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The New York Rangers: 19 Years Later.

by Photo of Antoinette Cammarano

With the Stanley Cup upon us, let’s look at the New York Rangers 19 years after their win.

The New York Rangers: 19 Years Later.

June 14, 1994 is the day every New York Ranger fan will remember for the rest of their lives. From 1940-1994, Blueshirt fans across the state yearned for their hometown team to hoist the Stanley Cup once more. The curse last 54 years, and for 54 years fans laid dormant as they waited. However, it all changed during the 1993-1994 season. With a roster that included great hockey players such as Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Ritcher, New York was buzzing with excitement. It was time. Finally, on June 14, 1994, Mark Messier lifted the Stanley Cup trophy. It was a glorious moment for everyone there.

A lot has changed in the New York Rangers franchise since this historic moment. These changes included plenty of roster turnover, different head coaches, and even a (slightly) different arena. With the departure of the men who led the team to victory in the 1994 Stanley Cup finals, the Broadway Blueshirts need a roster that can bring them to great heights once more. Luckily, with currently players including Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, and Rick Nash, the Rangers are prepping their team for another Stanley Cup push. The change in management has also had an impact on this franchise. Neil Smith, General Manager of the 1994 team, was replaced by current General Manager Glen Sather (a former coach). Sather has not been able to lead the team to a Stanley Cup. Finally, the home turf of the current New York Rangers is even different than it was in 1994. In 2011 with Madison Square Garden began undergoing a series of transformations that has changed it from the way it appeared in the historic 1994 season.

Although the New York Rangers have not made it to the Stanley Cup finals since, they have been valiantly trying. This season, which had an extremely rocky start, ended with a loss in the Stanley Cup semifinals to the Boston Bruins (who are currently in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks). With numerous injuries (such as Marc Staal's eye injury and Ryan Callahan's shoulder injury), and lackluster coaching from ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella (who was, thankfully, fired after this season), the Rangers had a lot of difficulties to overcome. As always, Ranger fans across the country will only hope for a better season next year.

June 14 will be a day New York Ranger fans remember as the day the curse was lifted from the Original Six franchise. It has been 19 years since then, and fans are waiting for another miracle like the one that happened that year.

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