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Kitchener Rangers connections compete in AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs

Ontario Hockey League
Dan Hamilton, Kitchener Rangers

 

108 OHL graduates, including 13 Kitchener Rangers alumni, have been competing for the American Hockey League’s prestigious championship trophy, the Calder Cup.

Of the 16 teams that made the playoffs, the Rangers will be represented among ten. Of those ten, three will have multiple alumni representing the Blueshirts, as the Tucson Roadrunners included former captain Ryan MacInnis and former coach Mike Van Ryn. Julian Melchiori dressed as a member of the Manitoba Moose, who also called up defenceman Logan Stanley after the postseason got underway. Former captain Frank Hora was also recently called up to rejoin the Lehigh Valley Phantoms along with former Ranger Phil Varone.

Below is a list of all teams that have competed in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, and their status.

 

Grand Rapids Griffins – affiliate of Detroit Red Wings

Matt Puempel

Lost in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-2, vs. Manitoba Moose

 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms – affiliate of Philadelphia Flyers

Phil Varone
Frank Hora

Won in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-1, vs. Providence Bruins
Won in Round 2 in best-of-seven series, 4-1, vs. Charlotte Checkers
Plays Round 3 in best-of-seven series vs. Toronto Marlies

 

Manitoba Moose – affiliate of Winnipeg Jets

Julian Melchiori
Logan Stanley

Won in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-2, vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
Lost in Round 2 in best-of-seven series, 4-0, vs. Rockford IceHogs

 

Ontario Reign – affiliate of Los Angeles Kings

Andrew Crescenzi

Lost in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-1, vs. Texas Stars

 

Rochester Americans – affiliate of Buffalo Sabres

Justin Bailey

Lost in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-0, vs. Syracuse Crunch

 

San Jose Barracuda – affiliate of San Jose Sharks

Brandon Mashinter

Lost in Round 1 in best-of-five series, 3-1, vs. Tucson Roadrunners

 

Toronto Marlies – affiliate of Toronto Maple Leafs

Jeremy Bracco

Won in Round 1 of best-of-five series, 3-2, vs. Utica Comets
Won in Round 2 of best-of-seven series, 4-0, vs. Syracuse Crunch
Plays Round 3 in best-of-seven series vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

 

Tucson Roadrunners – affiliate of Arizona Coyotes

Ryan MacInnis
Mike Van Ryn

Won in Round 1 of best-of-five series, 3-1, vs. San Jose Barracuda
Lost in Round 2 of best-of-seven series, 4-1, vs. Texas Stars

 

Utica Comets – affiliate of Vancouver Canucks

Evan McEneny

Lost in Round 1 of best-of-five series, 3-2, vs. Toronto Marlies

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – affiliate of Pittsburgh Penguins

Frank Corrado

Lost in Round 1 of best-of-five series, 3-0, vs. Charlotte Checkers

 

 

 

Follow along with the AHL Playoffs at theahl.com.

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