam Graves
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Average attendance||18,001 (98.9%)|
|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.
- 1 Off season
- 2 Pre-season
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Schedule and results
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Media
- 8 Transactions
- 9 Roster
- 10 New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup champions
- 11 Awards and records
- 12 45th NHL All-Star Game
- 13 Draft picks
- 14 References
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.
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. 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.
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. It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 1993–94 NHL regular season.
|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|
|4||8||New York Islanders||84||36||36||12||282||264||84|
|7||12||Tampa Bay Lightning||84||30||43||11||224||251||71|
 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.
bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division); * – Division leader
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
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
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
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. 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.
Stanley Cup Finals
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. CBC commentator Bob Cole said that Game 7 was one of his most memorable TV games.
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. 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.
Schedule and results
|1993 pre-season game log: 7–2–0, 14 Points (Home: 4–0–0; Road: 3–2–0)|
|1||September 11, 1993||10:05 AM EDT||Toronto||5–3||1–0–0||2||Wembley Arena|
|2||September 12, 1993||10:05 AM EDT||@ Toronto||3–1||2–0–0||4||Wembley Arena|
|3||September 22, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||@ Pittsburgh||4–6||2–1–0||4||Civic Arena|
|4||September 23, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||@ N.Y. Islanders||2–4||2–2–0||4||Nassau Coliseum|
|5||September 25, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||@ Hartford||5–3||3–2–0||6||Hartford Civic Center|
|6||September 27, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||N.Y. Islanders||6–3||4–2–0||8||Madison Square Garden|
|7||September 29, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||Pittsburgh||5–4||5–2–0||10||Madison Square Garden|
|8||September 30, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||@ New Jersey||3–2||6–2–0||12||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|9||October 1, 1993||7:35 PM EDT||New Jersey||4–1||7–2–0||14||Madison Square Garden|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|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
|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.
- June 25, 1993: Doug Lidster was traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Rangers in exchange for John Vanbiesbrouck.
- November 2, 1993: Nick Kypreos traded from Hartford Whalers with Barry Richter, Steve Larmer and round 6 pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (Yuri Litvinov) to New York Rangers for Darren Turcotte and James Patrick.
- March 21, 1994:
- Phil Bourque traded from NY Rangers to Ottawa for future considerations.
- Tony Amonte and the rights to Matt Oates traded from NY Rangers to Chicago for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.
- Peter Andersson traded from NY Rangers to Florida for future considerations.
- Mike Gartner traded from NY Rangers to Toronto for Glenn Anderson, the rights to Scott Malone and Toronto's 4th round pick in 1994 Entry Draft.
- Craig MacTavish traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers for Todd Marchant.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 1994 Stanley Cup champions
- 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. 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
- Brian Leetch, Conn Smythe Trophy
- Most wins by goaltender, season – Mike Richter (1993–94) – 42
- Mike Richter, MVP of 45th NHL All-Star Game
45th NHL All-Star Game
|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|
|35||Mike Richter||G||(Eastern Conference All-Stars)
MVP of 45th NHL All-Star Game
|Joe Murphy||Trainer||(Eastern Conference All-Stars)|
|Dave Smith||Trainer||(Eastern Conference All-Stars)|
|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)|
|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|
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)|
- Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
- Greatest NHL Playoff Moments: Messier Guarantees Win
- "Howie Rose". MSG.com. Madison Square Garden, LP. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
- Ohler, Shawn (February 26, 2002). "Lucky Loonie Stunt Pays Off". The Calgary Herald. p. A1.
A record-busting average of 8.7 million Canadians watched on television as the men's hockey team snatched gold from the United States in Salt Lake City...The audience actually peaked at 10.6 million, the CBC said Monday...CBC says that prior to Sunday, its highest-rated sports show was Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks, which attracted an average of 4.97 million viewers.
- Houston, William (November 6, 1997). "Cole's Close Call". The Globe and Mail. p. S4.
Cole's three most memorable TV games: 1. Game 7 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals (Edmonton 3, Philadelphia 1). The Oilers at their peak. 2. Game 3 of 1996 World Cup of Hockey Final (United States 5, Canada 2). 'I was devastated.' 3. Game 7, 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (New York Rangers 3, Vancouver 2). 'A great series.'
- Kalinsky, George (2004). Garden of Dreams. New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. p. 171. ISBN 1-58479-343-0.
- "1993-94 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
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