Who are the Youngest Players in the NHL

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The National Hockey League is made up of hundreds of players of varying ages. Some, however, are quite a bit younger than the so-called grizzled vets who have played more than a few seasons. Over 200 players are selected in the NHL draft each year, bringing tons of fresh faces to the league. How young, then, are the youngest of the professional hockey bunch? Read on to find out.

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Ottawa Senators left winger Alex Formenton is the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years old. Formenton took the ice for the first time during the 2017-18 season after being selected forty-seventh overall in the draft. Filip Chytil is the second youngest NHL player, also 18 years old. The center was picked in the first round (twenty-first overall) during the 2017 draft by the Broadway Blueshirts (aka the New York Rangers).

No. 3 on the list is Owen Tippett, 18-year-old rookie for this Florida Panthers. Fourth on the list is the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, 19-year-old Nico Hischier, center for the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto is the fifth youngest, followed by Nolan Patrick of the Philadelphia Flyers. Clayton Keller (19 years old) is no. 7 on the list and was selected in the 1st round (seventh overall) of the 2016 draft by the Arizona Coyotes.

No. 8 is Mikhail Sergachev, also 19, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was actually drafted in 2016 by the Canadiens, so he’s not only a non-rookie, but he’ll also be taking the ice for a second season this year. The last of the top 10 players include Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens), and Samuel Girard (Nashville Predators), all age 19.

Youthful All-Stars

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The NHL All-Star game is divided into three 20-minute games and takes star players from each NHL division to make up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. It’s a single-elimination, 3-on-3 tournament, which is relatively new to the league.

For the 2016-17 season, we found the youngest player on each All-Star team. In the Atlantic Division, Dylan Larkin was the youngest player. The Detroit Red Wings center is 21 years old, and expectations for him are quite high in Detroit. In addition to his All-Star selection, Larkin was rookie of the month in November of the 2015-16 season.

In the Central Division, Tyler Seguin was the youngest player on his respective All-Star team. Seguin is a relative oldster when compared to the other youngest players, coming in at age 25. He was drafted second overall in 2010 by the Boston Bruins and now plays for the Dallas Stars.

Brandon Saad, age 24, is the youngest All-Star player for the Metropolitan Division team. He currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, but previously played a couple of seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

From the Pacific Division, 24-year-old Calgary Flames player Johnny Gaudreau was the youngest All-Star select last year. Gaudreau has made the All-Star team for three consecutive seasons and made the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie team.

Youth Movement in the Rink

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Several of the top 10 youngest hockey players in the NHL made their presence known last season, and hope to continue blading their way to glory. In addition to the top 10 youngest overall, we researched each team’s youngest player and found the youth movement in the NHL is strong – not one of the youngest players from each team is older than 23.

Included are players like Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames, 19), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings, 21), Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild last year, now with the new expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Nights, 21), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 20), and Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins, 23).

Hit the Ice

OK, while you may not be ready to take on the pros, if you’re headed to the rink this NHL season, make sure you’ve glanced at Fanatics.com because there are a ton of authentic NHL fan gear that would make any ice hockey fan proud.

Top 10 Youngest Players in the NHL

  1. Alex Formenton (18) Ottawa Senators
  2. Filip Chytil (18) New York Rangers
  3. Nico Hischier (19) New Jersey Devils
  4. Kailer Yamamoto (19) Edmonton Oilers
  5. Nolan Patrick (19) Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Clayton Keller (19) Arizona Coyotes
  7. Mikhail Sergachev (19) Tampa Bay Lightning
  8. Victor Mete (19) Montreal Canadiens
  9. Samuel Girard (19) Nashville Predators
  10. Patrik Laine (19) Winnipeg Jets

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Metropolitan Division

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Metropolitan Modifications

The NHL, partnered with Adidas and Fanatics, have finally revealed the new look for all 31 NHL teams, with changes in design ranging from minor modifications to complete overhauls. Fanatics Branded – the company’s merchandise division – has signed on to be the exclusive manufacturer of all replica adult NHL jerseys.

Read on to learn more about the modifications made to the eight teams competing in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina Hurricanes

 

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The Carolina Hurricanes ushered in a new wave of #Redvolution by debuting a striking red and black jersey design. The team’s iconic circle hurricane logo is situated in the center of the sweater with the classic NHL badge placed at the collar base.

In synchrony with the Canes’ 20th anniversary season, the original warning flag pattern returns on the waistline of the jersey and features another red hue. Black has also been more prominent in the jersey’s design, with the inclusion of black stripes surrounding the existing white stripes on the waistline and sleeves.

