Complete List Of New York Rangers Head Coaches In Order

List Of New York Rangers Head Coaches In Order

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Complete List Of New York Rangers Head Coaches In Order looks at a team founded in 1926. The New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises. Over the course of their storied history, they’ve hoisted the Stanley Cup four times and been the backdrop to countless iconic moments in hockey. The coaching leaders of this team have had to navigate the pressures of the New York media and fanbase while fostering success on the ice. Let’s delve into the list of the head coaches who have taken the helm of the Rangers:

1 – Lester Patrick (1926-1939)

Born in 1883 in Drummondville, Quebec. Patrick played for the New York Wanderers (1905–1906) and Renfrew Creamery Kings (1909–1911). He also coached the Victoria Cougars (1918–1922).

2 – Frank Boucher (1939-1949, 1953-1955)

Born in 1901 in Ottawa, Ontario. Boucher played for the Ottawa Senators (1921–1922) and New York Rangers (1926–1938).

3 – Lynn Patrick (1949-1950)

Born in 1912 in Victoria, British Columbia. Patrick played for the New York Rangers (1934–1946). He also coached the Boston Bruins (1950–1954).

4 – Neil Colville (1950-1952)

Born in 1914 in Edmonton, Alberta. Colville played for the New York Rangers (1935–1942, 1945–1949).

5 – Bill Cook (1951-1953)

Born in 1895 in Brantford, Ontario. Cook played for the Saskatoon Crescents (1921–1926) and New York Rangers (1926–1937).

6 – Muzz Patrick (1954-1955)

Born in 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia. Patrick played for the New York Rangers (1937–1946).

7 – Phil Watson (1955-1962)

Born in 1914 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Watson played for the New York Rangers (1935–1942, 1945–1948). He also coached the Boston Bruins (1962–1963).

8 – Doug Harvey (1961-1962)

Born in 1924 in Montreal, Quebec. Harvey played for the Montreal Canadiens (1947–1961), New York Rangers (1961–1964), Detroit Red Wings (1966–1967), and St. Louis Blues (1968–1969).

9 – Red Sullivan (1962-1965)

Born in 1929 in Peterborough, Ontario. Sullivan played for the Boston Bruins (1949–1951), Chicago Black Hawks (1951–1954), and New York Rangers (1955–1961).

10 – Emile Francis (1965-1975)

Born in 1926 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Francis also coached the St. Louis Blues (1976–1977).

11 – Ron Stewart (1975-1976)

Born in 1932 in Calgary, Alberta. Stewart played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–1965), Boston Bruins (1965–1967), St. Louis Blues (1967–1970), New York Rangers (1970–1972), Vancouver Canucks (1972–1974), and New York Islanders (1974–1975).

12 – John Ferguson Sr. (1975-1976, 1977-1978)

Born in 1938 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ferguson played for the Montreal Canadiens (1963–1971). He also coached the Winnipeg Jets (1978–1980).

13 – Jean-Guy Talbot (1977-1978)

Born in 1932 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. Talbot played for the Montreal Canadiens (1955–1967), Minnesota North Stars (1967–1968), Detroit Red Wings (1968–1970), St. Louis Blues (1970–1972), and Buffalo Sabres (1971–1972). He also coached the St. Louis Blues (1972–1973).

14 – Fred Shero (1978-1980)

Born in 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shero played for the New York Rangers (1947–1950). He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1971–1978).

15 – Craig Patrick (1980-1981)

Born in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. Patrick played for the California Golden Seals (1969–1970) and St. Louis Blues (1976–1977). He also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–1997).

16 – Herb Brooks (1981-1985)

Born in 1937 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brooks played for the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic teams. He’s best known for coaching the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal, commonly referred to as the “Miracle on Ice.”

17 – Ted Sator (1985-1986)

Born in 1949 in Madison, Wisconsin. Sator also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1984–1985) and Buffalo Sabres (1986–1987).

18 – Tom Webster (1986-1987)

Born in 1948 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Webster played for the Boston Bruins (1968–1969), Detroit Red Wings (1970–1972), and California Golden Seals (1972–1974). He also coached the Los Angeles Kings (1989–1992).

19 – Michel Bergeron (1987-1989)

Born in 1946 in Longueuil, Quebec. Bergeron also coached the Quebec Nordiques (1980–1987).

20 – Phil Esposito (1988-1989)

Born in 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Esposito played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1963–1967), Boston Bruins (1967–1976), and New York Rangers (1975–1981).

21 – Roger Neilson (1989-1993)

Born in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario. Neilson also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–1979), Buffalo Sabres (1980–1981), Vancouver Canucks (1982–1984), Los Angeles Kings (1984–1985), Florida Panthers (1993–1995), Philadelphia Flyers (1997–1998), and Ottawa Senators (2001–2002).

22 – Ron Smith (1992-1993)

Smith had coaching stints with the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes as an assistant.

23 – Mike Keenan (1993-1994)

Born in 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario. Keenan also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1984–1988), Chicago Blackhawks (1988–1992), St. Louis Blues (1994–1997), Vancouver Canucks (1997–1999), Boston Bruins (2000–2001), Florida Panthers (2001–2004), and Calgary Flames (2007–2009).

24 – Colin Campbell (1994-1998)

Born in 1953 in London, Ontario. Campbell played for the Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–1974), Colorado Rockies (1976–1979), Edmonton Oilers (1979–1981), and Vancouver Canucks (1981–1984). He also coached the Detroit Red Wings (1990–1993).

25 – John Muckler (1997-2000)

Born in 1934 in Midland, Ontario. Muckler also coached the Minnesota North Stars (1968–1969) and Buffalo Sabres (1991–1995).

26 – Ron Low (2000-2002)

Born in 1950 in Birtle, Manitoba. Low played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–1974), Washington Capitals (1974–1976), and Detroit Red Wings (1977–1980). He also coached the Edmonton Oilers (1995–1999).

27 – Bryan Trottier (2002-2003)

Born in 1956 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan. Trottier played for the New York Islanders (1975–1990) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–1994).

28 – Glen Sather (2003)

Born in 1943 in High River, Alberta. Sather played for the Boston Bruins (1966–1969), Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–1971), New York Rangers (1971–1974), St. Louis Blues (1973–1974), Montreal Canadiens (1974–1975), and Minnesota North Stars (1975–1976). He also coached the Edmonton Oilers (1977–1980, 1980–1989, 1993–1994).

29 – Tom Renney (2004-2009)

Born in 1955 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Renney also coached the Vancouver Canucks (1996–1997) and Edmonton Oilers (2012–2015).

30 – John Tortorella (2009-2013)

Born in 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tortorella also coached the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–2008), Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014), and Columbus Blue Jackets (2015–2021).

31 – Alain Vigneault (2013-2020)

Born in 1961 in Quebec City, Quebec. Vigneault also coached the Montreal Canadiens (1997–2001), Vancouver Canucks (2006–2013), and Philadelphia Flyers (2019–present as of 2021).

32 – David Quinn (2018-2021)

Born in 1966 in Cranston, Rhode Island. Before joining the Rangers, Quinn was the head coach of Boston University.

33. Gerard Gallant (2021-2023)

34. Peter Laviolette (2023)

Peter Laviolette was born in 1964 in Norwood, Massachusetts. Laviolette did not play in the NHL but went on to coach the Carolina Hurricanes (2003–2009), Philadelphia Flyers (2009–2013), and Nashville Predators (2014–2019).

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