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160 King St. E; Kitchener, ON N2G 4E5 519-894-2231
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Former Blue Jays prospect Zack Breault joins the Kitchener Panthers for the 2016 season. Mat McCarthy/Record staff Greg Mercer, Record staff KITCHENER — The Kitchener Panthers’ lasting memory of the 2015 season was watching the Barrie Baycats rush the field to celebrate their second consecutive Intercounty Baseball League championship. They... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Panthers Baseball
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Rangers fans will be getting a good dose of OHL top pick Ryan Merkley. The defenceman, selected first overall by the Guelph Storm in this year's draft, is a key piece in the team's rebuilding efforts. Of course, the Storm and Rangers meet eight times per season. So get used... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Rangers Report
The Rangers are out but there are still several former players alive and well in the post-season. In the AHL,the Albany Devils face the Toronto Marlies in the North Division finals. Ben Thomson (2G) and Dan Kelly (1A) play for the Devils while Josh Leivo (3A) is on Toronto. Andrew... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rangers Report
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Cambridge's Kirsten Peterman, 18, is a member of the senior national artistic gymnastics team. Peter Lee/Record staff By Greg Mercer, Record staff WATERLOO — The balance beam is unforgiving. Less than four inches wide, and more than four feet above the ground, falling off is easy to do. But you... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ROAD TO RIO
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Catcher Frank Camilo Morejon, who signed with the Panthers this week, is a household name in Cuba. File photo Greg Mercer, Record staff KITCHENER — In a country obsessed with baseball, it’s a deal that’s got everyone talking. The Kitchener Panthers have signed star Cuban catcher Frank Camilo Morejon to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Panthers Baseball
Kitchener native Nic Hague, a defenceman with the Mississauga Steelheads, won the OHL's Bobby Smith Trophy as the scholastic player of the year. The rearguard rocked an 82 per cent average while studying an array of subjects at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga. Teammate Damian Bourne was named... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rangers Report
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Amelia Walsh broke her arm and suffered a concussion at a crash in Manchester, England this month. Submitted photo Greg Mercer, Record staff AYR — Amelia Walsh remembers walking into a strange hospital, trying to figure out what happened. Her arm was broken in three places. She’d been out cold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at ROAD TO RIO
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Tanner Nivins and the Kitchener Panthers begin their regular season May 7 in Barrie. Record file photo Record staff KITCHENER — The Kitchener Panthers will host two exhibition games at Jack Couch Park as a final tune-up before the 2016 Intercounty Baseball League season. On Sunday, May 1, the Panthers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Panthers Baseball
Kind of. The way it was told was that Opilka had mono at some point during the season but it was suspected that he played through it. If memory serves, when he was sidelined they couldn't find any traces of it. But the lingering affects were obviously still taking a toll.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2016 on Hiebert: Rangers on 'right path' at Rangers Report
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Kitchener Rangers GM Murray Hiebert sat down yesterday and talked hockey. He candidly answered 10 questions that touched on the season that was, the future and his philosophies on building a winner. Some of the topics included - the goalie situation, overage players, trades, toughness and being an elite team... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Rangers Report
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1. Rangers oust Windsor in five It was shaping up to be a long series. Kitchener, ranked fourth in the OHL’s western conference, was up against the fifth seeded Windsor Spitfires in the quarter-finals. The Spits won the season series 3-1, which only added more drama to the playoff clash.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Rangers Report
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2. Win streak reaches 11 games It started with an 8-2 thrashing at the Aud against the Sudbury Wolves on Oct. 12. It ended almost a month later on Nov. 7 in Kingston. The 5-3 loss to the Frontenacs ended a season-high 11-game winning streak for the Rangers. It was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Rangers Report
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3. Jeremy Bracco chooses OHL It was like the Rangers made a trade without making one in late October. Kitchener received a season changing boost when winger Jeremy Bracco decided to leave Boston College for the Aud. It didn’t take the Toronto Maple Leafs second round draft pick long to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Rangers Report
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4. Ryan MacInnis pots four goals It was a Mac attack in Peterborough on Oct. 29. The Rangers pummeled the Petes 7-2 and the captain had four goals on five shots for the visitors. MacInnis went on to have a team-high 38 markers and five more tallies in the playoffs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Rangers Report
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5. Adam Mascherin breaks out Kitchener’s top pick (second overall) from 2014 showed flashes of greatness during his rookie season but took a serious step forward as a sophomore. Winger Adam Mascherin went from 12 goals and 29 points as a freshman to 35 markers and 81 points this past... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Rangers Report
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6. A comeback in Erie It was a rough stretch for the Rangers in mid-February. The team dropped three of four to clubs lower in the standings in Hamilton, Flint and Owen Sound. The bright spot was a 5-4 victory against the Canadian Hockey League’s top ranked Erie Otters on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Rangers Report
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7. Meireles nets five points Perhaps it was a glimpse of things to come. It was only the third OHL game for rookie Greg Meireles but the team’s first round draft pick in 2015 erupted for two goals and three assists in Kitchener’s 8-2 romp against the Sudbury Wolves on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Rangers Report
It's a proud moment for local minor hockey associations. Four players developed in Waterloo Region are on the world stage playing for Canada at the Under-18 world hockey championships in North Dakota. It may be the most this region has ever sent to a national hockey team at one time.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Rangers Report
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It was time to turn pro. So Gustaf Franzen is going home. The Kitchener Rangers centre was seriously considering one more year at the Aud as an overage player but couldn't pass up an opportunity to play at Sweden's highest level, earn a paycheck and be near family and friends.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Rangers Report
Just a few player updates to pass along. Forward Jeremy Bracco is practising with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. The Toronto Maple Leafs second round draft pick is soaking up life at the next level and learning from the pros. Toronto's best-of-five division semifinal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers starts Saturday.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Rangers Report
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8. The emergence of Dawson Carty He was labelled the back up but goalie Dawson Carty proved to be one of the most valuable Rangers this season. Carty didn’t lose his first game in regulation until Feb. 12. His 15-2-1-0 record was stellar and his 2.36 goals against average and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Rangers Report
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9. The night the lights went out It was a normal mid-January night at the Aud until the 2:34 mark of the first period. That’s when — in a split second — the building went dark. A nearby power outage was to blame. The glowing screens of smartphones held by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Rangers Report
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Chris Winter, Taylor Milne and Chris Dulhanty jump a water pit in the 2014 Speed River Inferno. GuelphMercury/Rob Massey Greg Mercer, Record staff GUELPH — A miserable mix of freezing rain and snow is pelting Alex Genest, Taylor Milne and Chris Dulhanty as they blur past on the trail under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at ROAD TO RIO
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Cambridge's Carling Zeeman won her first World Rowing Cup gold medal over the weekend. Rowing Canada photo Greg Mercer, Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Rowing Canada said they wanted Carling Zeeman to prove she could win in the women’s single scull. The Cambridge-raised rower did that with authority this week, wining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at ROAD TO RIO
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10. Robby Fabbri It was one of those trades that came out of nowhere. Rangers GM Murray Hiebert sent a third and two conditional second round draft picks to the Guelph Storm for star forward Robby Fabbri at the Ontario Hockey League’s trade deadline in January. The only problem? Fabbri... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Rangers Report