Columbus Blue Jackets

 

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Minimal changes are made to the new rendition of the Columbus Blue Jackets jersey. Fans will notice modifications made to the collar – now featuring the NHL logo at the collar base – as well as a new accent along the neckline. The shoulders welcome a new look with a dotted pattern fill.

New York Rangers

 

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The Broadway Blueshirts stick to their moniker with a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. The “Rangers” wordmark slants diagonally down the chest of the jersey in a red font. This iteration of the New York Rangers’ outfit is predominantly blue, but features red and white stripes on the sleeves and waistline.

New York Islanders

 

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Minimal changes were made to the New York Islanders’ home uniforms. If anything, the Isle’s road white jersey embraces change by incorporating a blue ring around the team’s primary logo.

New Jersey Devils

 

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The New Jersey Devils’ brand-new sweater symbolizes the team’s history. The red collar is a nod to the Kansas City Scouts, while the three equal-width red, white, and black sleeve stripes pay tribute to the former Colorado Rockies (both the Scouts and the Rockies were previous teams in the franchise’s history). One notable addition to the jersey is the championship collar – you can find the Devils’ three Stanley Cup championship seasons embedded within the collar.

Pittsburgh Penguins

 

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The reigning Stanley Cup champions receive minor modifications to their jerseys. The Pens ditch the V-neckline and add more yellow to the collar. All in all, the Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys have subtle changes that make bold statements.

Philadelphia Flyers

 

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ new sweater almost identically resembles their classic look used last season, except for some changes to the white striping on the sleeves.

Washington Capitals

 

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Not much has changed over in the nation’s capital. The Washington Capitals’ “Weagle” logo now sits higher on the shoulders. The most notable change comes from modifications to the blue piping and collar. The new threads display a more “boxy” look as the piping adopted a new position on the jersey.

It’s Time to Gear Up

Well there you have it, folks – the brand-new Fanatics Breakaway jerseys showcased for the Metropolitan Division. Excited for next season? Continue the hype surrounding each team’s fresh gear by heading over to Fanatics.com today, and purchase a replica jersey for yourself!

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The New York Rangers History | 4 Stanley Cups

In their 90th NHL season, the New York Rangers are hoping to build off earlier successes and head back to the playoffs in their quest for a fifth Stanley Cup. The Rangers date back to the 1926-27 season. The following season, they won the first Stanley Cup awarded to an American NHL franchise.

While the team – one of the NHL’s Original Six – has reached the Stanley Cup Finals 11 times and brought home the trophy four times, the Rangers have had plenty of playoff appearances over the last nine decades. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best years in team history.

Top of the Crop

This chart shows us how the Rangers’ seasons have lined up over the years. The seasons with a bunch of losses are clustered in the top left, while the better seasons (winning-wise) hang out near the bottom right. In fact, their best season happened just a couple of years ago. The 2014-15 New York Rangers ended with a franchise-best of 53-22-7 but exited the playoffs after losing the NHL conference finals.

The 1993-94 season was their second best winning season when they won 52 games and lost 24. That year’s playoffs turned out great for them as well, as they won the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since they won a trio between 1928 and 1940.

Another two spectacular seasons took place in the ’70s. The 1970-71 season saw the team attain a record of 49-18, where they lost in the NHL semifinals that year. The following season, however, they went 48-17 and got back to the Stanley Cup Final, losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins.

At Season’s End

Out of all their seasons, the “Broadway Blueshirts” failed to make the playoffs 31 times. However, that leaves plenty to talk about regarding their postseason play. They’ve exited out of the playoffs after losing the NHL semifinals 16 times. They’ve bowed out seven times after the quarterfinals, and lost the Stanley Cup Final the same number of times.

They’ve lost the conference semifinals and division semifinals five times each, and have lost the conference finals and division finals four times each in their long history. They failed to advance past the conference quarterfinals three times and were bounced after the first round only once – last season.

When a team is a regular contender, that doesn’t always mean they go all the way and bring the Stanley Cup home. For the Rangers, though, they’ve done it four times, and have advanced to the finals a grand total of 11 times – most recently in the 2013-14 season.

The Top Rangers Coaches

Hall-of-Famer Lester Patrick was a very successful first coach of the New York Rangers. Patrick had a points percentage of 81. As their coach during the team’s first 13 seasons, he led them to two of their four Stanley Cups wins.

