New York Rangers Jersey Numbers History

Throughout the years, countless players have donned the famous blue, red, and white jerseys, each with their own unique number. Let’s delve into the New York Rangers jersey numbers history and highlight some of the best players associated with each number.

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NYR Jersy Numbers That Have Never Been Worn

No New York Rangers players have ever worn #52, #60, #65, #66, #69, #78. #83, #85, and #98.

NYR Jersey Numbers That Have Been Retired

The New York Jersey numbers that have been retired include #1, #2, #3, #7, #9, #11, #19, #30, #35, and #99.

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See the complete New York Rangers jersey numbers history below:

00, John Davidson, G – 222 GP, 93-90-25

The only player to wear 00 for the Rangers, Davidson played in 222 games for the Rangers going 93-90-25.

1 (Retired), Eddie Giacomin, G – 539 GP, 267-172-89

Suiting up for 539 games as a Blueshirt, Giacomin went 267-172-89 over his 11 seasons. As a Ranger, Giacomin played in 5 All-Star games, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in 1966-1967, and won the Vezina in 70-71.

2 (Retired), Brian Leetch, D- 1129 GP – 240 G, 741 A, 981 P

After an impressive 1129 games with the Rangers, Leetch re-wrote every scoring record by a Rangers defenseman with 240 goals, 741 assists, and 981 points. A 6-time All-Star, Leetch also won the Calder trophy in 88-89, the Norris in 91-92, and 96-96, along with the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP when he helped the Rangers end their Stanley Cup drought in 1994.

3 (Retired), Harry Howell, D – 1160 GP  – 82G, 263 A, 345 P

While James Patrick is also a large consideration, Howell played 1160 games with the Rangers, winning the Norris Trophy in 1966-1967. He holds the franchise record for games played, was honored as Rangers’ MVP in 1964, and is one of only four Rangers – along with Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert, and Mark Messier – to have won the Frank Boucher Trophy three straight seasons.

4. Ron Greschner , D – 981 GP – 179 G, 431 A, 610 P

981 NHL games, all with the Rangers, with some All-Star, Calder, and Norris votes along the way.

5. Dan Girardi, D – 788 GP – 46 G, 184 A, 230P

Nearly 800 games with the Rangers, and he was an absolute warrior for the team.

6. Darius Kasparaitis, D – 215 GP – 6 G , 28 A, 34P

7 (Retired), Rod Gilbert, F – 1065 GP – 406 G, 615 A, 1021 P

Gilbert played an impressive 1065 NHL games, and all with the Rangers. The Rangers’ all-time scoring leader, Gilbert won the Masteron trophy in 75-75, and was the first Ranger to have his number retired just a few years later.

8. Steve Vickers, F – 698 GP,  246 G, 340 A, 586 P

While current captain Jacob Trouba also wears number 8, Vickers played his entire 10-year career in a Rangers jersey, picking up a Calder trophy and All-Star game nod along the way.

9 (Retired), Adam Graves, F – 772 GP –  280 G, 227 A, 507 P, and Andy Bathgate, F – 719 GP – 272 G, 457 A, 729 P

Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate both deserve their names here. Bathgate played in 719 games for the Rangers, captained the team, won the NHL’s Hart Trophy as League MVP, and played in eight NHL All-Star Games. Graves play 772 games with the Rangers and set the Rangers’ single-season record for most goals in the 1993-94 season with 52. He also won the Masterton, had some Selke love, and won the Stanley Cup in 1994. Both have their number 9s retired for the Rangers.

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10. Artemi Panarin, F

Currently, the New York Rangers’ best player, Panarin can only add to his Rangers legacy.

11 (Retired), Mark Messier, F – 698 GP – 250 G, 441 A, 691 P, and Vic Hadfield, F – 841 GP – 262 G, 310 A, 572 P

Mark Messier and Vic Hadfield both have their number 11s retired by the Rangers and for good reason. Hadfield played in 841 games for the Rangers, putting up 572 points. When he left,  Hadfield ranked second in franchise history in games played and penalty minutes, and fourth in goals, assists, and points. One of the premier power forwards of his era, Hadfield is the only player who has recorded at least 200 goals and 1,000 or more penalty minutes as a member of the Rangers in franchise history.

Messier’s story is well known, as he came to the Rangers in 91-92, and within two years, captained the Rangers to a Stanley Cup. He may have only played 698 games for the Rangers, but he won the Hart and Pearson (now Lindsay) trophy in his first season with the Rangers.

