List of New York Rangers head coaches

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in Manhattan, New York. 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-five head coaches for the Rangers, the first one being Lester Patrick, and the current one being David Quinn.[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] Both Lester Patrick and Emile Francis have the most playoff games coached, 65, and most playoff wins, 32.

Key

# 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

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2018–19 season

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements Note
GC W L T OTL Win% GC W L T/OT
1Lester Patrick*†19261939604281216107.5546532267[4]
2Frank Boucher*†1939194848716724377.4222713140
Stanley Cup champions (1940)
[16]
3Lynn Patrick*19481950107405116.44912750[10]
4Neil Colville*†1950195193264126.419[17]
5Bill Cook*†19511953117345924.393[18]
Frank Boucher*†1953–19544014206.425[16]
6Muzz Patrick19541955100324622.430[6]
7Phil Watson1955195929511912452.492164120[23]
Muzz Patrick†19592011.250[6]
8Alfred Pike19591961123366621.378[7]
9Doug Harvey*†1961–196270263212.4576240[20]
Muzz Patrick†19623411194.382[6]
10Red Sullivan196219651965810335.385[24]
11Emile Francis*19651968194828230.50010280[11]
12Bernie Geoffrion1968–19694322183.547[25]
Emile Francis*196919733432018854.6654924250[11]
13Larry Popein1973–19744118149.549[26]
Emile Francis*19741975117593919.58516880[11]
14Ron Stewart1975–19763915204.436[27]
15John Ferguson, Sr.19761977121435919.434[28]
16Jean-Guy Talbot1977–197880303713.4563120[29]
17Fred Shero19781980180827424.5222715120[30]
18Craig Patrick*1980–198160262311.52514770[12]
19Herb Brooks*1981198528513111341.5322412120[13]
Craig Patrick*19853511222.3433030[12]
20Ted Sator1985198699414810.46516880[31]
21Tom Webster1986–198718594.389[32]
22Phil Esposito*†19874324190.5586240[19]
23Michel Bergeron19871989158736718.519[33]
Phil Esposito*†19892020.0004040[19]
24Roger Neilson*1989199328014110435.5662913160[14]
25Ron Smith19934415227.420[8]
26Mike Keenan1993–19948452248.667231670
Presidents' Trophy (1994)
Stanley Cup champions (1994)
[22]
27Colin Campbell1994199826911810843.5193618180[9]
28John Muckler199820001857088243.451[34]
29John Tortorella20004031.125[5]
30Ron Low20002002164698195.463[35]
31Bryan Trottier*†2002–200354212661.454[21]
32Glen Sather*20032004903339117.572[15]
33Tom Renney2004200932716411746.5722411130[36]
John Tortorella2009201331517111529.5894419250[5]
34Alain Vigneault2013201841022614737.6056131300
Presidents' Trophy (2015)
[37]
35David Quinn2018–*82323614.526[38]

See also

Notes

  • 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

  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.
  3. Stein, Michael. "New York Rangers: The Baby Broadway Blueshirts". /bleacherreport.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  4. "Lester Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  5. "John Tortorella". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  6. "Muzz Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  7. "Alf Pike". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  8. "Ron Smith". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  9. "Colin Campbell". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  10. "Lynn Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  11. "Emile Francis". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  12. "Craig Patrick". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  13. "Herb Brooks". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  14. "Roger Neilson". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  15. "Glen Sather". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  16. "Frank Boucher". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  17. "Neil Colville". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  18. "Bill Cook". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  19. "Phil Esposito". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  20. "Doug Harvey". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  21. "Bryan Trottier". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  22. "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.
  38. "David Quinn Named Rangers Head Coach". NHL.com. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-05-23.

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