Next on the list is Emile Francis. He coached the Rangers from the mid-1960s through 1975 and had a points percentage of 60. He led the team to the finals in 1972 but didn’t secure the series for a win that year.

Frank Boucher, also in the Hall of Fame, coached the team to their third Stanley Cup Finals win. Boucher hailed from Canada. His points percentage during his time with the Rangers was 46. He was also on the team as a player when they won their first two Stanley Cups.

Wrapping Up

The Rangers got off to a bang out of the gate, as they won their first Stanley Cup Final at the close of their second season. They remained in contention for decades (with a few dry spells in between), and most recently went to the Stanley Cup Final just a few years ago. They’ve been under the tutelage of legendary Hall-of-Fame coaches and hope to get back to the postseason yet again as this season winds to a close.

No matter if you’ve been a Rangers fan for decades or you’re a newer fan who’s excited about their recent success, be sure to check out the wide array of Rangers gear at Fanatics.com. You won’t be disappointed.

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis

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Trades and trade rumors were exciting in the final hours and minutes before the NHL trade deadline came and went. Once the clock hit 12 a.m. on March 2, 2017, team rosters were frozen – no more moves could be made. Some franchises were able to upgrade, while others … not so much.

Is your team fielding a better lineup now than they did in December or January? How were these trades graded, and did your team’s general manager come out looking like the star pupil or class clown? We took a look at some of the biggest trades that occurred right up until the NHL trade deadline window closed to see which teams came out looking the best.

Power Plays

Here are the biggest deals, broken down by days, that occurred before the NHL trade deadline expired.

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Sunday, February 26

The Los Angeles Kings trade G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick, and a conditional pick in the 2017 Draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for G Ben Bishop and fifth-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to LA Ben.

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Ben Bishop may not have been a Lighting player at the end of the season, so the team’s general manager Steve Yzerman found a way to get some value for the established goalkeeper. However, the quality of this trade depends on how the conditional pick pans out, as it may be tied to how deep into the playoffs the Kings go. The Kings gave up a lot for Bishop, especially since one of their goalies, Jonathan Quick, returned from injury in fine form. It’s an expensive insurance policy.

The Arizona Coyotes trade F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing, a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, a second-round pick in 2018, and a conditional pick in 2019.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher wants to win the Western Conference, and this move brings his organization closer to doing that. While he had to use draft picks as collateral, he also helped the Wild keep prospects such as Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, and Joel Eriksson Ek. The Coyotes and general manager John Chayka, however, managed to get a high return for a player who could be on a different team next season. Both the Coyotes and Wild earned high marks for their trade deadline execution, each received an A- from SBNation.

Monday, February 27

The St. Louis Blues trade D Kevin Shattenkirk and G Pheonix Copley to the Washington Capitals for F Brad Malone, F Zach Sanford, a 2017 Draft first-round pick, and conditional draft picks.

👋 @shattdeuces! Kevin meets the media. #RockTheRed

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How do you set up your team as Stanley Cup favorites? If you’re Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan, you go out and upgrade in an area where you’re already dominant. Adding Shattenkirk to his team’s defense, even if it is just until the end of the season, helps to strengthen their power plays. On the other side of the puck, the Blues were in a no-win scenario. Last year, they let David Backes and Troy Brouwer leave as free agents without capitalizing. The Blues didn’t make the same mistake this time, but they’ll need the Capitals to advance deep into the playoffs for those conditional picks to come good.

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs want an extended trial of Brian Boyle before he hits free agency at the end of the season? Perhaps! Their cupboard was stocked with second-round picks, so they didn’t give up too much to see if Boyle fits in well with the Leafs. Meanwhile, the Lighting may end up with 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, giving them extended flexibility as they look to negotiate trades or acquire new talent after the season ends.

Tuesday, February 28

The Detroit Red Wings trade D Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers for a 2017 Draft third-round pick and a 2018 Draft second-round pick.

#NYR Brendan Smith set for his first game @thegarden as a #NYR!

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Most analysts were not a fan of the Rangers’ decision to sell off tomorrow for Brendan Smith, who is a strong defender but not on the level of a player like Shattenkirk, who went to the Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers earned C+ grades from CBS Sports and SBNation for this trade, both being very critical of how much they gave away to acquire the “more-than-viable fill-in” Smith. Meanwhile, Detroit earned A grades for a team that typically is buying, not selling, before the deadline.

Wednesday, March 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick, and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Mark Streit; the Tampa Bay Lightning trade D Mark Streit to Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2018 Draft fourth-round pick.

