1926–27 New York Rangers season

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1926–27 New York Rangers
American Division champions
Division 1st American
1926–27 record 25–13–6
Goals for 95
Goals against 72
Team information
General Manager Lester Patrick
Coach Lester Patrick
Captain Bill Cook
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Bill Cook (33)
Assists Frank Boucher (15)
Points Bill Cook (37)
Penalties in minutes Taffy Abel (78)
Wins Lorne Chabot (22)
Goals against average Lorne Chabot (1.56)

The 1926–27 New York Rangers season was the hockey team's first. The team placed first in the new American Division and qualified for the playoffs, losing to the Boston Bruins

Off-season[edit]

The Rangers team was organized by Conn Smythe who used his extensive knowledge of available amateur players along with sound selection of players available from the dispersal of the Western Hockey League (WHL):

several men in hockey uniforms in two rows left to right on ice in
First picture of team at training camp in Toronto in 1926.

Smythe signed several players from the amateur Minneapolis Millers, including Taffy Abel, Billy Boyd and Ching Johnson. The 1925–26 Millers also provided other players to the NHL in the future, including Cooney Weiland and Tiny Thompson, Paul Thompson's brother.

Training camp was held in Toronto at the Ravina Gardens arena near Smythe's home. However, before the season started, Smythe was fired by the club and Lester Patrick took over from Smythe. Patrick received the job as part of the dispersal agreement of the WHL. His brother Frank received a job at the Boston Bruins. Smythe would eventually receive a $10,000 severance, a large amount in those days.

Regular season[edit]

Unlike the arenas where the players played before, the Madison Square Garden was kept heated. The temperature was warm due to the insistence of Tex Rickard, who insisted that "the public was everything and the performers nothing". The players complained about the conditions publicly and to Lester Patrick.[1]

On opening night November 16, 1926 at Madison Square Garden, the ceremonial face-off between Frank Boucher of the Rangers and Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons was done by Lois Moran, the silent-film movie star.[2] The opening night referee was Lou Marsh.[3] The starting lineup was Boucher, Bill Cook, Bun Cook, Ching Johnson, Taffy Abel and Hal Winkler.[4] The Rangers would win the game 1–0.

Final standings[edit]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 44 25 13 6 95 72 56
Boston Bruins 44 21 20 3 97 89 45
Chicago Black Hawks 44 19 22 3 115 116 41
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 15 26 3 79 108 33
Detroit Cougars 44 12 28 4 76 105 28

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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.


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1926-27 NHL Records
Team BOS CHI DET MON MTM NYA NYR OTT PIT TOR
Boston 3–2–1 5–1 1–2–1 2–2 2–2 2–3–1 1–3 4–2 1–3
Chicago 2–3–1 3–2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1–1 2–4 2–2 2–4 2–2
Detroit 1–5 2–3–1 0–4 1–3 3–1 1–3–2 1–3 2–4 1–2–1
M. Canadiens 2–1–1 2–2 4–0 5–1 5–1 1–3 1–5 3–0–1 5–1
M. Maroons 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–5 4–2 1–2–1 1–3–2 1–2–1 5–1
N.Y. Americans 2–2 1–2–1 1–3 1–5 2–4 1–3 3–3 4–0 2–3–1
N.Y. Rangers 3–2–1 4–2 3–1 5–1 3–1–2 3–3 0–3–1 5–1 2–1–1
Ottawa 3–1 2–2 3–1 5–1 3–1–2 3–3 3–0–1 3–1 5–0–1
Pittsburgh 2–4 4–2 4–2 0–3–1 2–1–1 0–4 1–5 1–3 1–2–1
Toronto 3–1 2–2 2–1–1 1–5 1–5 3–2–1 1–2–2 0–5–1 2–1–1

Schedule and results[edit]

1926–27 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Rangers earned a bye in the first round and met the Boston Bruins in the semi-final. The Rangers were limited to one goal in the two games, losing the series three goals to one.

Key:      Win      Loss

1927 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Chabot, LorneLorne Chabot 36 2307 22 9 5 56 1.46 10
Winkler, HalHal Winkler 8 514 3 4 1 16 1.87 2
Goaltenders
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Chabot, LorneLorne Chabot 2 120 0 1 1 3 1.50 1

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.

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Note:

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;

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Boucher, Frank; Frayne, Trent (1973). When The Rangers Were Young. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. ISBN 0-396-06852-9. 
Notes
  1. ^ Gibson, Dick (December 17, 1926). "Tips & Tales". Border Cities Star. p. 2. 
  2. ^ Boucher & Frayne 1973, pp. 2–3.
  3. ^ Boucher & Frayne 1973, p. 3.
  4. ^ Boucher & Frayne 1973, pp. 3–5.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "1926–27 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 

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