12. Don Maloney, F – 653 GP – 195 G, 307 A, 502 P

13. Sergei Nemchinov, F – 418 GP, 105 G, 120 A, 225 P

14. Brendan Shanahan, F – 140 GP, 52 G, 56 A, 108 P

15. Jim Neilson, D – 811 GP, 60 G, 238 A, 298 P

16. Ryan Strome, F 

17. Dean Prentis, F – 666 GP – 186 G, 236 A, 422 P

18. Walt Tkaczuk, F – 945 GP – 227 G, 451 A , 678 P

19 (Retired), Jean Ratelle, F – 861 GP – 336 G, 481 A, 817 P

Over 16 years with the Rangers, Ratelle played in 861 games and managed an impressive 817 points. He won a Masteron, a Pearson (now Lindsay), and two Lady Byng trophies; he’s also the only player in NHL history who tallied at least 1,200 career points while amassing fewer than 300 career penalty minutes. 

20. Chris Kreider, F

21. Sergei Zubov, D – 165 GP –  30 G, 126 A, 156 P

He may have only played parts of 3 seasons with the Rangers, but he leads the team in scoring on the way to the 1994 Stanley Cup.

22. Nick Fotiu, F – 455 GP – 41 G, 62 A, 103 P

23. Adam Fox – D

24. Ryan Callahan, F – 450 GP – 132 G, 122 A, 254 P

25. Orland Kurtenbach, C – 199 GP, 30 G, 61 A, 91 P

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26. Dave Maloney, D – 605 D – 70 G, 225 A, 295 P

Although Martin St Louis had a higher point per game wearing #26, Maloney played 512 more games in a Rangers jersey, and still had a 0.49 PPG.

27. Ryan McDonagh – D

28. Tomas Sandstrom, F – 407 GP – 173 G, 207 A, 380 P

29. Reijo Ruotsalainen, D – 389 GP – 99 G, 217 A, 316 P

30 (Retired), Henrik Lundqvist, G – 887 GP – 459-310-96

King Henrik may just be the greatest Rangers goalie of all time. He played in 887 games for the Rangers and holds over 50 team records, including wins, appearances by a goaltender, shutouts, save percentage (min. 75 appearances), playoff appearances (by either a skater or goaltender – 130), playoff wins (61), playoff shutouts (10), and playoff save percentage (min. 10 appearances – .921).

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31. Igor Shesterkin, G

Possibly the next best goalie to wear a Rangers uniform? The young Russian is putting up stellar numbers in The Big Apple and can only go up from here.

32. Stephane Matteau, F – 85 GP – 11 G, 10 A, 21 P

33. Tony Amonte, F – 234 GP – 84 G, 99 A, 183 P 

34. John Vanbiesbrouck, G – 449 GP – 200-147-47

35 (Retired), Mike Richter, G – 666 GP – 301-258-73

Fighting for the title of best Rangers goalie of all time is Mike Richter. In 666 career appearances, he posted a record of 301-258-73, along with 2.89 goals against average and a .904 save percentage gathering Hart, Vezina, and Calder votes along the way; not to mention the Stanley Cup in 1994.

36. Mats Zuccarello, F 

37. Paul Broten, F – 194 GP – 27 G, 33 A , 60 P

38. Mike Sauer, D – 98 GP – 4 G, 14 A, 18 P

39. Doug Weight, F – 118 GP – 23 G, 47 A, 70 P

40. Alex Georgiev, G 

41. Jed Ortmeyer, F – 177 GP – 9 G, 15 A, 24 P

42. Artem Anisimov, F – 244 GP, 46 G, 62 A, 108 P

43. Martin Biron, G – 46 GP – 22-15-3

44. Ron Duguay, F – 499 GP – 164 G, 176 A, 340 P

45. Braden Schneider, D

46. Dan Girardi, D – 788 GP – 46 G, 184 A, 230P

Girardi wore this number for 34 games, which is more than anyone else who has worn this number for the Rangers.