A busy #NHLTrade Deadline for Mark Streit, who ends the day as a member of the @penguins.

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This three-team trade may end up getting counted as a win for each of the three teams involved, even if the Tampa Bay Lightning just worked their magic as a middleman. While the Lightning did manage to add to their draft pick total and free up some cap space, the other two teams found ways to add players in positions of need. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for Streit to provide quality help on defense while the Flyers, in Filppula, get a playmaking center who still has a year remaining on his existing contract. If he doesn’t pan out, the Flyers would be able to ship him off next season without too much lost.

The Detroit Red Wings trade F Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for D Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to the squad, Thomas Vanek! 👊

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As a team looking to push for a wild-card spot, the Florida Panthers needed to do something. What they did was add Thomas Vanek to their side, in the hopes he can add the same attacking threat he provided the Detroit Red Wings. Vanek has scored 15 goals for Detroit this season, which is more impressive when you consider he missed nearly a month of games due to injury. The Red Wings continue to stockpile assets they can either use in the draft or include in trades after the end of the current season.

Face Off

Your team may have been one of the many teams wheeling and dealing before the close of the NHL trade deadline. Did they give up more than you thought they should? Do you believe they did enough to make a legitimate push into the Stanley Cup Finals this year? Or are they already scheming for what happens at the end of the season? No matter how your team ended up, make sure you sport their colors at the game or out-and-about by getting the best officially licensed NHL team merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

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The Evolution of the New York Rangers Jersey

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The beloved New York Rangers came together in 1926 when “Tex” Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, decided that one New York hockey team just wasn’t enough. The Rangers were an expansion team in addition to the New York Americans at the time. The Americans played at Madison Square Garden but weren’t owned by the facility. To form a team that could compete with the Americans, Rickard asked Conn Smythe, a hockey guru, to leave the University of Toronto to gather the best hockey players he could find in North America.

The Rangers’ name came about when the media heard that Smythe was gathering together an army of great hockey players. The media dubbed the team “Tex’s Rangers,” and the name stuck. After all the hard work putting together a team, Smythe left before the season could even start due to several disagreements with Garden management.  However, that didn’t stop Rickard from getting his team ready for the 1926-1927 season.

The early success of the team was partly due to Smythe’s work but was more so a product of Lester Patrick, the new coach for the New York Rangers. No other team had won a Stanley Cup title in its first two seasons. Not only did the Rangers win the Stanley Cup during their second season, but they also made it to the finals four times in their first seven years. The Rangers have made it to the finals 11 times, and they own four Stanley Cup trophies from 1928, 1933, 1940, and 1994.

Historical Players

Brian Leetch played for 18 NHL seasons and was with the Rangers from 1987 to 2003. The Rangers drafted Leetch ninth overall, who was considered the league’s best rookie after putting up 23 goals and 48 assists his rookie season. Over the course of his career, Leetch was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Lester Patrick Trophy, and the James Norris Memorial Trophy twice. As one of only 10 American ice hockey men’s players, Leetch competed in the Winter Olympic Winter Games three times.  

One of the all-time leading NHL scorers was Rangers’ Mark Messier. Messier was nicknamed “the Moose” for his size and determination and was added to the Rangers’ roster when he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers before to the 1991-1992 season. Leading the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup in 1994, Messier is the only captain in NHL history to lead two different organizations to a Stanley Cup win.

Rod Gilbert, No. 7, was the first Rangers player to have his jersey retired. After a lengthy career (1962–1978), Gilbert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. During his career, the right winger was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy as well as the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his persistence.

Notable Jersey Changes

 

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1928: The Rangers win their first Stanley Cup title this year in their dominant blue jerseys. Tex Rickard, the owner, makes sure that the Rangers stand apart from the Americans by placing the word “Rangers” diagonally across their jerseys, unlike the Americans who have their name horizontally on their jerseys.

1942: The team keeps the same concept as the 1928 style. However, the uniforms start to look more like jerseys rather than sweaters. 

1946: This year, the Rangers go with a different placement of their name. Instead of having the name diagonal on the jersey, “Rangers” is now placed in a semi-circle above the players’ numbers.

1959: The jersey is changed to a lace-up jersey, and the name is back to its original placement. With the name now back to being diagonal, the players’ numbers are moved to both arms.

1972: Blue changes to white on the jersey. The team continues with the lace-up design but adds a large blue stripe to the shoulder with two white stripes and one red stripe featured on either side. The numbers are kept on both arms.

