When I saw the New York Ranger’s logo in the Winter Classic 2012 patch, I wondered if this is the official NHL version, someone got it wrong.
In their franchise history, dating back to 1926-27, the Rangers have had six official logos. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at those logos and see how they’ve changed to what is used today.
When the Rangers became one of the six original teams of the National Hockey League in 1926, they designed this logo (all Rangers logos courtesy of Chris Creamer’s sportslogos.net).
During this period, the Rangers were Stanley Cup Champions twice, in 1928 and 1933.
In 1935 the design went through some revisions and was the primary logo until 1947. The Rangers were Stanley Cup Champions in 1940.
The Rangers added a blue border to their logo that graced their uniform from 1947 until 1953. No championships were won while this logo was worn.
Follow me after the jump to see the further evolution of the NY Ranger’s logo.
The logo was further tweaked in 1953 with the lettering becoming larger and the removal of the blue border.The Stanley Cup championship drought continued while this logo was on the uniform.
The team removed a bit of white space and tightened the font of the team name in their uniform logo worn from 1968 to 1978. Again, no championships.
Finally, since the 1978-79 season, The New York Rangers have worn the logo you see here. To date, they’ve won one Stanley Cup in 1994.
During the mid-90′s the alternative jersey and logo became part of the scene in the National Hockey League. The Rangers have two alternative logos that they have worn since 1996.