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|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Kitchener Memorial
|Colours||Blue, red, white
|General manager||Murray Hiebert|
|Head coach||Jay McKee|
|Affiliate(s)||Kitchener Dutchmen Georgetown Raiders|
|Championships||1982 & 2003|
|1947–1960||Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters|
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.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Public ownership of the Rangers
- 1.2 1966 to 1968
- 1.3 The 1970s
- 1.4 Memorial Cup 1981
- 1.5 Memorial Cup 1982
- 1.6 1982–83 Rangers
- 1.7 Memorial Cup 1984
- 1.8 The late 1980s
- 1.9 Memorial Cup 1990
- 1.10 The 1990s
- 1.11 Rangers in the new millennium
- 1.12 Memorial Cup 2003
- 1.13 Recent times
- 1.14 Memorial Cup 2008
- 2 Championships
- 3 Coaches
- 4 Players
- 5 Team records
- 6 Yearly results
- 7 Uniforms and logos
- 8 Arena
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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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. Fanelli lay unconscious while twitching and foaming at the mouth before being rushed to hospital in critical condition with skull and orbital bone fractures. Liambas was in tears on the ice reportedly after the incident and attempted to visit Fanelli in hospital, but was denied access. Fanelli was released from Hamilton General Hospital a week later on November 6.
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." Otters general manager Sherwood Bassin was quick to come to Liambas' defense following the suspension, expressing surprise at the severity of the penalty from Branch. Bassin asserted that Liambas was not simply a "goofball kid", citing his 95 percent average in high school, as well as volunteer work in initiating a stay-in-school program for kids and at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie. Liambas expressed regret during the hearing for his hit and commented that he did not know if he could deliver bodychecks anymore as a hockey player.
Fanelli returned to the Rangers nearly two years later, recovering from a brain injury to rejoin his old squad in September 2011.
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.
In May, 2015, Fanelli had a tryout to become an OHL referee. The OHL confirmed in June, 2015, that Fanelli had quit officiating to pursue other opportunities.
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.
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.
- 1967–68 Walt Tkaczuk – Red Tilson Trophy, (Most Outstanding Player)
- 1973–74 Don Edwards – Dave Pinkney Trophy, (Lowest team GAA)
- 1976–77 Dwight Foster – Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, (Scoring Champion)
- 1982–83 Al MacInnis – Max Kaminsky Trophy, (Most Outstanding Defenceman)
- 1983–84 John Tucker – Red Tilson Trophy, (Most Outstanding Player)
- 1983–84 Wayne Presley – Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy, (Top Scoring Right Winger)
- 1983–84 Shawn Burr – Emms Family Award, (Rookie of the Year)
- 1986–87 Ron Goodall – Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy, (Top Scoring Right Winger)
- 1988–89 Gus Morschauser – OHL Goaltender of the Year
- 1990–91 Mike Torchia – OHL Goaltender of the Year
- 1990–91 Joey St. Aubin – Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy, (Overage Player of the Year)
- 1992–93 Tim Spitzig – Bobby Smith Trophy, (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 1995–96 Boyd Devereaux – Bobby Smith Trophy, (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 1996–97 Shawn Degagne – F. W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy, (Best rookie GAA)
- 1999–2000 Derek Roy – Emms Family Award, (Rookie of the Year)
- 2002–03 Derek Roy – Wayne Gretzky 99 Award, (Playoffs MVP)
- 2002–03 Steve Bienkowski – OHL Executive of the Year, (Top Executive in OHL)
- 2003–04 Andre Benoit – William Hanley Trophy, (Most Sportsmanlike Player)
- 2004–05 Andre Benoit – Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy, (Best Overage Player)
- 2007–08 Nick Spaling – William Hanley Trophy, (Most Sportsmanlike Player)
- 2007–08 Justin Azevedo – Red Tilson Trophy, (Most Outstanding Player)
- 2007–08 Justin Azevedo – Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, (Scoring Champion)
- 2007–08 Josh Unice – F. W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy, (Best rookie GAA)
- 2010–11 Jason Akeson – Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, (Scoring Champion)
- 2010–11 Jason Akeson – Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy, (Top Scoring Right Winger)
- 2010–11 Jason Akeson – Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy, (Best Overage Player)
- 2010–11 Jason Akeson – William Hanley Trophy, (Most Sportsmanlike Player)
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:
The Rangers have 145 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.