1977: Again, the placement of the name is changed on the front of the jersey. The Rangers add a crest on the front with “New York” on top and “Rangers” diagonally across. The jerseys drift away from the lace-up concept, and blue is added to the top of the arms and shoulders with a red strip breaking up the white and blue coloring.

1994: The Rangers keep changing the name placement on the jerseys, but always go back to the original diagonal look. Instead of having blue on the entire sleeve, the blue is moved to the bottom of the sleeve – leaving the jersey predominantly white.

2008: Back to the blue! The Rangers switch up the jerseys by replacing the white with blue, leaving the name diagonally across the jerseys.

Do you want to join in on the Broadway Blueshirts’ history? Head over to Fanatics.com to pick up a Rangers jersey of your own!

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Mapping NHL Teams: Metropolitan Division

 

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Like other professional sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) includes conferences and divisions. Its most recent shakeup, however, was not too long ago. Before the first puck hit the ice for the 2013-14 season, teams were shuffled around and came to rest in divisions that made the most sense geographically. The Columbus Blue Jackets, now in the Eastern Conference in the Metropolitan Division, were affected by this change; they spent the first years of their young franchise in the Western Conference.

The rest of the Metropolitan Division consists of the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. The most recent Stanley Cup winner of the bunch, the Penguins, just happened to win it all in the 2015-2016 season. Let’s consider the teams’ rosters to see who hails from where as well as which countries, provinces, and states produced some of the world’s best hockey players.

The Big Three and Beyond

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As with many NHL teams, Canada is the origin of nearly half of the players that hit the ice for the Metropolitan Division. Out of 192 total players, 86 come from Canada. Another large chunk (over 27 percent) of players come from the U.S. Other countries represented in this NHL division are Sweden with just under 9 percent, Russia with a bit over 5 percent, the Czech Republic with over 4 percent, and Finland with five players, making up almost 3 percent.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending champs, have a couple notable Canadians on their roster. Sidney Crosby hails from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and Matt Murray comes from Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition to last season’s win, the Penguins have brought home the Stanley Cup three other times since becoming a franchise in 1967.

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals feature Swedish players in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2005-06, but they haven’t enjoyed much success in recent years – they’ve only made the playoffs once since their Cup win. And the Capitals have had quite a bit of postseason appearances (26 times in 42 seasons), but they’ve yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Divisions, by States and Provinces

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Breaking down the division’s rosters even further, we can see which Canadian provinces and U.S. states grew professional hockey players. Ontario, Canada, owns the biggest piece of the Metropolitan Division pie, offering up 48 players. Saskatchewan is the home of 10 players, followed by Alberta (seven players), and Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba, which can each claim six home-province players.

South of the Canadian border, the U.S. states represented in this division tend to be mostly northern (Minnesota tops the list with 11 players). Other northern states are Massachusetts (nine players), New York (eight players), Michigan (five players), and Connecticut (three players). There are several other states, though, that contributed to the Metropolitan Division, including Illinois and California (two each); a slew contributed one, including Texas, Florida, and Indiana.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a couple notable chaps from the U.S. on their team, including Nick Foligno who hails from Buffalo, N.Y., and Seth Jones, the Arlington, Texas native. Until Las Vegas makes its team debut next season, the Blue Jackets remain one of the league’s newest teams and have only made the playoffs twice over their 16 seasons.

The Philadelphia Flyers have players from many different areas, but Claude Giroux, who comes from Hearst, Ontario, and Shayne Gostisbehere, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., are a couple prominent players. The Flyers have been a successful team over the last 49 years, having reached the postseason 38 times. They have also won the Stanley Cup twice.

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When you compare the teams with one another, it becomes evident that the New York Islanders have the most Canadians on their team, including John Tavares from Mississauga, Ontario, and Johnny Boychuk, from Edmonton, Alberta. The Islanders had an extremely successful spell a few decades ago when they won the Stanley Cup four times in a row from 1980 to 1983.

On the other side, the New Jersey Devils have the most Americans. The team enjoyed a spate of Stanley Cup success, bringing it home in 1995, 2000, and 2003. The New York Rangers have more Americans than Canadians (the only team in the Metropolitan Division with this stat). The Rangers are an Original Six team that has won the Stanley Cup four times (the last win was in 1994).

The Wide World of the NHL

The Metropolitan Division hosts a ton of players who come from around the globe. From Canada and the U.S. to Sweden, the Czech Republic, and beyond, they’ve all come together to pound the ice for their team.

