The 3 Fifty Goal Scorers In New York Rangers HistoryFitness Equipment
In the days of no NHL salary cap prior to the 2004-05 lock-out, the New York Rangers were constantly refreshed with fortified NHL superstars in the later stages of their careers. With the constant influx of high-priced and proven talent, it’s somewhat amazing that their have only been three fifty goal scorers in the 86 year history of the team.
The first New York Ranger to reach the 50 goal plateau was Vic Hadfield. In 1971-72, Hadfield scored exactly 50. Although a distance second in goal scoring that season to Phil Esposito’s 66, along with Esposito and Bobby Hull (50 goals), Vic was one of only three NHL players that season to hit the 50 goal mark.
The 1971-72 season was dominated by the Boston Bruins and Rangers with the five top point getters coming from the two teams. Hadfield finished fourth with 106 points. The two teams met in the Stanley Cup finals with the Bruins winning in six games.
Vic Hadfield played 13 seasons with the Rangers from 1961-62 to 1973-74. 1971-72 was the only time in his career he hit the 50 goal mark. Hadfield’s next best season was a 31 goal performance in 1974-75 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Adam Graves was the next New York Ranger to score 50 and the first to surpass it. In 1993-94, the year the Rangers ended a 54 year Stanley Cup drought, Graves scored 52. It was the only time Adam reached the milestone during his NHL career with his next best season coming in the form of a 38 goal output in 1998-99. Graves played ten seasons with the Rangers from 1991-92 to 2000-01 and has since had his number 9 retired by the team.
Jaromir Jagr was the most recent New York Ranger to surpass 50 goals in a single season. Jagr holds the current team record, scoring 54 goals in 2005-06. It was the third time in Jaromir’s career that he topped 50, scoring 62 in 1995-96 and 52 in 2000-01, both times with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 2005-06, Jagr set several New York Rangers single season records. He finished second in the NHL in goals scored to Jonathan Cheechoo’s 56 and second in total points with 123 to Joe Thornton’s 125. It was the first of three seasons Jagr played in New York.
Who didn’t score 50 goals as a New York Ranger? Pavel Bure was a five time 50+ goal scorer with the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers and played two seasons for the Rangers. Phil Esposito was a 50+ goal scorer five times as Boston Bruin and played six seasons in New York. Wayne Gretzky is tied with Mike Bossy with the most consecutive 50+ goal seasons with nine (Edmonton Oilers / Los Angeles Kings). Gretzky played his final three seasons with the Rangers. Marcel Dionne was a six time 50+ goal scorer but not during his three seasons in a Rangers uniform. Tim Kerr surpassed 50 goals on four occasions with the Philadelphia Flyers and played one injury filled season with the Rangers.