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1943–44 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 6th NHL
1943–44 record 6–39–5
Goals for 162
Goals against 310
General Manager Lester Patrick
Coach Frank Boucher
Captain Ott Heller
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Bryan Hextall (21)
Assists Bryan Hextall (33)
Points Bryan Hextall (54)
Penalties in minutes Bob Dill (66)
Wins Ken McAuley (6)
Goals against average Ken McAuley (6.24)
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1942–43 1944–45

The 1943–44 New York Rangers season was the 18th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished last in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs, compiling only 17 points, the fewest in franchise history.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Connie Dion made only 9 saves in the Red Wings 15-0 demolition of the NYR, January 23, 1944.

The Rangers had plunged to last place the previous year and Lester Patrick was so discouraged that he wanted to suspend operations for the year. This year the Rangers lost Clint Smith, Lynn Patrick, Phil Watson and Alf Pike. The most unbelievably inept team iced for the Rangers this year. Things were so desperate that coach Frank Boucher had to come out of retirement to play some. But the Rangers set the modern day record of 6.20 goals against, giving up 310 goals in 50 games. One night when Lester Patrick went behind the bench to coach the team with Frank Boucher attending his brother's funeral, the Rangers were demolished 15-0 by Detroit as the Red Wings set a modern day record of most goals by a team in a single game. It was a horrifying experience for Patrick. Only a week later Syd Howe set a modern day record of 6 goals in a game in a 12-2 conquest of the hapless Rangers. The Rangers won only 6 games all year and finished a distant last, 23 points behind fifth-place Boston.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 5 7 83 234 109 557
Detroit Red Wings 50 26 18 6 58 214 177 374
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 23 23 4 50 214 174 303
Chicago Black Hawks 50 22 23 5 49 178 187 240
Boston Bruins 50 19 26 5 43 223 268 207
New York Rangers 50 6 39 5 17 162 310 253

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 L October 30, 1943 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 0–1–0
2 L October 31, 1943 3–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 0–2–0
3 L November 2, 1943 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 0–3–0
4 L November 6, 1943 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 0–4–0
5 L November 7, 1943 4–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 0–5–0
6 L November 13, 1943 2–6 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 0–6–0
7 L November 14, 1943 5–10 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 0–7–0
8 L November 18, 1943 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 0–8–0
9 L November 21, 1943 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 0–9–0
10 L November 25, 1943 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 0–10–0
11 L November 27, 1943 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 0–11–0
12 T November 28, 1943 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 0–11–1
13 L December 4, 1943 4–11 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 0–12–1
14 L December 5, 1943 6–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 0–13–1
15 L December 11, 1943 6–9 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 0–14–1
16 W December 12, 1943 6–4 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 1–14–1
17 W December 19, 1943 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 2–14–1
18 L December 23, 1943 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 2–15–1
19 W December 25, 1943 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 3–15–1
20 W December 26, 1943 7–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 4–15–1
21 L December 31, 1943 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 4–16–1
22 L January 2, 1944 3–13 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 4–17–1
23 L January 6, 1944 0–5 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 4–18–1
24 L January 8, 1944 2–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 4–19–1
25 L January 9, 1944 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 4–20–1
26 L January 13, 1944 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 4–21–1
27 L January 15, 1944 5–7 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 4–22–1
28 W January 16, 1944 8–6 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 5–22–1
29 W January 22, 1944 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 6–22–1
30 L January 23, 1944 0–15 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 6–23–1
31 L January 27, 1944 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 6–24–1
32 L January 30, 1944 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 6–25–1
33 L February 3, 1944 2–12 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 6–26–1
34 L February 5, 1944 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 6–27–1
35 T February 6, 1944 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 6–27–2
36 L February 10, 1944 3–8 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 6–28–2
37 L February 13, 1944 3–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 6–29–2
38 L February 19, 1944 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 6–30–2
39 L February 20, 1944 2–7 Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 6–31–2
40 L February 22, 1944 4–8 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 6–32–2
41 T February 24, 1944 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 6–32–3
42 L February 27, 1944 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 6–33–3
43 L March 2, 1944 5–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 6–34–3
44 L March 4, 1944 9–10 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 6–35–3
45 T March 5, 1944 4–4 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 6–35–4
46 L March 9, 1944 0–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 6–36–4
47 L March 11, 1944 0–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 6–37–4
48 T March 12, 1944 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 6–37–5
49 L March 18, 1944 2–11 @ Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 6–38–5
50 L March 19, 1944 1–6 Montreal Canadiens (1943–44) 6–39–5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall RW 50 21 33 54 41
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 50 18 22 40 15
Heller, OttOtt Heller D 50 8 27 35 29
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco C 36 14 19 33 2
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 28 9 20 29 0
Aubuchon, OssieOssie Aubuchon LW 38 16 12 28 4
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 33 14 10 24 0
McDonald, JackJack McDonald RW 43 10 9 19 6
Gooden, BillBill Gooden LW 41 9 8 17 15
Warwick, GrantGrant Warwick RW 18 8 9 17 14
MacDonald, KilbyKilby MacDonald LW 24 7 9 16 4
Dill, BobBob Dill D 28 6 10 16 66
Boucher, FrankFrank Boucher C 15 4 10 14 2
McDonald, BuckoBucko McDonald D 41 5 6 11 14
Scherza, ChuckChuck Scherza LW/C 5 3 2 5 11
Warwick, BillyBilly Warwick LW 13 3 2 5 12
Raleigh, DonDon Raleigh C 15 2 2 4 2
Davidson, GordGord Davidson D 16 1 3 4 4
Leger, RogerRoger Leger D 7 1 2 3 2
Palazzari, AldoAldo Palazzari RW 11 2 0 2 0
Dewar, TomTom Dewar D 9 0 2 2 4
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 9 0 2 2 0
Damore, HankHank Damore C 4 1 0 1 2
Jamieson, JimJim Jamieson D 1 0 1 1 0
Fraser, ArchieArchie Fraser C 3 0 1 1 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 1 0 0 0 0
Dyck, HenryHenry Dyck C/LW 1 0 0 0 0
McDonald, RobertRobert McDonald RW 1 0 0 0 0
Mohns, LloydLloyd Mohns D 1 0 0 0 0
Mann, JackJack Mann C 3 0 0 0 0
Labovitch, MaxMax Labovitch RW 5 0 0 0 4
Strobel, ArtArt Strobel LW 7 0 0 0 0
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 1 0 0 0 0
McAuley, KenKen McAuley G 50 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McAuley, KenKen McAuley 2980 50 6 39 5 310 6.24 0
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 20 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 3000 50 6 39 5 310 6.20 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers set a record for the fewest points in a season in club history with 17.
  • The Rangers did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1943-44 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Maine Mariners (ECHL)
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