If you’re headed out to the arena to cheer on your No. 1 NHL team, don’t forget to stock up on gear from Fanatics.com.

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Highlighting Madison Square Garden

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Since the 1800s, Madison Square Garden has hosted circuses, political conventions, dog shows, professional sports drafts, boxing matches, concerts, and a ton of basketball and hockey games. Its impressive list of tenants and visitors has made the arena a beloved fixture in New York City. And as with many sports venues, it boasts an amazing home-court advantage for local teams.

Quantifying Home Advantage

Hometown advantage. Win percentage of the Knicks and Rangers at Madison Square Garden

Home advantage (whether you’re talking about home court or home ice) is an easy thing to sum up and quantify. In the case of Madison Square Garden and two of its well-known tenants, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, the advantage is worth noting. The Knicks show a 60.31 win percent playing at home in the Garden, which is 10.76 percentage points better than their career winning percentage. In fact, if they played every game at home during the course of a season, they’d notch 50 wins (or an equivalent, if the season happens to be shorter than 82 games) every year – something they’ve only accomplished 13 times over the course of their 70-season history.

Likewise, the Rangers also have an at-home win percentage greater than their overall win value – 49.30 percent. It’s a rate that’s 11.60 percentage points greater than their career winning percent. This translates to a 40-win season if all games are played at home during the course of a full season, which is a feat they’ve managed to achieve 15 times since 1968.

The Difference Is in the Differential

Scoring at home. Average score of the Knicks, Rangers, and their opponents at Madison Square Garden.

Home advantage often works in the team’s favor no matter if they win or lose, which can show in the point differential when comparing losing efforts with winning outings. During home games of the New York Knicks, for example, their point differential average is around 1.75 points greater in winning decisions when compared with their average differential in losing games.

The Rangers also notably have a higher point average overall than their opponents do during games at the Garden, no matter if they win or lose. In winning efforts, they enjoy a greater point differential than during losing efforts, which also reflects a home-ice advantage – 2.56 average point differential in winning contests, compared to -2.21 in losing matches.

All About the Garden

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Madison Square Garden, also affectionately known as “The Mecca of Basketball,” “MSG,” “The Garden,” and “The World’s Most Famous Arena” is located in the Manhattan borough of New York City at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. With a capacity of 19,830 for basketball, and 18,024 for hockey (the discrepancy due to court and rink sizes), it’s a premiere destination for sports fans, and an obvious haunt for fans of the home teams.  If you’re going, forget driving – Madison Square Garden does not provide parking, although area parking garages do participate in prepaid parking voucher programs.

The arena is conveniently located directly above Penn Station, making it easy to access via public transit – Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and PATH provide access to the venue by train. The subway lines 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E run to 34th Street-Penn Station. The B, N, F, V, N, R, Q, and W lines to 34th Street-Herald Square station (and a walk one block west) provide access as well.

MSG was originally built as the New York and Harlem Railroad depot before being converted into P.T. Barnum’s Hippodrome. This first incarnation hosted the first Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 1877. The property was then purchased by William Vanderbilt in 1879 and renamed Madison Square Garden.

New Yorkers enjoyed checking out presidential rallies, elephant shows, boxing exhibitions, and cycling competitions in this space before Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan bought the building, demolished it, and rebuilt it on the same site in 1890.

In 1925, the Garden was again demolished and replaced by the New York Life building, and a new Garden was opened at 8th Avenue and West 50th Street. Eventually, this location fell out of favor and was closed (and once again, torn down) in 1967. A new structure, the current Garden, was then built above Penn Station.

Today, the world-renowned arena not only hosts the Knicks and the Rangers, but the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the Big East tournament, and the NIT finals. MSG has also played host to major presidential speeches and political conventions. It has hosted both NFL and NBA drafts as well.

Looking Forward

The long, colorful history of Madison Square Garden has a treasured place in the hearts of New Yorkers as well as people everywhere. The unquestionable home-court advantage also makes this a favorite of the local sports teams. But if you want to see if for yourself, you’ll need to check it out within the next seven years – its status is currently threatened by Penn Station renovations, and will be rebuilt in a new location for a fifth time by 2023.

Before heading out to MSG, get your Knicks and Rangers gear. Good news – Fanatics carries all your faves, from jerseys to hats to gear for your kids.

Methodology

Home games are determined after pulling data from Pro Sports Reference and removing records of any games at another venue.

For the New York Knicks, home-win percentage is total wins divided by the sum of total wins and total losses. For the New York Rangers, home-win percentage is wins divided by the sum or wins, losses, and ties.

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