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Rangers coaches through the years

John Tortorella looks on from the bench in

John Tortorella looks on from the bench in the first period during a game against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. (April 18 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Following John Tortorella's firing on May 29, 2013, the Rangers are now in search of their 34th head coach. A look at each of the Rangers' coaches dating back to 1926.

LESTER PATRICK 1926-1939 Record: 281-206-10 Patrick, the namesake
Photo Credit: Getty Images, 1940

LESTER PATRICK
1926-1939
Record: 281-206-10
Patrick, the namesake of the old Patrick Division, led the Rangers to Stanley Cups in 1928 and 1933. In his first cup run at age 44, Patrick inserted himself as goalie during a game after his starter was injured and no backup was available. |

FRANK BOUCHER 1939-1948, 1953-1954 Record: 181-263-83 Boucher's Rangers
Photo Credit: AP, 1948

FRANK BOUCHER
1939-1948, 1953-1954
Record: 181-263-83
Boucher's Rangers won the 1940 Stanley Cup in his first season as coach, but failed to reach the finals in each of his remaining years. |

LYNN PATRICK 1948-1950 Record: 40-51-16 Lynn Patrick, Lester
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

LYNN PATRICK
1948-1950
Record: 40-51-16
Lynn Patrick, Lester Patrick's son, led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1950, losing to Detroit in seven games. |

NEIL COLVILLE 1950-1951 Record: 26-41-26 |
Photo Credit: New York Rangers

NEIL COLVILLE
1950-1951
Record: 26-41-26 |

BILL COOK 1951-1953 Record: 34-59-24 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1934

BILL COOK
1951-1953
Record: 34-59-24 |

MURRAY
Photo Credit: AP, 1962

MURRAY "MUZZ" PATRICK
1954-55, 1959, 1962
Record: 43-66-27 |

PHIL WATSON (pictured left) 1955-1959 Record: 119-124-52 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1944

PHIL WATSON (pictured left)
1955-1959
Record: 119-124-52 |

ALFRED PIKE 1959-1961 Record: 36-66-21 Alf Pike was
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

ALFRED PIKE
1959-1961
Record: 36-66-21
Alf Pike was a key member of the Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup squad as a rookie, but did not have the same success as coach, failing to make the postseason in two seasons. |

DOUG HARVEY 1961-62 Record: 26-32-12 |
Photo Credit: The Topps Company

DOUG HARVEY
1961-62
Record: 26-32-12 |

GEORGE SULLIVAN 1962-1965 Record: 58-103-35 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1963

GEORGE SULLIVAN
1962-1965
Record: 58-103-35 |

EMILE FRANCIS 1965-68, 1969-73, 1974-75 Record: 342-309-103 Francis
Photo Credit: AP, 1965

EMILE FRANCIS
1965-68, 1969-73, 1974-75
Record: 342-309-103
Francis started as the Rangers general manager in 1964 before taking over the head coaching job in December 1965. He spent most of the next 10 years coaching, briefly giving stints to Bernie Geoffrion in 1968 and Larry Popein in 1973. The Blueshirts' winningest coach had his best season in 1971-72 when he led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 22 years. |

BERNIE GEOFFRION 1968-1969 Record: 22-18-3 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1954

BERNIE GEOFFRION
1968-1969
Record: 22-18-3 |

LARRY POPEIN 1973-74 Record: 18-14-9 |
Photo Credit: The Topps Company

LARRY POPEIN
1973-74
Record: 18-14-9 |

RON STEWART, Right Wing Islanders (1972-1973): 22 games,
Photo Credit: AP, 1971

RON STEWART, Right Wing
Islanders (1972-1973): 22 games, 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS
Rangers (1967-1972): 306 games, 44 G, 37 A, 81 PTS

JOHN FERGUSON 1976-1977 Recrod: 43-59-19 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1963

JOHN FERGUSON
1976-1977
Recrod: 43-59-19 |

JEAN-GUY TALBOT 1977-78 Record: 30-37-13 |
Photo Credit: The Topps Company

JEAN-GUY TALBOT
1977-78
Record: 30-37-13 |

FRED SHERO 1978-1980 Record: 82-74-24 Led team to
Photo Credit: AP, 1978

FRED SHERO
1978-1980
Record: 82-74-24
Led team to Stanley Cup finals but fell to Montreal in five games in 1979. |

CRAIG PATRICK 19080-81, 1985 Record: 37-55-13 Patrick, the
Photo Credit: AP, 2005

