Kitchener Rangers

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Kitchener Rangers
Kitchener Rangers logo.svg
City Kitchener, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1963–64
Home arena Kitchener Memorial
Auditorium Complex
Colours Blue, red, white
              
General manager Murray Hiebert
Head coach Troy Smith
Affiliate(s) Kitchener Dutchmen Georgetown Raiders Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Championships 1982 & 2003

Website
www.kitchenerrangers.com
Franchise history
1947–60 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters
1960–63 Guelph Royals
1963–present Kitchener Rangers

The Kitchener Rangers are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League that have called Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, their home since 1963. The Rangers are a publicly owned hockey team, governed by a 40-person Board of Directors made up of season ticket subscribers. The Rangers hosted the 2008 Memorial Cup tournament. They are also one of the most successful CHL teams in terms of NHL alumni with over 140 players including Mike Richards, Dale Hunter, David Clarkson, Steve Mason, Derek Roy, Steve Downie, 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner, 2012 Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog, and Hall of Famers Scott Stevens, Bill Barber, Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson and Al MacInnis.

History[edit]

The roots of the Kitchener Rangers are traced back to the 1947–48 hockey season when the franchise was formed as the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters. In 1960 the "Biltmores" as they were often called became the Guelph Royals. At the end of the 1962–63 season, a local business entrepreneur named Eugene George was approached by the New York Rangers about moving the team to Kitchener in hopes of building a more stable junior environment.

The team moved into the Kitchener Auditorium for the start of the 1963–64 season, which had previously been home to the Kitchener Greenshirts and the Kitchener Canucks. The Rangers were successful promoting the team in the community, drawing high attendance despite a poor first season. By 1968 the Rangers were a first place team that had reached the league finals twice.

Public ownership of the Rangers

When the National Hockey League collectively ended sponsorship of junior teams, the New York Rangers then offered the team to Eugene George for $1.00, a token receipt to assume the financial and overall responsibility of the team from then on. There is no truth to the urban legend that the New York Rangers could re-acquire the team at any time for $1.00.

George, realizing the community importance of the Kitchener Rangers, instead turned the team over to the community; in essence, to its season ticket subscribers. The Rangers became a "publicly" owned team in that each season ticket holder is a Member of the not-for-profit corporation which owns the team and all its assets.

It is often said, incorrectly, that the team is "community owned".

George and colleagues strategically set up a volunteer Directorship, which included key Executives, which still holds true today (elected from among all eligible season ticket subscribers). The Rangers are backboned today by their unique strategy; a 40-person Board of Directors to which 9 Executive positions are elected as key duties including Finances, Policies, Charities, and a Hockey Committee among others.

1966 to 1968

The Rangers struggled their first three season in the OHA, but finished strong in 1966 despite a 7th place 16–23–9 record. The Rangers won the first two playoff rounds to make it to the OHA finals, but lost 4 games to 1, to the Oshawa Generals, featuring a young Bobby Orr. Kitchener finished in 1st place the next season, but fell to the Hamilton Red Wings in the playoffs. In 1968 the Rangers were first again in the OHA, and won their second consecutive Hamilton Spectator Trophy. Kitchener played in the finals again, losing a very close series 4 games to 3 with a tie, to the eventual Memorial Cup Champions Niagara Falls Flyers.

The 1970s

Kitchener struggled through the decade, posting only two winning seasons. In 1973–74, the Rangers finish 1st in the OHA due to the stellar goalkeeping of Don Edwards, with the league lowest goals against average. Kitchener however lost in the semi-finals in the playoffs. Dwight Foster set the Rangers franchise record for points in a highest during the high scoring late 1970s. Foster scored 60 goals and 83 assists totalling 143 points to be the scoring champion.

Memorial Cup 1981[edit]

The Rangers coached by Orval Tessier finished first place in a highly contested Emms division, despite winning only half its games. The team made a remarkable turnaround from its previous dismal season. The 1981 Rangers were led by 16 year old captain Brian Bellows, and also featured Al MacInnis, Mike Eagles and goalie Wendell Young.

