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Thought I'd pass along a three-part Q & A with Paul Fixter put together by Ben Leeson up in the Big Nickel. It's got some length, so peruse at your leisure over the Easter weekend whilst packing chocolate easter eggs in your gob. Give Fixter - a former Rangers assistant... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rangers Report
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I had the good fortune of seeing a green heron in a pond near the Grand River today. I have spent many hours hiking the banks, paddling the waters and photographing all the flora and fauna that grace the heritage watershed. I have seen countless blue herons in every type... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press Camera
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Spring had just nicely got started. Rising temperatures had early flowers like tulips and sedum poking through the dry leaves on my flower beds. Tuesday was just a reminder of the long cold winter that seemed to drag on for weeks. Waking up to a blanket of fresh snow wasn't... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press Camera
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There is no shortage of local ties to this year's NHL playoffs. Scan the rosters of the clubs and you'll find 15 former Kitchener Rangers and a handful of players from Waterloo Region in the mix for Lord Stanley's Mug. It's quite an impressive haul. Three of them - Geoff... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rangers Report
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One former Ranger is guaranteed a spot in the OHL final. Ex-Blueshirts Ben Thomson (North Bay) and Josh Sterk (Oshawa) face off in the east championship beginning Friday in the 'Shwa. Both guys were traded this past season - Sterk just before the opener and Thomson in late November. And... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rangers Report
Alright, back and feeling fresh after a nice week off. And looky here, the OHL conference finals are set. I have to admit that when the Kitchener Rangers' season ended, I was excited for the break. Now, a month or so into the off-season and I'd love me some playoff... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Rangers Report
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Kitchener Rangers import forward Dominik Kubalik has reportedly signed a two-year deal with HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga. The Czech native came to the Rangers in a trade with the Sudbury Wolves for centre Radek Faksa at the deadline this past January. Kubalik, 18, had five goals and one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Four Kitchener Rangers made the NHL's central scouting bureau's list of potential picks in this year's draft among North American skaters. Forward Ryan MacInnis is ranked 20th, Nick Magyar 32nd, Darby Llewellyn 64th and defenceman Frank Hora is 176th. Blueliners Dylan Di Perna and Dmitrii Sergeev have been on and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Talk about getting a jolt up front. The Kitchener Rangers believe they have added an "OHL ready" player in second overall selection Adam Mascherin. The Maple native certainly has an impressive resume. A total of 71 goals in 66 games proves the 15-year-old isn't shy around the net. And he's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Rangers Report
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The Kitchener Rangers have added some scoring punch to their lineup by selecting Adam Mascherin with the second overall pick in today's OHL draft. "It's a huge honour to be part of such a special organization," he said. "Hopefully I can make the team." The centre potted 71 goals and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Rangers Report
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The Sarnia Sting have selected defenceman Jakob Chychrun with the first overall pick in the 2014 Ontario Hockey League draft. The draft doesn't actually start until tomorrow at 9 a.m. but the league has set up a tradition where it announces the first pick early. So that means the Kitchener... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Rangers Report
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1. Trade frenzy You knew it was going to happen. GM Murray Hiebert needed to put his stamp on the Kitchener Rangers and the club needed reshaping after being gutted by Steve Spott. And Hiebert didn't disappoint, making nine trades this past season. There were some winners and losers in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Rangers Report
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2. Magyar makes mark A rookie winning the team scoring title is nothing to scoff at. And in many ways, Nick Magyar is symbolic of where the Kitchener Rangers hope the team is headed. It was a rebuilding year at the Aud and the freshman forward was one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Waterloo Siskins goalie Leo Lazarev got his wish last week when the Russian was declared eligible for Saturday's OHL draft. The 16-year-old made a bold move by relocating to Canada with his family in order to pursue his pro hockey dream. Non North-American goalies are not allowed to be drafted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Rangers Report
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3. Six-pack of wins They didn't win many games but a sextet of clashes stands out for the Kitchener Rangers. And it's the kind of collection that fits into the drive-the-fans-crazy category because it's proof that the Blueshirts could compete when everything was going right. Sept. 29 - 5-3 over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Waterloo Wolves defenceman Logan Stanley - all 6-foot-6 of him - stands at the front of an impressive group of local players set for Saturday's OHL draft. It' s unlikely he'll land with the hometown Kitchener Rangers. He won't go second overall and will likely be snapped up before the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Rangers Report
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4. Kingston comeback, sort of The season was still young and this is back when the Kitchener Rangers weren't out of the picture by any means. But the club had hit hard times. The Rangers were losers of seven straight games and coming off an ugly 7-0 pasting to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Rangers Report
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5. Llewellyn's hat trick It was one of the earlier big wins for the young Kitchener Rangers. And sophomore Darby Llewellyn was front and centre. The 17-year-old potted his first OHL hat trick in a 5-3 win against the Barrie Colts, at the Molson Centre to boot back on Nov.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Shortstop Mike Glinka, seen sliding, has confirmed he'll return for the 2014 season. Record file photo KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers’ roster continues to take shape for the 2014 season, with the team announcing the return of veteran shortstop Mike Glinka and signing of import utility man and pitcher David... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Panthers Baseball
6. Back-to-back breakaways The Kitchener Rangers didn't score too many goals this past season. But the game tying and winning goal from the Feb. 20th clash against Windsor were two real beauties. First up was Dominik Kubalik, who stole the puck at the Rangers' blueline before storming in and roofing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Rangers Report
A suspension is brewing down the highway. London goalie Anthony Stolarz will no doubt be hearing from OHL commish David Branch after giving Windsor's Josh Ho-Sang a love tap on the back of the head with his paddle in last nigh's 10-2 thrashing. Take a look for yourself. London leads... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Rangers Report
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7. Iafrate helps out It was the biggest offensive night of Max Iafrate's career. The burly blueliner picked up four assists in Kitchener's 5-3 win against Saginaw on Dec. 6. Only three Rangers collected four points in a game this year - the other two were Justin Bailey and Nick... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Rangers Report
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The Kitchener Rangers didn't see too many scenes like the one above this past season. At least not enough to get into the post-season. The club potted 200 markers total. That was good for second worst in the OHL's western conference. The team needs to up that amount if it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Rangers Report
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8. Home opener Ah, the good ol' first game. It's a great time of the year. So much hope. The entire season ahead. Anything is possible. And what a treat it was for fans. The first glimpse of the young crew was so promising. The team doubled Saginaw 4-2. Darby... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Rangers Report
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Drayton Entertainment was searching for Waterloo Region’s Top Chihuahua, with one perfect pooch to receive the most coveted role among canines: “Bruiser” in Legally Blonde at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse! Jayme Armstrong, who stars in the production as everyone’s favourite blonde, Elle Woods, was on hand to audition the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Press Camera