CRAIG PATRICK
19080-81, 1985
Record: 37-55-13
Patrick, the Rangers' general manager from 1980-86, took over for Fred Shero, who was fired just 20 games into the 1980-81 season. He later took over for Herb Brooks after his midseason firing in 1984-85. |

HERB BROOKS 1981-1985 Record: 131-113-41 Brooks began his
Photo Credit: AP, 1981

HERB BROOKS
1981-1985
Record: 131-113-41
Brooks began his NHL career with the Rangers after leading U.S. Olympic team to the "Miracle on Ice." Brooks led the team to the playoffs in his first three seasons but was fired after getting off to a 15-22-8 start in 1984-85. |

TED SATOR 1985-1986 Record: 41-48-10 Led the Rangers
Photo Credit: AP, 2001

TED SATOR
1985-1986
Record: 41-48-10
Led the Rangers to the Wales Conference finals in his rookie coaching season but was fired after getting off to a slow start in 1986. |

TOM WEBSTER 1986-1987 Record: 5-9-4 Webster took over
Photo Credit: AP, 1989

TOM WEBSTER
1986-1987
Record: 5-9-4
Webster took over for Ted Sator after he was fired in 1986 after getting the team off to a 5-10-4 start. His tenure was short-lived because of an inner-ear problem that left him unable to travel. |

PHIL ESPOSITO 1987, 1989 Record: 24-21 Esposito, the
Photo Credit: AP, 1974

PHIL ESPOSITO
1987, 1989
Record: 24-21
Esposito, the Rangers' general manager for three seasons, replaced Michael Bergeron after his firing near the end of the 1988-89 season. He also coached the Rangers for 43 games in the 1986-87 season because of Tom Webster's ear problem. |

MICHEL BERGERON 1987-89 Record: 73-67-18 Bergeron's Quebec Nordiques
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

MICHEL BERGERON
1987-89
Record: 73-67-18
Bergeron's Quebec Nordiques made the playoffs in each of his seven years before coming to New York, but he failed to reach the postseason with the Blueshirts. |

ROGER NEILSON 1989-1993 Record: 141-104-35 Led the Rangers
Photo Credit: AP, 1992

ROGER NEILSON
1989-1993
Record: 141-104-35
Led the Rangers to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1990-92 but never advanced past the Patrick Division finals. |

RON SMITH 1993 Record: 15-22-7 Smith joined the
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

RON SMITH
1993
Record: 15-22-7
Smith joined the Rangers for the end of 1993 from their AHL affiliate after the firing of Roger Nielson. |

MIKE KEENAN 1993-1994 Record: 52-24-8 Keenan only spent
Photo Credit: AP, 1993

MIKE KEENAN
1993-1994
Record: 52-24-8
Keenan only spent one season with the Rangers, but he managed to win them their first Stanley Cup since 1940. The controversial coach resigned at the end of the 1994 season over a contract dispute with then-general manager Neil Smith. |

COLIN CAMPBELL 1994-1998 Record: 118-108-43 Led the Rangers
Photo Credit: AP, 1997

COLIN CAMPBELL
1994-1998
Record: 118-108-43
Led the Rangers to three straight playoff appearances following their 1994 Stanley Cup victory. |

JOHN MUCKLER 1998-2000 Record: 70-91-24 |
Photo Credit: AP, 1998

JOHN MUCKLER
1998-2000
Record: 70-91-24 |

RON LOW 2000-2002 Record: 69-86-9 |
Photo Credit: AP, 2002

RON LOW
2000-2002
Record: 69-86-9 |

BRYAN TROTTIER 2002-2003 Record: 21-27-6 |
Photo Credit: AP, 2003

BRYAN TROTTIER
2002-2003
Record: 21-27-6 |

GLEN SATHER 2003-2004 Record: 33-46-11-7 The current Rangers
Photo Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac

GLEN SATHER
2003-2004
Record: 33-46-11-7
The current Rangers president and general manager sent himself to the bench in 2003 after firing the ill-fated former-Isle Trottier.

TOM RENNEY 2004-2009 Record: 164-117 Led the Rangers
Photo Credit: AP, 2009

TOM RENNEY
2004-2009
Record: 164-117
Led the Rangers to the playoffs in three straight seasons from 2005-08. |

JOHN TORTORELLA 2000, 2009-2013 Record: 171-118-29 Tortorella took
Photo Credit: Getty Images

JOHN TORTORELLA
2000, 2009-2013
Record: 171-118-29
Tortorella took over for four games in 2000, but returned to The Garden in 2009 following the firing of Tom Renney. His tumultuous time with the Rangers ended after the team was bounced from the second round by Boston in five games. |

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