Kitchener caught fire in the playoffs eliminating the Niagara Falls Flyers and the Windsor Spitfires in the Emms division playoffs, then eliminated the highly favoured Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the league finals, who finished 27 points ahead of Kitchener.

Tessier returned to the Memorial Cup for the fourth time, after playing for the 1953 Barrie Flyers, and coaching the 1972 Cornwall Royals and 1973 Quebec Remparts. Kitchener faced off against the Victoria Cougars and the defending champions, the Cornwall Royals, in the Memorial Cup played in Windsor, Ontario, and the Windsor Arena.

Kitchener lost the first two games 6–3 to Cornwall, and 7–4 to Victoria. The Rangers then posted consecutive victories, 6–4 over the Royals in which Bellows scored a hat trick, and 4–2 over the Cougars. In the finals versus Cornwall, the Rangers fell 5–2 to the Royals who would win their second consecutive Memorial Cup title. The 1981 playoffs were a breakthrough for Kitchener, who would be one of the best teams in the OHL during the 1980s.

Memorial Cup 1982[edit]

Joe Crozier took over the coaching duties after 1981, and Kitchener picked up on the winning note from the previous season. The Rangers won the Emms division again with a much improved record and many players returning, and also added future NHL players Scott Stevens and Mike Hough.

Kitchener earned a first round bye, then eliminated the Windsor Spitfires and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the second year in a row in the Emms division playoffs. The Rangers then faced off against the Ottawa 67's coached by Brian Kilrea in the finals, winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup 9 points to 1. Kitchener faced the Portland Winter Hawks and the Sherbrooke Castors in the Memorial Cup series played at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, Quebec.

Kitchener received a sobering 10–4 loss in game one at the hands of Sherbrooke. The Rangers played much better in game two, defeating Portland 9–2. Brian Bellows scored 11 seconds into the game, setting a Memorial Cup record. In their third game, the Rangers shut out the Castors 4–0, atoning for the previous lopsided loss in game one. The game was very physical, and included a bench-clearing brawl in the second period. Kitchener seemed to be a bit worn out the next night, losing 4–2 to Portland.

The Rangers and the Castors made it to the finals on a better goals for and against total, after all three teams won and lost two games each in the round-robin. The final game drew 4091 spectators who saw Bellows score a hat trick, leading the Rangers to a 7–4 victory, winning its first Memorial Cup.

1982–83 Rangers

Kitchener finished a strong second place in the Emms division after winning the Cup the year before. Kitchener fell in the third round of the playoffs, in the division finals to their rivals, S.S.Marie Greyhounds 8 points to 2. The strong showing of the Rangers over the last three seasons earned Kitchener the right to host the Memorial Cup in 1984.

Memorial Cup 1984[edit]

Tom Barrett took over coaching duties in 1983. Kitchener posted the best record in the OHL in 1983–84 with 106 points, proving without a doubt they were worthy being chosen to host the Memorial Cup tournament. The Rangers were led by John Tucker as the OHL's most outstanding player, Wayne Presley as the top scoring right winger, and Shawn Burr was the rookie of the year.

Kitchener earned its 3rd straight first round bye, before sweeping the London Knights in the second round. The Rangers avenged last season's loss versus Sault Ste. Marie winning the series 8 points to 6. Kitchener faced the Ottawa 67's in a rematch of the 1982 OHL finals. The Rangers were unable to pull out the victory, losing the series 8 points to 2. The Rangers and 67's would both play in the Memorial Cup, as well as the Kamloops Junior Oilers and the Laval Voisins featuring Mario Lemieux.

Kitchener defeated Laval 8–2 in game one, holding Lemieux scoreless. In game two, Kitchener had an 8–0 lead over Kamloops but narrowly held on to win the game 9–7. Ottawa had also won its first two games. The two teams met in the final game of the round robin, with Kitchener posting a 7–2 victory, to earn a berth in the finals. Ottawa won 7–2 in the semi-finals, then won 7–2 again in a rematch versus Kitchener in the finals.

The late 1980s

The loss marked the end of the Rangers four-year run at success. Kitchener would rebuild for four seasons, before winning the Emms division regular season title in the 1988–89 season, in which Gus Morschauser was the OHL Goaltender of the Year. Kitchener was upset in the first round of the playoffs by the North Bay Centennials.

