Mike Richter | 1989-2003 - No. 35 Retired on February 4, 2004
Drafted by the Rangers on June 15, 1985 as their second-round selection, 28th overall, Richter spent his entire NHL career with the Blueshirts, fashioning a place in history as the finest goaltender the franchise has ever known.
In 666 career appearances, he posted a record of 301-258-73, along with a 2.89 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. His 666 appearances are a team record, while his 301 wins rank second and his 24 shutouts are tied for fourth.
A three-time NHL All-Star (1992, 1994, 2000), Richter was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1994 game at Madison Square Garden.
Later that season, he would help provide Rangers fans with their greatest triumph, backstopping the club to the 1994 Stanley Cup championship. During the championship run, he would establish franchise records for most playoff wins in one season (16) and most minutes played in one post-season (1,477). He also tied a team record with four playoff shutouts during that magical spring.
The brilliance of Richter was not confined to the NHL, as he stepped onto the national stage with Team USA. A three-time United States Olympian (1988, 1998, 2002), Richter helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He also led the U.S. to the 1996 World Cup of Hockey championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Richter captured the 2009 Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States.