Most NHL All-Star Game appearances by a New York Rangers player

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Since the beginning of the NHL All-Star Game in 1947, the New York Rangers have sent over 170 players to the annual event. Of course, some of the franchise’s best skaters have gone on numerous occasions, an honor that so few ever achieve in their careers.

After sorting 68 years of rosters, we have compiled the list of players who represented the Rangers most often at the All-Star Game. Unsurprisingly, most of the names on this list have their numbers hanging in the rafters at Madison Square Garden, but it is crucial to remember how notable their tenures with the Blueshirts indeed were.

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New York Rangers All-Star Appearances

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Henrik Lundqvist (5)

NHL All-Star Games: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019

Henrik Lundqvist played his entire career in a Rangers uniform, compiling a franchise record 459 wins and entering the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2023. As a five-time participant at the NHL All-Star Game, he earned a 0-1-0 record and a 10.86 goals-against average. Lundqvist is one of just 18 goalies to make at least five appearances at the All-Star Game.

Mark Messier (5)

NHL All-Star Games: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004

Mark Messier played 25 years in the NHL, skating in the fifth most All-Star Games with 15, tied with Frank Mahovlich. During his two tenures with the Blueshirts, The Moose played in five games, collecting 10 points, half his 20 career points at the event. Messier remains the fourth-highest scorer in All-Star Games and is one of four skaters to reach 20 points.

Brad Park (6)

NHL All-Star Games: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

Brad Park played eight seasons on Broadway and played in six All-Star Games. Despite finding more statistical success with the Boston Bruins, he was a Norris Trophy finalist in all but two seasons with the Rangers. As one of the franchise’s best draft picks, seeing his name pop on this list with other franchise legends is unsurprising. While representing the Blueshirts, he collected just two points at the All-Star Game.

Ed Giacomin (6)

NHL All-Star Games: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973

Before Mike Richter and Lundqvist overtook most of his franchise records, it is safe to say that Ed Giacomin was New York’s best statistical netminder of all time. During his 11-year tenure with the team, he played in six All-Star Games, which remains the franchise record for netminders. As only one of 10 goalies to appear in at least six games, he owns a 2-1-1 record and a 3.32 at the event.

Harry Howell (6)

NHL All-Star Games: 1955, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968

Harry Howell patrolled the blueline on Broadway for 17 years and holds the team record for most games played at 1,160. Although he would attend the All-Star Game as a member of the Oakland Seals in 1970, he represented the Rangers at six events, collecting a single point in 1965. The Hall of Famer won the Norris Trophy in 1967 and still ranks in the top 10 regarding goals, assists, and points by a New York defenseman.

Andy Bathgate (7)

NHL All-Star Games: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964

Andy Bathgate won the Hart Trophy with New York and the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, earning enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 1978. During his 12 seasons with the Rangers, he attended seven All-Star Games, collecting five points. Thanks to his longevity with the Blueshirts, he remains among the team’s top scorers with 457 points.

Rod Gilbert (8)

NHL All-Star Games: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977

Rod Gilbert spent his entire NHL career with the Rangers, becoming known as “Mr. Ranger” for his endless devotion to the franchise. As the team’s long-time scoring leader, Gilbert called Madison Square Garden home for 18 years, appearing in a then-record eight All-Star Games. Despite being the only player to reach 1,000 points in New York, he only netted three points (all assists) in these events, making him one of the lowest-scoring players with at least eight appearances.

Brian Leetch (9)

NHL All-Star Games: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002

Any true Rangers fan knows that Brian Leetch is the greatest player to ever put on the team’s iconic jersey. Even though he didn’t finish his Hall of Fame career with the club, he is one of their most decorated players, winning the Calder Trophy (1989), Conn Smythe Trophy (1994), and two Norris Trophies (1992, 1997), while ranking second on the games played and scoring lists.

In New York, he skated in nine All-Star Games, becoming one of 35 players to achieve the feat. Despite retiring with 1,028 points, he managed only two assists at the All-Star Game, putting him in a tie with Marcel Pronovost for the least amount of points by a player with at least nine appearances.

Note: Some historical data via NHL Records

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