April 17th, 2013 by paulb.johnson
The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club and Sun Life Financial are pleased to announce that over $4,000 dollars was raised during the Kids In Gear Pre-Game Worn Jersey Auction held from Wednesday, April 3, to Friday April 12, 2013. All proceeds will be donated to the Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program.
“As a proud supporter of the Kitchener Rangers and the Kids In Gear program, we are thrilled that the proceeds from this auction will help more children in the local community become active in the sport of hockey,” said Bill Ramsammy, Assistant Vice-President, Corporate Brand & Marketing, Sun Life Financial.
“Our players and organization are always happy to contribute to worthy causes that help our community,” said Steve Spott, Head Coach and General Manager, Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club.
Bidding started at $100 for each jersey and steadily increased over the ten day auction. The winning bidders took home their favourite Rangers’ warmup jersey from the 2012-13 season, autographed by the player. Ten players’ sweaters were auctioned off, including captain Ryan Murphy, co-MVP winners Matt Puempel and Ben Fanelli, goaltender John Gibson and Rookie of the Year Justin Bailey.
The Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program assists with the collection and purchase of hockey equipment for youth who require support in order to play our national game. It’s about giving back to the game we all love to play. Monetary proceeds also go to Donna’s Kids, a program run by the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association.
April 16th, 2013 by blairadams
Kitchener Rangers forward Tobias Rieder has signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.
Rieder was recently traded there by the Edmonton Oilers.
He finished this season with 56 points in 52 games with the Rangers.
Rieder was a fourth round pick by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
April 16th, 2013 by blairadams
Kitchener Rangers goalie John Gibson has been named the team’s playoff MVP.
It is the second year in a row the Anaheim Ducks prospect has won the Charles Chalkin Memorial Trophy.
Gibson posted a 5-4-1 record in the playoffs and shut out the Guelph Storm in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
He ended the post-season with a 2.17 goals against average, top five in the OHL.
Gibson has joined Norfolk, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
April 11th, 2013 by blairadams
John Gibson was outstanding in the Rangers net, but it wasn’t enough as Kitchener fell 4-3 to the Knights in overtime at the Aud on Wednesday.
The Anaheim Ducks prospect made 57 saves.
Chris Tierney scored the winner at 13:24 of the extra frame.
Kitchener goal scorers were Justin Bailey, Ben Fanelli (1st career OHL playoff goals) and Tobias Rieder.
There was more controversy as Bailey was clearly interfered with on the third London goal.
Download AUDIO – Rangers Associate Coach Paul Fixter with 570′s Mike Farwell on post-game show
The Knights lead the series 3-1 with game 5 in London on Friday at 7:30. 570 News
has the pre-game show at 7pm.
If necessary, game 6 will go Sunday at 7pm at the Aud.
April 9th, 2013 by blairadams
The Kitchener Rangers got back in their series with the London Knights in a big way at the Aud on Monday night.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo had a goal and three assists as the Rangers hammered the Knights 6-2.
Anthony Stolarz was pulled from the London goal following the 4th marker from Kitchener. At the other end, John Gibson made 37 saves for his 5th win of the playoffs.
Tobias Rieder also recorded three assists in the win.
Download Josh Sterk chats with 570′s Mike Farwell about first playoff goal
Game four goes Wednesday night at the Aud with the Knights leading 2-1. You can listen to the game at 6:30pm on 570 News.
London will host game five on Friday night at 7:30.
April 8th, 2013 by blairadams
It was a game that could have went either way, but it was the Knights who blanked the Rangers 2-0 in London on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights now lead the best of seven OHL Western Conference Semi-Final 2-0.
Anthony Stolarz earned his first-career post-season shutout. John Gibson faced 30 shots in the Rangers net.
The game was scoreless until Maxi Domi scored with less than five minutes to play in the third period. The other London marker came from Bo Horvat.
But, the contest wasn’t without controversy as it appeared Matt Puempel scored a goal in the second period, which was disallowed.
The officials did not order a review of the play, which has some asking why, including Rangers head coach Steve Spott, considering the importance of the game.
Game 3 goes tonight at the Aud. Don Cameron and Mike Farwell have the broadcast at 7pm on 570 News.
April 1st, 2013 by blairadams
The Kitchener Rangers will open round two of the OHL playoffs on Friday night in London.
Kitchener earned a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference Semi-Final by dispatching the Guelph Storm in five games on Good Friday. London swept Saginaw in the first round.
Here is the schedule:
Fri. April 5th, Rangers @ London 7:30pm
Sun. April 7th, Rangers @ London 1:30pm
Mon. April 8th London @ Rangers 7pm
Wed. April 10th London @ Rangers 7pm
***Fri. April 12th Rangers @ London 7:30pm
***Sun. April 14th London @ Rangers 7pm
***Tues. April 16th Rangers @ London 7pm
Tickets for games 3 and 4 in Kitchener go on sale Tuesday, April 2nd at 12pm.
March 27th, 2013 by blairadams
It looked like the Rangers would be going for the sweep against the Guelph Storm on Thursday.
But, the Storm mounted a third period comeback to beat Kitchener 3-2 at the Sleeman Centre on Tuesday night. The Rangers still lead the series 2-1.
Ben Thomson and Radek Faksa were the goal scorers for the East Avenue Blue. Andrey Pedan had a pair for Guelph, with the winner potted by Scott Kosmachuk with less that two minutes to play in the third.
In net, John Gibson stopped 40 shots for the Rangers and Garrett Sparks came up with 33 saves at the other end.
Download AUDIO – Frank Corrado with 570′s Mike Farwell
570 News has game four Thursday night at 7pm. The game will be played in Guelph.
NOTE for Game 5 in Kitchener:
Tickets for Friday’s game go on sale today at noon. Tickets will be available by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, via the internet or in person at The Aud Box Office or Centre in the Square.
March 25th, 2013 by blairadams
It was John Gibson’s night at the Aud.
The Kitchener Rangers goalie stopped 49 shots as the Rangers shutdown Guelph 2-0 Sunday night.
Kitchener now leads the best of seven OHL Western Conference quarter-final 2-0.
Matt Puempel and Eric Ming were the goal scorers for the Rangers.
Download AUDIO – Rangers Head Coach Steve Spott with 570′s Mike Farwell
The Storm host game three of the series Tuesday night. 570 News has it for you starting at 7pm.
March 19th, 2013 by blairadams
Ben Fanelli picked up three trophies at last night’s Kitchener Rangers Annual
Awards Banquet. The banquet was held in the Ballroom at Bingemans.
Awards were presented as follows:
- Ted Scharf Award presented by Kitchener sports Association (Community Service) – Domenic Alberga
- Kitchener Rangers Most Popular Player - Ben Fanelli
- Herchenrader Family Trophy (Best Defensive Ability) – Curtis Meighan
- Les Bradley Memorial Award (Most Improved Player) – Brent Pedersen
- Jim McGeachie Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Team Effort) – Ben Fanelli
- Bob “Snowy” Schlieman Award (Best Offensive Defenseman) – Ryan Murphy
- Michael Pappert Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Justin Bailey
- Blueline Club Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player) – Tobias Rieder
- Jim Malleck Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) - Ben Fanelli and Matt Puempel
- 570 News 3 Star Award – Tobias Rieder
- Jim Reilly Trophy (Scoring Champion) – Joshua Leivo
- Harold Gowing Memorial Trophy (Most Improved KMHA Player) – Derek Schoenmakers