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160 King St. E; Kitchener, ON N2G 4E5 519-894-2231
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Panthers outfielder Jonathan Brouse holds off on a pitch in last week's game against Barrie. Annie Sakkab/Record staff BARRIE - The Baycats extended their first-place lead to 2.5 games over Kitchener after a 7-4 win over the Panthers Thursday night. Baycats first baseman Jordan Castaldo had three hits, two RBI... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Panthers Baseball
Goalie Luke Opilka will man the crease for the Rangers next season. The club made it official today by signing the American netminder to a standard player agreement. The St. Louis native had committed to play for the University of Wisconsin. Opilka spent the past two seasons with the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rangers Report
NHL development camp season is in full swing. Most rosters are out but some are still trickling in. A few Kitchener Rangers from this past season's squad are at the pro gatherings. Defenceman Dmitrii Sergeev and G Luke Opilka have been invited to the St. Louis Blues camp while goalie... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rangers Report
The Kitchener Rangers may have found their No. 1 netminder. Goalie Luke Opilka has pulled out of his commitment to the University of Wisconsin after being selected by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round of the NHL draft. 2015 STL146 Luke Opilka will not attend Wisconsin. Next option... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rangers Report
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Designated hitter Sean Reilly was one of four Panthers named to the all-star team for July 11. Record file photo KITCHENER - The Barrie Baycats won the battle for first place with a 6-3 win over the Panthers Tuesday night, improving to 16-4 and leads Kitchener by 1.5 games atop... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Panthers Baseball
A few observations from NHL draft weekend. First, forward Jeremy Bracco was selected with the last pick of the second round by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The highly skilled American is a Boston College commit but there are indications that he may come north. Be surprised if Bracco isn't with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rangers Report
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He grew up a London Knights fan, but don't hold that against him. New OA defenceman Brian Brosnan is anxious to get to the Aud and play for the Rangers. He was acquired last week in a deal with Niagara for two draft picks and gives Kitchener some experience and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Rangers Report
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Reliever Phil Owen has a 1.38 earned run average and hasn’t allowed a walk in 13-plus innings of work. Annie Sakkab/Record staff Greg Mercer, Record staff KITCHENER — The game’s never done until nine innings are in the books — but when the Kitchener Panthers’ Phil Owen takes the mound,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
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Import pitcher Ryan Holda held the Baycats to two runs Thursday, but left in the fifth inning. Annie Sakkab/Record staff Greg Mercer, Record staff KITCHENER — Ryan Holda wanted to play for the Kitchener Panthers so badly he drove 750 kilometres and crossed an international border into a country he’d... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
Hey Rangerblues, To clarify, in the beginning I wasn't on board. Nothing against Murray, but I lobbied for Smith to get his chance as coach and to go experience heavy on the GM front (see link to two year old blog post below). http://therecord.blogs.com/rangers_report/2013/07/smith-ready-and-waiting.html I did however make a case that both he and Smith deserved to come back this year. My feeling there was that both needed to see this rebuild through as they had endured the growing pains and deserved to see the potential pay off. Thought the continuity was important and it still will happen with MVR and Murray back. I like the moves for picks that MH has made but I need to see more in trades for bodies (as mentioned in latest column). As for the more ice time issue. The comment was more along the lines of if top prospects don't contribute at the rate of top prospects on other teams then perhaps it's time to consider moving some of them and bring in guys who fit better. Obviously you have to see how the season goes before pulling the trigger but I'd make a case for a shorter leash this season with some of them with this being year three of the rebuild. - Josh
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2015 on Hiebert's time to shine at Rangers Report
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One coach was let go. One was promoted and two others brought in. GM Murray Hiebert has his bench in place. Now, it's time to put the hammer down and take a critical look at the roster. There are holes to fill and prospects to lure. In short, it's time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Rangers Report
The timing was right for the Rangers and Mike McKenzie. The former assistant coach is now headed down the management side of the game after being promoted to assistant general manager. It's a path he has been eyeing since arriving on East Avenue three years back. Each season he has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Rangers Report
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Former Panther Shaun Slemko deals to Tanner Nivins in the fifth. Nivins it out for a two-run homer. Dan Polischuk/Special to the Record By Dan Polischuk KITCHENER - Even though Darnell Duckett’s dad couldn’t witness his son’s performance Sunday evening, that didn’t stop the light-hitting outfielder from capping off a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
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Pitcher Mike Schnurr (1-2) allowed five runs on six hits, two walks and one strikeout in six innings. Record file photo KITCHENER - The Brantford Red Sox (10-7) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 5 ½ innings and held on for a 6-5 win over the second place Kitchener... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
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Right fielder Darnell Duckett had two hits, three RBI and scored a run in Friday's win in Hamilton, Record File photo HAMILTON - The Kitchener Panthers moved closer to first place with a 9-5 win over the Cardinals Friday night. The Panthers' second straight win moved them to 12-3, one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
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Panthers' all-star catcher Scott David was hitting .435 this season before he left for another league in California. Record file photo Greg Mercer, Record staff KITCHENER — If the Burlington Bandits make it four straight this Sunday, the Kitchener Panthers may want to resort to sacrificing chickens. The Panthers (12-3)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
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One familiar face in a new role and two new coaches will man the Kitchener Rangers bench this season. As a collective, the trio is loaded with NHL experience. The Rangers are going with Mike Van Ryn for the next three years. As GM Murray Hiebert says, he was the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Rangers Report
What a day. Lots to talk about and digest. A new coach, two new assoc-assistants and an assistant GM. At least the moves are made and we can now concentrate on hockey. So, as expected, Mike Van Ryn is the new main man. It's the third time in a row... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Rangers Report
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The search for a head coach is over. The Kitchener Rangers looked down the bench to replace fired skipper Troy Smith and hired former associate coach Mike Van Ryn to take the reins. Van Ryn joined the club two years ago and was an assistant in the AHL (Houston) and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Rangers Report
It's a familiar face to start and end the season for the Kitchener Rangers. The Ontario Hockey League club hosts the Owen Sound Attack to kick off the 2015-16 campaign in its familiar Friday night slot at the Aud Sept 25 at 7:30 p.m. And the season closes against those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Rangers Report
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David Whiteside played his last game for the Panthers Thursday, before leaving to join a team in California. Peter Lee/Record staff KITCHENER — Before they showered Jack Couch Park in rain, the baseball gods threw Kitchener Panthers field manager Dave te Boekhorst another curveball. Hours ahead of Thursday’s game against... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Panthers Baseball
The Kitchener Rangers have acquired overage defenceman Brian Brosnan from the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for a pair of draft picks. Brosnan (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) played the past two seasons for the 'Dogs and had four goals and eight assists in 53 games this past campaign. He is also a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Rangers Report
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In case you didn't get enough of the Owen Sound Attack, they're back. The Kitchener Rangers will host the Attack in the season opener at the Aud Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The two teams clashed eight times last season with seven of those tilts going before Jan. 2. Owen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Rangers Report
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There are eight Kitchener Rangers on the radar for this month's NHL draft. Names that have come up in conversation include Gustaf Franzen, Mike Davies, Darby Llewellyn, Mason Kohn, David Miller, Frank Hora, Doug Blaisdell and Dylan Di Perna. Locally, Waterloo native Brandon Lindberg - a Sarnia Sting forward -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Rangers Report
Alright. It feels good to be back on the blog after a few days out of the country. And it seems like I’ve broken the streak of the Rangers announcing major news while I’m away. I was on alert overseas the entire time convinced that Kitchener would name its new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Rangers Report