The New York Rangers are a New York City-based professional ice hockey team. The franchise was established in 1926 and did not change this name throughout its history. The founder of the group was George Lewis Rickard, the owner of Madison Square Garden. George Lewis Rickard (nicknamed “Tex”) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but he spent his green years in Texas, where his parents had moved when he was a child. New Yorkers owe Rickard not only the Rangers but also their arena.
The U.S. economic boom of the 1920s led to the rapid growth of constructing offices, factories, and homes. Since old Madison Square Garden had not much financial success, the New York Insurance Company decided to tear it down to make way for a new headquarters building. Rickard, a successful boxing promoter, managed to organize a syndicate to build a new arena with the old name.
Initially, the arena was home for the New York Americans, or the Amerks, the first professional ice hockey team in New York City. Rickard wanted to take a closer look at the new game and decide whether to invest his capital in this business or not. The Amerks proved to be greater than expected, so Rickard decided to invest in his team instead of promoting the New York Americans. In 1926, the National Hockey League granted a new franchise to George Rickard. Soon the Amerks were eclipsed by the New York Rangers, which have long captured the hearts and minds of Manhattan’s inhabitants.
Rickard did not have painful doubts about team uniforms. As a true Texan, he knew that there couldn’t be much patriotism in a megalopolis like the Big Apple, so the team color scheme includes blue, white, and red, in other words, the colors of the American flag. As for the team’s name, journalists called it Tex’s Rangers. Tex’s Rangers sound the same as Texas Rangers. Texas Rangers Division is a U.S. law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas. Of course, the original name had nothing to do with New York, but the pun was pretty funny.
The Rangers made their debut in 1926, wearing blue jerseys with white and red stripes and white-scripted “RANGERS” wordmark in diagonal. Their classic sweater has been in use since the franchise’s foundation, with several alterations. The Rangers were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. In the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, the New York Rangers managed to defeat the Montreal Maroons 3-2.
The Rangers shield logo has been the same all these years, with slight alterations to the design itself.
Meaning and History
The New York Rangers are among the oldest professional hockey teams, fortunate to have the aura that comes along with being an Original Six franchise. However, their logo has been remarkably consistent throughout its more than 90-year history. The color scheme has remained the same since the team’s inaugural season. It still comprises blue, red, and white.
1927 – 1935
The first owner of the club was George Lewis Rickard, known as a boxing promoter and president of Madison Square Garden. The designer made the New York Rangers logo very similar to the emblem of their rivals, the New York Americans. It had a shield shape and featured red, blue, and white colors. The “New York” wordmark was placed over a horizontal blue stripe on top of the shield. The team’s name “Rangers” could be seen on a diagonal stripe. The logo had a red triangular at the top left corner and a white field at the bottom right corner.
1936 – 1947
In 1936, the team updated the color scheme making both the shade of red and blue a bit darker and nobler. The “Rangers” wordmark was scripted in red instead of white. The logo was trimmed with an outer white border. Otherwise, this logo was identical to their first one.
1947 – 1952
The 1948 redesign was a more profound one. Not only the shades were modified, by the shield itself acquired a different shape – its structure was based on a rectangular now. The New York Rangers logo was outlined with an outer blue border.
1953 – 1967
In 1954, the New York Rangers logo got even closer to the rectangular structure. In contrast with the previous version, the rectangular was positioned horizontally. The outer blue frame became thinner and bolder. But there were no significant alterations to the design.
1968 – 1970
From 196-1978, the logo’s wordmarks had a thinner font to them, the white space in the outer border was reduced, and the overall shield looked slightly narrower, but those were the only differences. The team’s name “New York Rangers” was scripted in white and remained in the same positions.
1971 – 1977
In 1971, the New York Rangers logo was updated again. Here they reduce the font height in words New York and Rangers. The color scheme remains the same. The rim of the red triangle is changed to white lines.
1978 – 1998
For thirty years, the Rangers logo has not changed. The alterations of the 1978 design were not significant. The color scheme was changed to lighter shades of red and softer blue. The shield and wordmarks have remained untouched.
1999 – present
The New York Rangers emblem was updated slightly in 1999. Changes have occurred in the color scheme of the logo. The blue and red colors that are present on the logo have become more saturated. The rest of the changes did not happen.