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NEW YORK RANGERS CELEBRATE 75 ANNIVERSARY
NYP2000101001- 10 OCTOBER 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Former New York Rangers of the 70's Stanley Cup team Rod Gilbert and Emile Francis (right) at October 10 City Hall ceremonies honoring the N.Y. Rangers 75th anniversary. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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The New York Rangers are an ice hockey team based in New York, New York, United States. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, having joined in 1926 as an expansion franchise, and are part of the group of teams referred to as the Original Six. The Rangers were the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the Stanley Cup, which they have done four times (most recently in 1994).

George Lewis "Tex" Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded an NHL franchise for 1926-27 season to compete with the now-defunct New York Americans, which had begun play at the Garden the previous season. The New York Americans (also known as the "Amerks") proved to be an even greater success than expected during their inaugural season, leading Rickard to pursue a second team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they would be the only hockey team to play there. The new team was quickly nicknamed "Tex's Rangers".

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