- Russ Adam
- Chris Ahrens
- Jason Akeson
- Claire Alexander
- John Baby
- Justin Bailey
- Reid Bailey
- Peter Bakovic
- Terry Ball
- Bill Barber
- Brian Bellows
- Andre Benoit
- Mikkel Boedker
- Dennis Bonvie
- Robert Bortuzzo
- Rick Bourbonnais
- David Bruce
- Garrett Burnett
- Shawn Burr
- Jerry Byers
- Gregory Campbell
- Larry Carroll
- Tom Cassidy
- Rick Chartraw
- David Clarkson
- Paul Coffey
- Bob Cook
- Frank Corrado
- Lou Crawford
- Dave Cressman
- Ab DeMarco
- Boyd Devereaux
- Gilbert Dionne
- Jamie Doornbosch
- Rob Dopson
- Steve Downie
- Denis Dupere
- Mike Eagles
- Tim Ecclestone
- Don Edwards
- Jack Egers
- Steve Eminger
- Paul Evans
- Trevor Fahey
- Radek Faksa
- Sandy Fitzpatrick
- Dwight Foster
- Jody Gage
- John Gibson
- Gaston Gingras
- David Haas
- Matt Halischuk
- Kevin Henderson
- Paul Higgins
- Dan Hinton
- Paul Hoganson
- Mike Hough
- Dale Hunter
- Larry Huras
- Bob Hurlburt
- Robbie Irons
- Bob Jones
- Jim Jones
- Nazem Kadri
- Petr Kanko
- Gord Kannegiesser
- Sheldon Kannegiesser
- Jakub Kindl
- Jim Krulicki
- Gary Kurt
- Nick Kypreos
- Gabriel Landeskog
- Jeff Larmer
- Matt Lashoff
- David Latta
- Don Laurence
- Ray LeBlanc
- Randy Legge
- Henri Lehvonen
- Josh Leivo
- Chris LiPuma
- Don Luce
- Charlie Luksa
- Brett MacDonald
- Al MacInnis
- Dave Maloney
- Don Maloney
- Eric Manlow
- Grant Martin
- Steve Mason
- Dennis McCord
- Darwin McCutcheon
- Joe McDonnell
- Dave McLlwain
- Sean McMorrow
- Julian Melchiori
- Max Middendorf
- Tom Miller
- Mike Moher
- John Moore
- Jason Morgan
- Jeremy Morin
- Ryan Murphy
- Jim Nahrgang
- Cam Newton
- Claude Noel
- Joe Noris
- Gerry O'Flaherty
- Victor Oreskovich
- Bob Parent
- Jim Pavese
- Serge Payer
- Kent Paynter
- Andrew Peters
- Walt Poddubny
- Wayne Presley
- Shane Prince
- Matt Puempel
- Jake Rathwell
- Paul Reinhart
- Steven Rice
- Mike Richards
- Glen Richardson
- Doug Risebrough
- Larry Robinson
- Mike Robitaille
- Allan Rourke
- Derek Roy
- Darren Rumble
- Warren Rychel
- Gary Sabourin
- Jim Sandlak
- Ron Sedlbauer
- Dan Seguin
- Sean Shanahan
- David Shaw
- Doug Shedden
- Jeff Skinner
- Nick Spaling
- Mike Stevens
- Scott Stevens
- Shayne Stevenson
- Bill Stewart
- Peter Sturgeon
- Doug Sulliman
- Walt Tkaczuk
- Kirk Tomlinson
- Mike Torchia
- John Tucker
- Boris Valabik
- Philip Varone
- Todd Warriner
- Yannick Weber
- Rob Whistle
- Tony White
- Bob Whitlock
- Brian Wilks
- Craig Wolanin
- Bennett Wolf
- Jason York
- Wendell Young
1st rounders in NHL Entry Draft
- Bill Barber 1972 7th overall by Philadelphia
- Al Blanchard 1972 10th overall by the New York Rangers
- Jerry Byers 1972 12th overall by Minnesota
- Doug Risebrough 1974 7th overall by Montreal
- Rick Chartraw 1974 10th overall by Montreal
- Dave Maloney 1974 14th overall by the New York Rangers
- Dwight Foster 1977 16th overall by Boston
- Paul Reinhart 1979 12th overall by Atlanta
- Doug Sulliman 1979 13th overall by the New York Rangers
- Paul Coffey 1980 6th overall by Edmonton
- Al MacInnis 1981 15th overall by Calgary
- Brian Bellows 1982 2nd overall by Minnesota
- Scott Stevens 1982 5th overall by Washington
- David Shaw 1982 13th overall by Quebec
- Shawn Burr 1984 7th overall by Detroit
