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1955–56 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd NHL
1955–56 record 17-17-10
Goals for 136
Goals against 143
General Manager Muzz Patrick
Coach Phil Watson
Captain Harry Howell
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Andy Hebenton
Dean Prentice (24)
Assists Andy Bathgate (47)
Points Andy Bathgate (66)
Penalties in minutes Lou Fontinato (202)
Wins Gump Worsley (32)
Goals against average Gump Worsley (2.84)
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1954–55 1956–57

The 1955–56 New York Rangers season was the 30th season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers finished 3rd in the league and qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five season. They lost in the Semi-finals to the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Wally Hergesheimer scores on Al Rollins to make it 5-3 Rangers in the last Hawks home game played in St. Louis, March 8, 1956.

With poor attendance at home and having played three home games in Indianapolis during the 1953–54 season, and six home games in St. Louis in the 1954–55 season, the Chicago Black Hawks played another five home games in St. Louis in 1955-56 but for the last time. The New York Rangers won 6-4 in the last Chicago home game played in St. Louis on March 8, 1956.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 45 15 10 100 222 131
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 76 183 148
New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 74 204 203
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 61 153 181
Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 59 147 185
Chicago Black Hawks 70 19 39 12 50 155 216

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1955 7–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 1–0–0
2 W October 9, 1955 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 2–0–0
3 L October 15, 1955 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 2–1–0
4 L October 16, 1955 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 2–2–0
5 W October 19, 1955 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 3–2–0
6 L October 22, 1955 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 3–3–0
7 W October 23, 1955 5–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 4–3–0
8 W October 26, 1955 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 5–3–0
9 L October 29, 1955 0–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 5–4–0
10 T November 3, 1955 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 5–4–1
11 W November 5, 1955 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 6–4–1
12 W November 6, 1955 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 7–4–1
13 T November 9, 1955 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 7–4–2
14 L November 10, 1955 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–5–2
15 W November 13, 1955 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 8–5–2
16 T November 16, 1955 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 8–5–3
17 L November 19, 1955 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 8–6–3
18 T November 20, 1955 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 8–6–4
19 W November 23, 1955 4–0 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 9–6–4
20 W November 24, 1955 5–0 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 10–6–4
21 T November 27, 1955 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 10–6–5
22 W November 30, 1955 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 11–6–5
23 W December 2, 1955 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 12–6–5
24 W December 4, 1955 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 13–6–5
25 W December 7, 1955 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–6–5
26 L December 10, 1955 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–7–5
27 L December 11, 1955 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 14–8–5
28 L December 14, 1955 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 14–9–5
29 L December 15, 1955 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 14–10–5
30 W December 18, 1955 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 15–10–5
31 T December 21, 1955 3–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 15–10–6
32 W December 25, 1955 5–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 16–10–6
33 L December 29, 1955 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 16–11–6
34 W December 31, 1955 6–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 17–11–6
35 W January 1, 1956 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 18–11–6
36 W January 4, 1956 5–4 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 19–11–6
37 L January 8, 1956 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 19–12–6
38 W January 11, 1956 6–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 20–12–6
39 L January 12, 1956 0–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 20–13–6
40 W January 14, 1956 6–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 21–13–6
41 W January 15, 1956 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 22–13–6
42 T January 17, 1956 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 22–13–7
43 L January 21, 1956 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 22–14–7
44 L January 22, 1956 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 22–15–7
45 L January 26, 1956 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 22–16–7
46 W January 28, 1956 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 23–16–7
47 W January 29, 1956 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 24–16–7
48 W February 1, 1956 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 25–16–7
49 L February 4, 1956 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–17–7
50 T February 5, 1956 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 25–17–8
51 T February 8, 1956 3–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–17–9
52 L February 11, 1956 0–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 25–18–9
53 W February 12, 1956 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 26–18–9
54 L February 14, 1956 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 26–19–9
55 W February 15, 1956 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 27–19–9
56 L February 18, 1956 4–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 27–20–9
57 L February 19, 1956 0–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 27–21–9
58 L February 22, 1956 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 27–22–9
59 L February 23, 1956 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 27–23–9
60 W February 26, 1956 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 28–23–9
61 L February 28, 1956 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 28–24–9
62 W February 29, 1956 4–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–24–9
63 L March 3, 1956 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–25–9
64 W March 4, 1956 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 30–25–9
65 W March 8, 1956 6–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 31–25–9
66 L March 10, 1956 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 31–26–9
67 W March 11, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 32–26–9
68 T March 15, 1956 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 32–26–10
69 L March 17, 1956 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 32–27–10
70 L March 18, 1956 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 32–28–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 70 19 47 66 59
Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 70 20 31 51 43
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 70 9 42 51 84
Lewicki, DannyDanny Lewicki LW 70 18 27 45 26
Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 66 16 28 44 71
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 70 24 18 42 44
Hergesheimer, WallyWally Hergesheimer RW 70 22 18 40 26
Popein, LarryLarry Popein C 64 14 25 39 37
Hebenton, AndyAndy Hebenton RW 70 24 14 38 8
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 66 12 17 29 40
Conacher, PetePete Conacher LW 41 11 11 22 10
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 70 3 15 18 202
Howell, HarryHarry Howell D 70 3 15 18 77
Raleigh, DonDon Raleigh C 29 1 12 13 4
Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 63 5 7 12 38
Evans, JackJack Evans D 70 2 9 11 104
Guidolin, AldoAldo Guidolin RW/D 14 1 0 1 8
Bartlett, JimJim Bartlett LW 12 0 1 1 8
Irwin, IvanIvan Irwin D 34 0 1 1 20
Howell, RonRon Howell D/LW 1 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 70 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 4200 70 32 28 10 198 2.83 4
Team: 4200 70 32 28 10 198 2.83 4

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 5 1 3 4 4
Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 5 2 1 3 2
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 5 1 2 3 2
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 5 1 2 3 4
Lewicki, DannyDanny Lewicki LW 5 0 3 3 0
Evans, JackJack Evans D 5 1 0 1 18
Hebenton, AndyAndy Hebenton RW 5 1 0 1 2
Hergesheimer, WallyWally Hergesheimer RW 5 1 0 1 0
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 5 1 0 1 2
Howell, HarryHarry Howell D 5 0 1 1 4
Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 5 0 1 1 2
Popein, LarryLarry Popein C 5 0 1 1 2
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 4 0 0 0 6
Conacher, PetePete Conacher LW 5 0 0 0 0
Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 5 0 0 0 4
Irwin, IvanIvan Irwin D 5 0 0 0 8
Bell, GordieGordie Bell G 2 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 3 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Bell, GordieGordie Bell 120 2 1 1 9 4.50 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 180 3 0 3 14 4.67 0
Team: 300 5 1 4 23 4.60 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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Over nine minutes of highlights beginning with a minute of the Rangers-Canadiens Semi-finals then goals of all five games of the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1955-56 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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