Kitchener Rangers

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Kitchener Rangers
Kitchener Rangers logo
founding 1963
history Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters
Guelph Royals
Kitchener Rangers
since 1963
Stadion Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
Location Kitchener , Ontario
Team colors blue, red & white
league Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
division Midwest Division
Head coach Jay McKee
General manager Murray Hiebert
Cooperations Kitchener Dutchmen
Memorial Cups 1982 , 2003
J. Ross Robertson Cups 1980/81 , 1981/82 , 2002/03 ,

The Kitchener Rangers are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Kitchener , Ontario . The team was founded in 1963 as the New York Rangers' junior team . It has played in one of Canada's three highest junior ice hockey leagues, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) , since 1977 . The Rangers were able to qualify for the play-offs there except in 1980 and 2001 .


When Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens were two future top defenders of the National Hockey League in their squad, they won their first J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1981 in a final against Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds . In 1982 the Rangers were able to get the title in the OHL again and qualified for the second time in a row for the tournament for the Memorial Cup . They were also able to convince there and the fans hoisted "we are number 1 in Canada" flags. It was one of the most glorious moments in Rangers history. In 1984 and 1990 the club reached the final of the OHL playoffs but failed there because of the Ottawa 67’s and the Oshawa Generals .

After that, the Rangers wandered through a long dry spell until they were able to make their way to the finals again in 2003 for the 40th anniversary and met the Ottawa 76ers there again. This time they took the chance to take revenge and won a Best Of Seven series with 4: 1. In the Memorial Cup they shone again and won it for the second time in the history of the club.



Memorial Cup

J. Ross Robertson Cup

Wayne Gretzky Trophy
  • 2002–03 Western Conference Champions
  • 2007-08 Western Conference Champions
Hamilton Spectator Trophy
  • 1966–67 64 points
  • 1967-68 82 points
  • 1973-74 95 points
  • 1983-84 106 points
  • 1988-89 88 points
  • 2002–03 100 points
  • 2007-08 110 points

Division Trophies
  • 1980-81 Emms Trophy , Emms Division
  • 1981-82 Emms Trophy, Emms Division
  • 1983-84 Emms Trophy, Emms Division
  • 1988-89 Emms Trophy, Emms Division
  • 1996-97 Emms Trophy, Central Division
  • 2002–03 Holody Trophy , Midwest Division
  • 2007-08 Holody Trophy, Midwest Division


First-round draft picks

Draft year player as team
1972 Bill Barber 7th Philadelphia Flyers
1972 Al Blanchard 10. New York Rangers
1972 Jerry Byers 12. Minnesota North Stars
1974 Doug Risebrough 7th Montréal Canadiens
1974 Rick Chartraw 10. Montréal Canadiens
1974 Dave Maloney 14th New York Rangers
1977 Dwight Foster 16. Boston Bruins
1979 Paul Reinhart 12. Atlanta Flames
1979 Doug Sulliman 12. New York Rangers
1980 Paul Coffey 13. Edmonton Oilers
1981 Al MacInnis 6th Calgary Flames
1982 Brian Bellows 15th Minnesota North Stars
1982 Scott Stevens 2. Washington Capitals
1982 David Shaw 5. Québec Nordiques
1984 Shawn Burr 13. Detroit Red Wings
1985 Craig Wolanin 3. New Jersey Devils
1985 David Latta 15th Québec Nordiques
1987 Darren Rumble 20th Philadelphia Flyers
1989 Shayne Stevenson 17th Boston Bruins
1989 Steven Rice 20th New York Rangers
1996 Boyd Devereaux 6th Edmonton Oilers
2002 Steve Eminger 12. Washington Capitals
2003 Mike Richards 24. Philadelphia Flyers
2004 Boris Valábik 10. Atlanta Thrashers
2005 Jakub Kindl 19th Detroit Red Wings
2005 Matt Lashoff 22nd Boston Bruins
2008 Mikkel Bødker 8th. Phoenix Coyotes
2010 Jeff Skinner 7th Carolina Hurricanes
2011 Gabriel Landeskog 2. Colorado Avalanche
2011 Ryan Murphy 12. Carolina Hurricanes
2012 Radek Faksa 13. Dallas Stars

Other former players

Web links

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