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1927–28 New York Rangers · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd American
1927–28 record 19–16–9
Goals for 94
Goals against 79
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)
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1926–27 1928–29

The 1927–28 New York Rangers season was the 2nd season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers finished 2nd 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 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, where they faced the Montreal Maroons. The Rangers defeated the Maroons 3 games to 2 to win their first Stanley Cup.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 44 20 13 11 77 70 51
New York Rangers 44 19 16 9 94 79 47
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 19 17 8 67 76 46
Detroit Cougars 44 19 19 6 88 79 44
Chicago Black Hawks 44 7 34 3 68 134 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.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 15, 1927 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 1–0–0
2 W November 17, 1927 3–2 Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 2–0–0
3 W November 20, 1927 2–1 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 3–0–0
4 L November 22, 1927 3–4 Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 3–1–0
5 T November 27, 1927 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1927–28) 3–1–1
6 W November 29, 1927 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 4–1–1
7 T December 1, 1927 1–1 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 4–1–2
8 L December 3, 1927 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 4–2–2
9 W December 4, 1927 3–1 @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 5–2–2
10 T December 6, 1927 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 5–2–3
11 L December 11, 1927 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 5–3–3
12 W December 13, 1927 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1927–28) 6–3–3
13 L December 15, 1927 1–2 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 6–4–3
14 W December 20, 1927 2–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 7–4–3
15 W December 25, 1927 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 8–4–3
16 L December 27, 1927 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1927–28) 8–5–3
17 T December 29, 1927 3–3 OT New York Americans (1927–28) 8–5–4
18 L December 31, 1927 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 8–6–4
19 L January 3, 1928 2–4 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 8–7–4
20 W January 8, 1928 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 9–7–4
21 T January 12, 1928 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1927–28) 9–7–5
22 L January 14, 1928 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 9–8–5
23 W January 15, 1928 2–1 @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 10–8–5
24 L January 17, 1928 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 10–9–5
25 W January 22, 1928 4–1 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 11–9–5
26 W January 26, 1928 3–0 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 12–9–5
27 W January 29, 1928 7–0 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 13–9–5
28 W January 31, 1928 3–1 Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 14–9–5
29 L February 4, 1928 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 14–10–5
30 T February 7, 1928 0–0 OT Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 14–10–6
31 T February 9, 1928 0–0 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 14–10–7
32 L February 12, 1928 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 14–11–7
33 L February 19, 1928 0–2 Boston Bruins (1927–28) 14–12–7
34 W February 23, 1928 3–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 15–12–7
35 W February 25, 1928 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 16–12–7
36 T February 26, 1928 0–0 OT @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 16–12–8
37 W February 28, 1928 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 17–12–8
38 L March 6, 1928 1–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 17–13–8
39 L March 8, 1928 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 17–14–8
40 T March 10, 1928 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1927–28) 17–14–9
41 L March 13, 1928 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 17–15–9
42 W March 18, 1928 7–3 New York Americans (1927–28) 18–15–9
43 W March 21, 1928 6–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 19–15–9
44 L March 24, 1928 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 19–16–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 6 Goals, Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Goals[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 5 Goals, Boston Bruins 2 Goals[edit | edit source]

The Bruins gained a first-round bye by virtue of winning the division, and played the New York Rangers in the second round in a two-game, total goal series. Their scoring problems of the regular season continued, exacerbated by a flu bug going through the dressing room and various minor injuries. Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, Dutch Gainor and Harry Connor were particularly affected.[1]

Boston tied the first game 1-1 in New York, the Rangers' final home game of the playoffs - this was the first of perennial disruptions to the Rangers' playoff schedule due to Madison Square Garden hosting the circus in the spring. The Bruins lost the second match in Boston 4-1, on three Ranger third-period goals as the weakened Brown-and-Gold folded at last, to drop the total-goal series five goals to two. Harry Oliver, who scored a goal in each game, was the sole offensive threat.[2]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 31 Boston Bruins 1-1 New York Rangers 1-1
2 April 3 New York Rangers 4-1 Boston Bruins 5-2

New York Rangers 3, Montreal Maroons 2[edit | edit source]

The circus knocked the Rangers out of Madison Square Garden, and all games were played in the Montreal Forum, even though Boston offered to host the Rangers. The Maroons won Game 1 by 2–0, with Nels Stewart and goaltender Clint Benedict the stars.

Drama took over in Game 2 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. However, Maroons coach Eddie Gerard refused to let the Rangers use Alex Connell or minor league goaltender Hugh McCormick. Lester Patrick, the Rangers coach, in anger, decided to don the pads himself. The Rangers then checked any Maroon who got near Patrick. 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 and they carried Patrick, tears streaming down his eyes, off the ice. Patrick stopped 17 of 18 shots he faced.

Joe Miller, New York Americans goalie, was allowed to take Chabot's place in goal and he played well in a 2–0 loss in Game 3. However, Frank Boucher starred as the Rangers took the next two games and the Stanley Cup. Drama almost took place in the final game when Miller was badly cut on a shot, but he was able to continue. The crowd became unruly at times and referee Mike Rodden took abuse for disallowed goals by Maroon players.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 New York Rangers 0-2 Montreal Maroons 0-1
2 April 7 New York Rangers 2-1 (OT) Montreal Maroons 1-1
3 April 10 New York Rangers 0-2 Montreal Maroons 1-2
4 April 12 New York Rangers 1-0 Montreal Maroons 2-2
5 April 14 New York Rangers 2-1 Montreal Maroons 3-2

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
# Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
7 Frank Boucher 44 23 12 35 15 9 7 3 10 2
6 Bun Cook 44 14 14 28 45 9 2 1 3 10
5 Bill Cook 43 18 6 24 42 9 2 3 5 26
3 Ching Johnson 42 10 6 16 146 9 1 1 2 46
9 Murray Murdoch 44 7 3 10 14 9 2 1 3 12
10 Paul Thompson 42 4 4 8 22 8 0 0 0 30
2 Alex Gray 43 7 0 7 30 9 1 0 1 0
12 Leo Bourgeault 37 7 0 7 7 9 0 0 0 8
8 Billy Boyd 43 4 0 4 11 9 0 0 0 4
4 Clarence Abel 23 0 1 1 28 9 1 0 1 14
11 Laurie Scott 23 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
14 Patsy Callighen 36 0 0 0 32 9 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
# Player GP MIN W L T GA SO GAA GP MIN W L GA SO GAA
1 Lorne Chabot 44 2730 19 16 9 79 11 1.74 6 321 2 2 8 1 1.50
1 Joe Miller - - - - - - - - 3 180 2 1 3 1 1.00
- Lester Patrick - - - - - - - - 1 46 1 0 1 0 1.30

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 1928 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Roster

  Centers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • John Hommond (President/Owner)
  • Harry Westerby (Trainer)
  • William Carey, Richard Hojt, George Rickard (Directors)

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • † Lauire Scott played 23 of 44 regular season game. 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 Stanley Cup winning picture.


Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Maine Mariners (ECHL)
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