Memorial Cup 1990[edit]

The 1989–90 Rangers finished second overall in the Emms division, but used their experience to prevail through the playoffs. Kitchener avenged the previous season's loss to North Bay, and earned the second round bye. The Rangers defeated the Niagara Falls Thunder team in the semi-finals, setting up a series against the Leyden division champion Oshawa Generals featuring Eric Lindros in the finals.

Both the Rangers and the Generals were assured a spot in the Memorial Cup as OHL finalists in 1990. The tournament was originally chosen to be hosted by the Dukes of Hamilton at Copps Coliseum before the season started, but when the Dukes finished last overall that season, the OHL chose to send both league finalists instead. The OHL championship series was a very close affair, but Kitchener lost in the seventh game in Oshawa. Kitchener would face off against Oshawa in the 1990 Memorial Cup, and also rematch against their opponents in the 1984 tournament, both of whom had new names, the Kamloops Junior Oilers were now the Kamloops Blazers, and the Laval Voisins were now the Laval Titan.

The 1990 Memorial Cup tournament opened up on May 5, 1990, with Kitchener facing the Kamloops Blazers. The rematch from six years ago was also a very high scoring game with a back-and-forth score in regulation, with Kitchener winning 8–7 in overtime. In their second game, the fourth game of the tournament, Kitchener beat Laval 5–3.

Similar to 1984, both Ontario-based team were undefeated after two games, and faced each other in the last game of the round-robin. The game was played in front of 11,134 fans, lasting 4 hours 15 minutes into double overtime, with Oshawa winning 5–4. Kitchener then played Laval in the semi-finals. It was a very close game throughout, with Kitchener pulling out a 5–4 victory.

The Rangers played the Generals in the finals, with 17, 383 fans in attendance. Much like the first game between the two teams, the championship went into double overtime. Kitchener lost again to Oshawa, 4–3.

The 1990s

The remainder of the decade was lacklustre for Kitchener. The team managed three winning seasons with their best season coming in 1997. Kitchener reached the third round, but lost to a familiar foe in six games to Oshawa. 1997 was also the only season in the 90s when the Rangers won their division. This feat was accomplished during the last game of the season, a 2–2 tie against the Guelph Storm, who could have overtaken the Rangers with a win. Rookie netminder Shawn Degagne had the league's best goals-against average for a freshman that season.

Rangers in the new millennium

The Rangers have had great success at the turnstiles, and are an OHL attendance leader. The team attracted a record 162,000-plus fans in 1999–2000, an average of 4,750 per game. In 2001, Peter DeBoer came over from successful years with the Plymouth Whalers to be the coach and general manager of Kitchener.

Memorial Cup 2003[edit]

In 2002–03 the Rangers were first place overall in the OHL, being the only team with 100 points and winning the Hamilton Spectator Trophy. Kitchener was also one of the top-ranked teams in the country. The team featured seven future NHL players, forwards Mike Richards, Petr Kanko, Gregory Campbell, David Clarkson, captain Derek Roy and defencemen Andre Benoit and Steve Eminger, who had been returned from the NHL's Washington Capitals mid-season.

The Rangers defeated S.S.Marie, Guelph and Plymouth in the western conference playoffs, then beat the Ottawa 67's in 5 games to win its third J. Ross Robertson cup, after waiting 21 years from its last. Derek Roy was named the MVP of the playoffs.

The 2003 Memorial Cup was hosted in the Quebec City at the Colisée de Québec. Kitchener faced off versus the host Quebec Remparts, QMJHL champions Hull Olympiques, and the Kelowna Rockets from the WHL.

Kitchener went through the round-robin undefeated, beating the Remparts 4–3 in game one, the Olympiques 4–1 in game two, and the Rockets 4–2 in game three. On Sunday, May 25, 2003, the Rangers won their second Memorial Cup title, defeating Hull 6–3.

Steve Bienkowski, the Rangers president & governor was the OHL Executive of the Year for the 2002–03 season.

