How Did the New York Rangers Get Their Name?

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Reader Meghan writes, "Why is New York's hockey team called the Rangers?"

I know this one! Back in 2009, Scott Allen looked into the origins of all 30 NHL nicknames. Here's what he learned about the Blueshirts:

In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square Garden. Tex Rickard, the boxing promoter and ex-gold prospector who built and owned the arena, decided he wanted his own NHL team, which he was awarded in 1926. Rickard's team was immediately dubbed "Tex's Rangers" as a pun referencing the paramilitary force founded in Texas during the 1830s. The Americans folded in 1942, while Tex's Rangers remain.

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May 11, 2014 - 11:05pm
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