- Craig Wolanin 1985 3rd overall by New Jersey
- David Latta 1985 15th overall by Quebec
- Darren Rumble 1987 20th overall by Philadelphia
- Shayne Stevenson 1989 17th overall by Boston
- Steven Rice 1989 20th overall by the New York Rangers
- Boyd Devereaux 1996 6th overall by Edmonton
- Steve Eminger 2002 12th overall by Washington
- Mike Richards 2003 24th overall by Philadelphia
- Boris Valabik 2004 10th overall by Atlanta
- Jakub Kindl 2005 19th overall by Detroit
- Matt Lashoff 2005 22nd overall by Boston
- Mikkel Bodker 2008 8th overall by Phoenix
- Nazem Kadri 2009 5th overall by Toronto
- John Moore 2009 21st overall by Columbus
- Jeff Skinner 2010 7th overall by Carolina
- Gabriel Landeskog 2011 2nd overall by Colorado
- Ryan Murphy 2011 12th overall by Carolina
- Radek Faksa 2012 13th overall by Dallas
List of captains
Last updated September 18, 2013
- 1963–64 Alexander Fitzpatrick
- 1964–65 Alexander Fitzpatrick
- 1965–66 John Beechey, Bob Jones, Billy Hway
- 1966–67 Walter Tkaczuk
- 1967–68 Walter Tkaczuk
- 1968–69 Cam Crosby
- 1969–70 Dave Cressman
- 1970–71 Ted Scharf
- 1971–72 Bill Barber
- 1972–73 Les Burgess
- 1973–74 Paul Evans
- 1974–75 Larry Huras, Dan Djakolovic, Dwight Foster
- 1975–76 Dwight Foster
- 1976–77 Dwight Foster
- 1977–78 Don Maloney
- 1978–79 Paul Reinhart
- 1979–80 Jim Pavese
- 1980–81 Joe McDonnell, Brian Bellows
- 1981–82 Brian Bellows
- 1982–83 Mike Eagles
- 1983–84 Jim Quinn
- 1984–85 Garnet McKechny, Kent Paynter
- 1985–86 Shawn Burr
- 1986–87 Dave Latta
- 1987–88 Kevin Grant
- 1988–89 Mike Montanari
- 1989–90 Steven Rice
- 1990–91 Steven Rice
- 1991–92 Mike Polano
- 1992–93 Mike Polano
- 1993–94 Tim Spitzig
- 1994–95 Trevor Gallant, Eric Manlow, Tim Spitzig
- 1995–96 Brian Scott, Ryan Pepperall
- 1996–97 Ryan Pepperall
- 1997–98 Jason Byrnes
- 1998–99 Darren Mortier
- 1999–2000 Ryan Milanovic, Serge Payer
- 2000–01 Chris Cava
- 2001–02 Nick Policelli
- 2002–03 Derek Roy
- 2003–04 Mike Richards
- 2004–05 Mike Richards
- 2005–06 Mark Fraser
- 2006–07 Jean-Michel Rizk, Peter Tsimikalis
- 2007–08 Matt Pepe
- 2008–09 Ben Shutron, Dan Kelly
- 2009–10 Dan Kelly
- 2010–11 Gabriel Landeskog
- 2011–12 Michael Catenacci
- 2012-13 Ryan Murphy
- 2013-14 Ben Fanelli
- 2014-15 Liam Maaskant
- 2015-16 Ryan MacInnis
Updated as of September 18, 2016
|#||Nat||Name||Pos||Date of Birth||Acquired||NHL Rights||Birthplace|
|4||Gareffa, JoesphJoesph Gareffa||C||August 9, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Toronto, Ontario|
|5||Gentles, KyleKyle Gentles||D||May 30, 1998||Free Agent, 2016||Undrafted||Ajax, Ontario|
|7||Hall, ConnorConnor Hall||D||February 21, 1998||2014 OHL Priority Selection||PIT, 2016||Cambridge, Ontario|
|8||Di Perna, DylanDylan Di Perna||D||April 26, 1996||Trade with KGN, 2013||Undrafted||Mississauga, Ontario|
|10||Henderson, JakeJake Henderson||RW||February 12, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||St. Louis, Missouri|
|11||Vallati, GiovanniGiovanni Vallati||D||February 21, 2000||2016 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2018||Ottawa, Ontario|
|12||Peyton, LiamLiam Peyton||LW||March 30, 2000||2016 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2018||Orleans, Ontario|