Recent times

Since 2003, the Rangers have been competitive every year. In May 2007 it was announced that the Rangers would host the 2008 Memorial Cup, giving the team an automatic entry into the tournament.

After finishing 1st in the league in the 2007–08 season, the Rangers went on to win the OHL Championship against the Belleville Bulls. Since the Rangers were also the host team, the Bulls competed as the OHL Champions, and the Rangers played as the host team.

Memorial Cup 2008[edit]

In 2007–08 the Rangers were first place overall in the OHL, being the only team with greater than 100 points and winning the Hamilton Spectator Trophy.

The Rangers defeated Plymouth, Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie in the western conference playoffs, then beat the Belleville Bulls in 7 games to win its fourth J. Ross Robertson cup.

The 2008 Memorial Cup was hosted in Kitchener at the Aud. Kitchener faced off against the OHL finalists Belleville Bulls, QMJHL champions Gatineau Olympiques, and the Spokane Chiefs from the WHL.

Kitchener went through the round-robin with a 1 and 2 record, defeating Gatineau 6–5 (OT), losing to Spokane 1–2, and losing to Belleville 3–4 (OT). In the semi-final, Kitchener defeated Belleville 9–0, earning a place to play Spokane for the Memorial Cup. Kitchener lost to Spokane, 4–1, in front of 6,807 fans.

Ben Fanelli incident[edit]

On October 30, 2009, defenceman Ben Fanelli received a check from Erie Otters forward Michael Liambas. As Liambas checked Fanelli into the boards behind the Rangers net, Fanelli's head hit a metal partition in the glass, breaking and knocking off his helmet.[1][2] Fanelli lay unconscious while twitching and foaming at the mouth before being rushed to hospital in critical condition with skull and orbital bone fractures.[1][3] Fanelli was released from Hamilton General Hospital a week later on November 6.[3]

Liambas was suspended for the remainder of the season and the playoffs by OHL commissioner David Branch, who cited the speed and distance to which Liambas skated to deliver the check, as well as the severity of Fanelli's injuries. He commented that the suspension was responding to a "need to take strong steps to ... send out the message to all our players and minor hockey players that we have to be ... more respectful of our opponent."[2] Fanelli returned to the Rangers nearly two years later, recovering from a brain injury to rejoin his old squad in September 2011.[4]

In March, 2011, Fanelli began a charity which he called "Head Strong." It is based on Lance Armstrong's "Livestrong" campaign and raises awareness regarding brain injuries both in and outside of sport. As well, Head Strong looks to raise funds for the Brain Injury Association of Canada. Fanelli began selling t-shirts after the launch of Head Strong. He is also selling bracelets beginning on November 16, 2012.

Championships[edit]

The Kitchener Rangers have appeared in the Memorial Cup tournament six times, winning twice. Kitchener has also won the J. Ross Robertson Cup four times, won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy seven times, and have won seven division titles.

Coaches[edit]

Two Kitchener Rangers coaches have won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year; Tom Barrett in 1983–84, and Joe McDonnell in 1988–89. Joe McDonnell was also voted the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year in the 1988–89 season.

List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses.

Players[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Honoured numbers[edit]

The Rangers do not retire numbers (except for #1 which is dedicated to the fans) but choose to honour numbers instead; hanging banners from the rafters while still having them in use for present players. Honoured numbers include:

NHL alumni[edit]

The Kitchener Rangers have 138 alumni who have played in the National Hockey League. Five alumni have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Bill Barber, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Larry Robinson and Scott Stevens.

1st rounders in NHL Entry Draft[edit]

List of captains[edit]

Last updated September 18, 2013[5]

Current roster[edit]

