Finally a lottery win!
What Happened April 9th In New York Rangers History
On this date in 2019, something good finally happened for the New York Rangers in the NHL Draft Lottery. As a national television audience watched, Rangers moved from sixth in the draft to second, earning their best pick since the draft. Brad Park second overall in 1966.
Jeff Gorton attributed the victory in part to a lucky charm, PO Steven McDonald’s Detective Shield, loaned to him by McDonald’s wife, Patti Ann. Gorton had the shield with him in Toronto, where the lottery was taking place.
The New Jersey Devils won the lottery, moving from third overall to first and ultimately drafting center Jack Hughes, the consensus first pick. Rangers have drafted the Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko.
This helped offset the most heartbreaking lottery result, from 2005. In this lottery, due to the lockdown, all 30 teams were entered, but four teams, including Rangers, had the best choice to win. Of course, it was Pittsburgh that got the right to draft Sidney Crosby.
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On this date in 1932, the New York Rangers were defeated 6-4 in Toronto by the Maple Leafs, completing a best-of-five Stanley Cup Finals sweep. It was a one-sided series with the Leafs scoring 18 goals in three games while the Blueshirts scored 10 times. Toronto won the first two games on the ice at Madison Square Garden.
Franck Boucher scored a hat trick, the first for a Ranger in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn’t enough. It was the third trip to the Finals in the team’s first six seasons and their second loss. The Rangers would return to the Finals the following season, winning their second Stanley Cup.
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On this date in 1993, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Rangers 10-4 at Madison Square Garden, led by five goals from Mario Lemieux. It was the Penguins’ 16th straight win, setting a new NHL record.
The Penguins extended their record streak to 17 games, a mark that still stands. The 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets came close, winning 16 games. Rangers’ record for consecutive wins is 10 games, set in 1939-40 and equaled in 1972-73.
23 NHL players were born on April 9, including two former Rangers.
Frank Waite was a center, born in 1905 on this date in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. He played 17 NHL games with the Rangers during the 1930-31 season. He spent most of his decade-long hockey career in the minor leagues and was acquired twice by the Rangers organization.
Drew Banister was born on this date in 1974. Signed as a free agent in October 1999, the defenseman played two seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack, traveling to New York for three games in 2000. He played 164 NHL games with four teams , the most with Tampa.
The Rangers did better in the regular season on April 9 than they did in the playoffs.
Regulation wins: 7
Regulation losses: 6
Percentage of points: 0.538
Elimination matches: 14
Overtime losses: 1
Winning percentage: 43%