|13||Damiani, RileyRiley Damiani||C||March 20, 2000||2016 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2018||Mississauga, Ontario|
|17||Kohn, MasonMason Kohn||LW||May 3, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||Davie, Florida|
|18||Blaisdell, DougDoug Blaisdell||D||February 20, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||Dearborn Heights, Michigan|
|21||McHugh, NickNick McHugh||LW||February 13, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Gloucester, Ontario|
|23||Mascherin, AdamAdam Mascherin||LW||June 6, 1998||2014 OHL Priority Selection||FLA, 2016||Maple, Ontario|
|25||Peterson, AlexAlex Peterson||D||May 26, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Kenora, Ontario|
|27||Llewellyn, DarbyDarby Llewellyn||LW||July 19, 1996||2012 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|29||Opilka, LukeLuke Opilka||G||February 27, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||STL, 2015||St. Louis, Missouri|
|30||Carty, DawsonDawson Carty||G||February 2, 1996||Trade with MIS, 2014||Undrafted||Mississauga, Ontario|
|34||Richardson, LukeLuke Richardson||G||May 28, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Barrie, Ontario|
|35||McGonigle, ChrisChris McGonigle||G||September 19, 1998||Free Agent, 2016||Undrafted||Belmont, Ontario|
|44||Hora, FrankFrank Hora||D||June 1, 1996||2012 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||Cheektowaga, New York|
|48||Schiemenz, CedricCedric Schiemenz||C||March 1, 1999||2016 CHL Import Draft||Eligible in 2017||Berlin, Germany|
|62||Cascagnette, JacobJacob Cascagnette||C||March 22, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||Undrafted||Kitchener, Ontario|
|74||Bunnaman, ConnorConnor Bunnaman||C||April 16, 1998||2014 OHL Priority Selection||PHI, 2016||Guelph, Ontario|
|81||Seitz, DylanDylan Seitz||C||January 15, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Eden, New York|
|88||Meireles, GregGreg Meireles||RW||January 1, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Ottawa, Ontario|
|89||Guest, EricEric Guest||C||April 25, 2000||2016 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2018||Kilworth, Ontario|
|97||Bracco, JeremyJeremy Bracco||RW||March 17, 1997||2013 OHL Priority Selection||TOR, 2015||Freeport, New York|
|98||Roberts, ElijahElijah Roberts||D||January 23, 1999||2015 OHL Priority Selection||Eligible in 2017||Brampton, Ontario|
|Team records for a single season|
|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|
|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|
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
- 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.
- 2014–15 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2015-16 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Uniforms and logos
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.  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.
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 known as the Dom Cardillo arena.
- Capacity = 7,068 seats + 632 standing room = total capacity of 7,700
- Ice size = 192' x 85'
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