Updated as of October 2, 2014

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
2 Canada Maaskant, LiamLiam Maaskant (C) D R 20 2014 Clinton, Ontario
8 Canada DiPerna, DylanDylan DiPerna D R 18 2013 Mississauga, Ontario
9 Canada Teskey, ScottScott Teskey RW R 19 2013 Etobicoke, Ontario
10 Canada Schmidt, LoganLogan Schmidt D R 18 2013 Kitchener, Ontario
12 Canada Bzowey, MarkMark Bzowey C R 17 2013 Oakville, Ontario
15 Sweden Franzen, GustafGustaf Franzen C L 18 2014 Valdemarsvik, Sweden
16 Canada Pedersen, BrentBrent Pedersen (A) LW L 19 2011 Arthur, Ontario
17 United States Kohn, MasonMason Kohn C R 17 2013 Davie, Florida
18 United States Blaisdell, DougDoug Blaisdell D L 17 2013 Dearborn, Michigan
19 Canada Robinson, BrandonBrandon Robinson LW L 19 2013 Pickering, Ontario
20 United States Magyar, NickNick Magyar RW R 18 2012 Mentor, Ohio
23 Canada Mascherin, AdamAdam Mascherin C R 16 2014 Maple, Ontario
27 United States Llewellyn, DarbyDarby Llewellyn RW L 18 2012 Ann Arbor, Michigan
29 Canada Carty, DawsonDawson Carty G L 18 2014 Mississauga, Ontario
31 United States Greenfield, MatthewMatthew Greenfield G L 19 2011 Parkland, Florida
34 United States Iafrate, MaxMax Iafrate D R 20 2011 Livonia, Michigan
36 Canada Meighan, CurtisCurtis Meighan (A) C L 20 2010 Ottawa, Ontario
44 United States Hora, FrankFrank Hora D R 18 2012 Cheektowaga, New York
72 United States MacInnis, RyanRyan MacInnis C L 18 2012 St. Louis, Missouri
74 Canada Bunnaman, ConnorConnor Bunnaman C L 16 2014 Guelph, Ontario
81 Russia Sergeev, DmitriiDmitrii Sergeev D L 18 2013 Chelyabinsk, Russia
93 Canada Davies, MikeMike Davies LW L 17 2013 Thorold, Ontario
95 United States Bailey, JustinJustin Bailey (A) RW R 19 2011 Williamsville, New York

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 110 2007–08
Most wins 53 2007–08
Most goals for 418 1983–84
Least goals for 142 1963–64
Least goals against 164 1966–67
Most goals against 425 1979–80
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Wayne Presley 63 1983–84
Most assists Jason Akeson 84 2010–11
Most points Dwight Foster 143 1976–77
Most points, rookie Brian Bellows 116 1980–81
Most points, defenseman Jason Gladney 92 1993–94
Best GAA, goalie Dan Turple 2.25 2005–06
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1963–64 56 9 41 6 24 0.214 142 316 8th OHA
1964–65 56 19 32 5 43 0.384 225 284 6th OHA
1965–66 48 16 23 9 41 0.427 160 183 7th OHA
1966–67 48 28 12 8 64 0.667 213 164 1st OHA
1967–68 54 38 10 6 82 0.759 326 175 1st OHA
1968–69 54 9 40 5 23 0.213 155 310 10th OHA
1969–70 54 22 28 4 48 0.444 210 236 7th OHA
1970–71 62 26 32 4 56 0.452 267 283 6th OHA
1971–72 63 31 24 8 70 0.556 317 259 5th OHA
1972–73 63 16 41 6 38 0.302 244 368 8th OHA
1973–74 70 43 18 9 95 0.679 377 229 1st OHA
1974–75 70 17 47 6 40 0.286 239 351 11th OMJHL
1975–76 66 26 35 5 57 0.432 298 384 4th Emms
1976–77 66 26 32 8 60 0.455 320 380 4th Emms
1977–78 68 26 34 8 60 0.441 270 303 4th Emms
1978–79 68 29 35 4 62 0.456 316 356 4th Emms
1979–80 68 17 51 0 34 0.250 276 425 6th Emms
1980–81 68 34 33 1 69 0.507 321 320 1st Emms
1981–82 68 44 21 3 91 0.669 322 247 1st Emms
1982–83 70 45 23 2 92 0.657 393 292 2nd Emms
1983–84 70 52 16 2 106 0.757 418 276 1st Emms
1984–85 66 27 35 4 58 0.439 282 319 6th Emms
1985–86 66 35 27 4 86 0.561 330 240 3rd Emms
1986–87 66 32 31 3 67 0.508 293 305 4th Emms
1987–88 66 26 39 1 53 0.402 263 329 6th Emms
1988–89 66 41 19 6 88 0.667 318 251 1st Emms
1989–90 66 38 21 7 83 0.629 358 259 2nd Emms
1990–91 66 28 30 8 64 0.485 301 293 5th Emms
1991–92 66 29 30 7 65 0.492 283 282 4th Emms
1992–93 66 26 31 9 61 0.462 280 314 6th Emms
1993–94 66 32 30 4 68 0.515 286 316 6th Emms
1994–95 66 18 42 6 42 0.318 216 296 5th Central
1995–96 66 35 28 3 73 0.553 253 230 2nd Central
1996–97 66 34 22 10 78 0.591 274 235 1st Central
1997–98 66 27 29 10 64 0.485 224 239 3rd Central
1998–99 68 23 39 6 52 0.382 205 257 4th Midwest
1999–2000 68 28 30 6 4 66 0.456 229 256 2nd Midwest
2000–01 68 26 36 6 0 58 0.426 218 247 5th Midwest
2001–02 68 35 22 10 1 81 0.588 257 190 3rd Midwest
2002–03 68 46 14 5 3 100 0.713 275 188 1st Midwest
2003–04 68 34 26 6 2 76 0.544 254 235 3rd Midwest
2004–05 68 35 20 9 4 83 0.581 235 187 3rd Midwest
2005–06 68 47 19 1 1 96 0.706 255 165 2nd Midwest
2006–07 68 47 17 1 3 98 0.721 262 187 2nd Midwest
2007–08 68 53 11 1 3 110 0.809 289 174 1st Midwest
2008–09 68 26 37 3 2 57 0.419 208 254 5th Midwest
2009–10 68 42 19 4 3 91 0.669 286 236 2nd Midwest
2010–11 68 38 21 4 5 85 0.625 256 217 2nd Midwest
2011–12 68 42 24 1 1 86 0.632 253 211 2nd Midwest
2012-13 68 39 20 - 1 8 87 0.640 216 185 3rd Midwest
2013-14 68 22 41 - 2 3 49 0.360 200 280 5th Midwest 2014-15 4 3 1

