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Aurele Joliat (centre, 2nd row) and Frank Boucher (right, 2nd row) led this Ottawa-based team to a championship
Aurele Joliat (centre, 2nd row) and Frank Boucher (right, 2nd row) led this Ottawa-based team to a championship. (Hockey Hall of Fame)
The New York Rangers were but two years old in 1927-28, yet, with a roster that included netminder Lorne Chabot, defensemen Taffy Abel and Ching Johnson, and the superlative Bread Line - Bill Cook, Bun Cook and Frank Boucher. Boucher led the team in both goals and points that season, recording 23 tallies and 35 points.

Through the 44-game regular season, Lester Patrick's Rangers finished with 47 points; four behind the division-leading Boston Bruins.

The Rangers reached the Stanley Cup final, where they faced the powerful Montreal Maroons. Because the circus had been booked into Madison Square Garden at the time of the playoffs, a perennially occurrence in New York for years, all of the games in the final were played at the Montreal Forum, home rink to the Maroons.

The Stanley Cup 1933 New York Rangers engravings
The Stanley Cup 1933 New York Rangers engravings. Frank Boucher scored the Cup winning goal against the Montreal Maroons to lead his team to the 1933 Stanley Cup Championship.


In Game 1, Clint Benedict and the Maroons shut out the Rangers by a 2-0 count. New York rebounded in Game 2, using a Frank Boucher overtime marker at 7:05 of extra time to earn a 2-1 win. This game will long be remembered as the contest in which New York's 44-year-old manager Lester Patrick, convinced by Frank Boucher, pulled on the goaltending gear for the first time ever in order to replace the injured Lorne Chabot and emerged with the win.

Benedict and the Maroons again blanked the Rangers 2-0 in Game 3, but New York responded with a shutout of their own, using substitute netminder Joe Miller's excellence and a Frank Boucher-goal to defeat the Maroons 1-0.

Frank Boucher scored the Cup winning goal against the Montreal Maroons to lead the New York Rangers to the 1933 Stanley Cup Championship
Frank Boucher scored the Cup winning goal against the Montreal Maroons to lead the New York Rangers to the 1933 Stanley Cup Championship.
(Hockey Hall of Fame)



The best-of-five series was knotted at two games apiece going into Game 5 on April 14, 1933. Early in the third period, the game was tied 1-1, but Boucher again supplied the heroics, scoring his second goal of the game at 3:35. Russell Oatman of the Maroons scored shortly afterwards, but referee Mike Rodden disallowed the goal, claiming he had whistled the play dead on an offside call before the goal was scored. The Montreal fans were incensed, but Rodden stood by his decision. By the game's conclusion, Boucher's goal stood as the game-winning goal and, of course, the Stanley Cup-winner.

The Rangers had earned their first Stanley Cup championship in just their second season of existence. Team owner Colonel John Hammond staged a victory celebration at the stately Windsor Hotel in Montreal, and the Rangers were joined by many of the Maroons and their management.

Frank Boucher led all scorers with four goals in the final, three of which were game-winners. Although the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs, wouldn't be introduced until 1965, there would be no argument that had there been such an award in 1928, it would have been awarded to the Rangers' Frank Boucher.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.