The history of the New York Rangers begins in 1926. The Rangers experienced a great deal of success in their early years, in fact the Rangers made the playoff every season until 1942, with the exception of the 1935 season. New York won the Stanley Cup in 1927, 1932, and 1939. During the 1970s the Rangers made the playoff eight times and played for the Stanley Cup twice. The Rangers success continued into the 1980’s as they made the playoff every season except 1987. However, the closest they got to the Stanley Cup was in 1985 as they lost in the Conference Finals to the Canadiens.
By the time the 1990’s began, the New York Rangers had endured a 50 year championship drought. In 1993 the Rangers again had the best record in the regular season, but this time their run went deeper into the playoffs. The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils in a seven game series and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1978. The Rangers faced the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup. The Rangers defeated the Canucks and were Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 54 years. Since then, the Rangers have not won a Stanley Cup, despite advancing to several playoff appearances.