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1963–64 Out of playoffs.
  • 1964–65 Out of playoffs.
  • 1965–66 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Toronto Marlboros 9 points to 7 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals 8 points to 2 in finals.
  • 1966–67 Defeated St. Catharines Black Hawks 9 points to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Toronto Marlboros 9 points to 5 in semi-finals.
  • 1967–68 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Hamilton Red Wings 8 points to 4 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Niagara Falls Flyers 9 points to 7 in finals.
  • 1968–69 Out of playoffs.
  • 1969–70 Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
  • 1970–71 Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1971–72 Lost to Toronto Marlboros 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1972–73 Lost to London Knights 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1973–74 Defeated Sudbury Wolves 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 8 points to 4 in semi-finals.
  • 1974–75 Out of playoffs.
  • 1975–76 Defeated St. Catharines Blackhawks 6 points to 2 in first round.
    Lost to Hamilton Fincups 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1976–77 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 3 games to 0 in first round.
  • 1977–78 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 6 points to 4 in first round.
    Lost to London Knights 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1978–79 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 6 points to 0 in first round.
    Lost to Niagara Falls Thunder 8 points to 6 in quarter-finals.
  • 1979–80 Out of playoffs.
  • 1980–81 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 9 points to 5 in division semi-finals.
    Defeated Windsor Spitfires 9 points to 1 in division finals.
    Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 9 points to 3 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in second place.
    Lost to Cornwall Royals 5–2 in final game.
  • 1981–82 Earned first round bye. 1st place in Emms division.
    Defeated Windsor Spitfires 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 9 points to 3 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Ottawa 67's 9 points to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in second place.
    Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 7–4 in final game. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 1982–83 Earned first round bye. 2nd place in Emms division.
    Defeated North Bay Centennials 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
  • 1983–84 Earned first round bye. 1st place in OHL.
    Defeated London Knights 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 8 points to 6 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 8 points to 2 in finals.
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in first place.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 7–2 in final game.
  • 1984–85 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 8 points to 0 in first round.
  • 1985–86 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 8 points to 2 in first round.
  • 1986–87 Lost to North Bay Centennials 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1987–88 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in first round.
  • 1988–89 Lost to North Bay Centennials 4 games to 1 in first round.
  • 1989–90 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 1 in first round.
    Earned bye through quarter-finals as top-seeded team remaining.
    Defeated Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in finals.
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in second place.
    Defeated Laval Titan 5–4 in semi-final game.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals 4–3 in double overtime in finals.
  • 1990–91 Lost to Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 2 in first round.
  • 1991–92 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in first round.
    Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1992–93 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 3 in first round.
  • 1993–94 Lost to Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1994–95 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1995–96 Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Detroit Whalers 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
  • 1996–97 Earned bye through division quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in semi-finals.
  • 1997–98 Lost to Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Out of playoffs. (Lost to Windsor Spitfires 2–1 in 8th place tie-breaker.)
  • 1999–2000 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–01 Out of playoffs.
  • 2001–02 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–03 Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 3 in conference finals.
    Defeated Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in first place.
    Defeated Hull Olympiques 6–3 in championship game. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 2003–04 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–05 Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
  • 2005–06 Lost to Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2006–07 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2007–08 Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
    Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 3 in Finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in third place.
    Defeated Belleville Bulls 9–0 in semi-final game.
    Lost to Spokane Chiefs 4–1 in final game.
  • 2008–09 Out of playoffs.
  • 2009–10 Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference finals.
  • 2010–11 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2011–12 Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference finals.
  • 2012–13 Defeated Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2013–14 Out of playoffs.