47. Rich Pilon, D – 509 GP – 6 G, 54 A, 60 P

48. Brendan Lemieux, F

49. Dan Fritsche, F – 16 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P

50. Lias Andersson, F 

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51. Fedor Tyutin, D – 250 GP – 15 G, 51 A, 66 P

52. No Ranger has ever worn #52.

53. Derek Morris, D – 18 GP – 0 G, 8A, 8 P

54. Adam McQuaid, D – 36 GP – 2 G, 3 A, 5 P

55. Ryan Lindgren, D – 

56. Mike Sauer, D – 98 GP – 4 G, 14 A, 18 P

57. No ranger has ever worn #57.

58. John Gilmour, D – 33 GP – 2 G, 3 A, 5 P

59. No Ranger has ever worn #59.

60. No Ranger has ever worn #60.

61. Rick Nash, F – 375 GP, 145 G, 107 A, 252 P

The former 1st overall pick came to the Rangers in the latter half of his career but still managed to score goals at a similar pace (0.39) as his time in Columbus (0.49).

62. Carl Hagelin, F – 266 GP – 58 G, 72 A, 130 P

63. Anthony Duclair, F

64. Tyler Motte, F 

65. No Ranger has ever worn #65.

66. No Ranger has ever worn #66.

67. Benoit Pouliot, F – 80 GP, 15 G, 21 A, 36 P

68. Jaromir Jagr, F – 277 GP – 124 G, 195 A, 319 P

The living legend may have only played 277 of his 1733 NHL games for the Rangers, but he put up an incredible 319 points in those games including an All-Star nod, and a Pearson trophy.

69. No Ranger has ever worn #69.

70. Mackenzie Skapski, G – 2 GP – 2-0-0

71. Mike Rupp, F – 68 GP – 4 G, 1 A, 5 P

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72. Filip Chytil, F

The young Ranger has finally topped 20 goals a season, so he will certainly be the best Ranger to wear #72 for a while as he continues to improve.

73. Brandon Pirri, F – 60 GP – 8 G, 10 A, 18 P

74. Joel Bouchard, D – 55 GP – 6G, 14 A, 20 P

75. Ryan Reaves, F

76. Brady Skjei, D

77. Phil Esposito, F – 422 GP – 184 G, 220 A, 404 P

The Hockey Hall of Famer finished his career in New York with the Rangers and still managed to put up nearly a point per game in his 422 games.

78. No Ranger has ever worn #78.

79. Kā€™Andre Miller, D

The young defenceman is on the up-and-up and will only get better from here on out.

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80. Kevin Weekes, G – 46 GP – 18-20-5

81. Marcel Hossa, F – 164 GP – 21 G, 21 A, 42 P

82. Marty Straka, F – 224 GP – 65 G, 122 A, 187 P

83. No Ranger has ever worn #83.

84. Corey Locke, F – 3 GP – 0 G, 0A, 0P

85. No Ranger has ever worn #85.

86. Wojtek Wolski, F – 46 GP, 6 G, 16 A, 22 P

87. Donald Brashear, F – 26 GP – 0 G, 1 A, 1 P

88. Eric Lindros, F – 192 GP – 66 G, 92 A, 158 P

While the Hall of Famer was far from his absolutely dominant days in Philadelphia, Lindros’ time in New York was still successful from a personal standpoint, playing nearly 200 games for the Rangers.

89. Pavel Buchnevich, F

90. Vlad Namestnikov, F

91. Markus Naslund, F – 82 GP – 24 G, 22 A, 46 P

Expectations were high when the Canucks legend left the West Coast for New York, and Naslund responded with 46 points in a full 82-game season, including 3 points in the playoffs before retiring from the NHL.

92. Michael Nylander, F – 160 GP – 49 G, 113 A, 162 P

With only two seasons as a Ranger, Nylander left New York with a 1.01 PPG.

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93. Mika Zibanejad, F

The current top center for the Rangers will continue to add to his legacy as a Ranger as the years go on and the Rangers look to pick up their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

94. Derek Boogaard, F – 22 GP, 1 G, 1A, 2P

Boogard was not expected to put up points in New York, but he did provide 45 penalty minutes and 177 hits in his 22 games for the Rangers.

95. Vinni Lettieri, F

96. Emerson Etem, F – 19 GP – 0 G, 3 A, 3P 

97. Matt Gilroy, D – 142 GP – 7 G, 19 A, 26 P

98. No Ranger has ever worn #98.

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99 (Retired), Wayne Gretzky

Even if this number wasn’t retired league-wide, no one would ever touch Wayne Gretzky as the best player to wear 99 for the Rangers. Even though it was the end of his career, The Great One still put up 249 points in 234 games with the Blueshirts.

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