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New York And New Jersey’s 11 Stanley Cup Champions, Ranked

Rangers, Islanders, Devils Have Had Their Moments, But Which Run Rules?
Members of the 1980 New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), 1994 Rangers (Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images), and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in 2003  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/NHLI).

Members of the 1980 New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), 1994 Rangers (Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images), and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in 2003 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/NHLI).

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By Daniel Friedman
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The Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994. Whether or not they win remains to be seen, but for now, the New York/New Jersey region has celebrated 11 hockey championships.

Where do those Cup-winning Rangers, Islanders and Devils teams rank when compared to each other? Read on and find out.

11. 1927-28 Rangers

The franchise won a Cup in its second year of existence, defeating the Montreal Maroons 3-2. Forty-four-year-old manager and coach Lester Patrick actually wound up playing in goal during Game 2, after Lorne Chabot vacated the net because of an eye injury.

10. 1939-40 Rangers

Exterior view of the old Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1940s. (Photo by Getty Images)

Exterior view of the old Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1940s. (Photo by Getty Images)

After blowing a 2-0 series lead, the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games. They were led by offensive stars Bryan Hextall, Neil Colville and Phil Watson and received nothing short of spectacular goaltending from Dave Kerr. It was the last title for a very, very long time. And thus, the infamous “Nineteen-forty!” chant was born.

9. 1932-33 Rangers

Brothers Bill and Bun Cook were a dynamic duo. Along with star center Frank Boucher, the trio was one of the league’s best and helped the Rangers capture their second NHL championship.

8. 1994-95 Devils

Two New Jersey Devil fans wearing 1995 Stanley Cup leather jackets. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Two New Jersey Devil fans wearing 1995 Stanley Cup leather jackets. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

The Devils won the Cup in a lockout-shortened season, but that shouldn’t take anything away from their accomplishment. The bottom line is, they were a damn good hockey team, led by a damn good goaltender, Martin Brodeur. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

7. 1999-00 Devils

Why were the Devils a damn good hockey team? Because they had three future Hall-of-Famers in Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens, rookie-of-the-year Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias, among others. This lineup was stacked.

6.1979-80 Islanders

The New York Islanders banners honoring the retired jerseys of Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom and Bill Smith at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders banners honoring the retired jerseys of Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom and Bill Smith at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Perennial underachievers at the time, the Islanders finally broke through and clinched their first of four straight Stanley Cups, on an overtime goal by Bob Nystrom. As it turns out, drafting Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Ken Morrow, Billy Smith (expansion draft) and Nystrom is a solid strategy.

5. 2002-03 Devils

This Devils team was stacked; Joe Nieuwendyk, Jamie Langenbrunner and Jeff Friesen were added to the existing core, while a budding Brian Gionta did admirably well in a supporting role.

4.1982-83 Islanders

Swept Gretzky and the Oilers in the Finals despite the fact that, for the first time in a while, they were the underdogs.

3. 1980-81 Islanders

Captured their second Cup in a row and in franchise history. Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 games, a feat that had previously been done by just one player in league history — Maurice “Rocket” Richard.

2. 1993-94 Rangers

Adam Graves (2nd L) poses with former New York Rangers players Mike Richter (L) Brian Leetch (2nd R) and Mark Messier after Graves' jersey was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Adam Graves (2nd L) poses with former New York Rangers players Mike Richter (L) Brian Leetch (2nd R) and Mark Messier after Graves’ jersey was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

This team had everything; offense, defense, goaltending, leadership – you name it, they had it. They had an excellent season and topped it all off with a thrilling playoff run, giving NYC it’s first hockey championship in 54 years.

1. 1981-82 Islanders

Sorry, it's just not.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sorry, it’s just not. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Of the four dynastic years, this was the best one. The Isles dominated the regular season, then swept Vancouver in the Finals. If the Canucks were smart, they’d just avoid playing against New York teams.

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