Uniforms and logos[edit]

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When the Rangers first appeared in Kitchener, their sweater design mimicked their NHL sponsor, the New York Rangers, with the Ranger letters set diagonally across the sweater. The Kitchener Rangers colours have always been blue, red and white.

In 1992 the Rangers incorporated a character into their uniform to boost souvenir sales. The initial design had a Texas Ranger riding a horse. In all the logo went through 3 designs for their regular jerseys involving Tex first displaying Tex riding the horse in a circular logo, then altering the circular logo into a shield and then finally removing the horse. Tex was also featured on the Rangers' third jersey in the late 1990s, with a revised-looking Tex face with a menacing look and prominent grey moustache with a western-style star behind it. The jersey actually prompted a re-model of the tex mascot from a round happy tex, to a new "Tex" with more attitude, that mascot is still in use today, though the jersey was informally retired.

For the 2000–01 OHL season the Rangers reverted to their classic style New York Rangers sweaters. The Rangers wore a third jersey from 2005–07. [1] It displayed horizontal red and blue bars on a white background with the Rangers shield shoulder patches. In 2010, a new third jersey was unveiled. The jersey was influenced by the Rangers' 2008 Commemorative Memorial Cup jersey with the same soldier crest. It has a red background and the Rangers' logo on blue shoulders.

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The Kitchener Rangers playing at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex against the Guelph Storm in 2014.

The Kitchener Rangers play home games at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. The Auditorium was built in 1951 and underwent major renovations in 2002. In 2007/2008 over 500 seats were added to accommodate larger crowds for the 2008 Memorial Cup. Over the 2012 off season the Aud was once again expanded with the addition of close to 1000 seats, as well as an upper concourse, and improvement to team dressing rooms and offices The Complex includes Centennial Stadium for football (demolished spring 2013, due to safety concerns), Jack Couch Park for baseball, the Kiwanis and Kinsmen arenas and the main Auditorium arena know as the Dom Cardillo arena.

  • Capacity = 7,068 seats + 632 standing room = total capacity of 7,700
  • Ice size = 192' x 85'

The Auditorium hosted the Memorial Cup tournament in 1962, 1975, 1984 and 2008. The OHL All-Star Game was played there in 1980 & 1985 as well as the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2003.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Junior hockey player in intensive care". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Severity of injury big factor in OHL ruling". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Injured OHL player released from hospital". Toronto Star. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ Brown, Josh (2011-09-24). "Successful return for Fanelli". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Past Captains". 

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