Blue C.R.E.W. - Cops & Rangers Educating Waterloo Region
The Kitchener Rangers are proud of their partnership with the Waterloo Regional Police Services, otherwise known as Blue C.R.E.W. Cops and Rangers Educating Waterloo Region is a program that’s unique to both hockey and policing. This program will forward a strong partnership between both organizations that builds on each others respective assets.
Every player on the Rangers roster has been matched up with a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Teams will work collectively as youth educators and role models, guiding one another through the rewards and challenges of community stewardship, with the hope of building a long lasting camaraderie.
The Rangers and the Waterloo Regional Police both share common goals directed toward building a safe and healthy Waterloo Region.
The goal of the Blue C.R.E.W. is to help educate our community, particularly elementary school children, on such topics as leadership, respect, pride and teamwork.
What better way to present these skills to our community than through “Cops and Rangers”- two organizations that are built on these very foundations.
As this program grows you will notice the Blue C.R.E.W. at multiple community events such as school and hospital visits, safety events and more.
The 2019 Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear Charity Drive once again gives one lucky fan a chance to drive away in a brand new, 2019 SUV!
This year’s grand prize winner is, Jeff B. of Kitchener! All winners are currently be contacted.
Jeff has the choice of one of THREE vehicles:
-a 2019 Mazda CX-5*
-a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox*
-a 2019 Toyota Rav4*
(VALUED AT $30,000 – $37,000)
Winning Ticket # 1761
*Delivery of vehicle subject to availability from dealership. Colour of SUV will be determined based on available stock at dealership when prize is awarded. Base model package awarded.
Other fantastic prizes awarded are:
$2,500 cash: Winning Ticket # 2311
Yard-Man 28 inch Snowblower (valued at $1,650): Winning Ticket #1490
Hogg Fuels Gas Card (valued at $1,000): Winning Ticket #2951
One free KMHA registration (valued at $505): Winning Ticket # 4494
Hockey Beginnings/Learn to Skate registrations (Two available, to be drawn separately) (valued at $150 each): Winning Ticket #s 1210 & 4318
Tickets were sold at every Friday home game between October 26, 2018 and January 4, 2019 as well as at KMHA & Kitchener Rangers Business office until January 18th, 2019 at 12-noon (*Contest closing date*) for $20 each, or 3 for $50.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets benefitted the Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program.
Deadline to enter is 12pm-noon on Friday, January 18, 2019. Winners will be drawn live at the Kitchener Rangers home game on Sunday, January 20, 2019 during the first intermission. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email the days following the draw.
Total tickets available: 7,500
For complete contest Rules & Regulations, click here.
LOTTERY LICENSE NO.: M761716
Many children ranging in age from infant to 16-years-old within our region along with their families deal with childhood cancer on a daily basis.
The Kitchener Rangers have teamed up with former Rangers forward and current member of the Vegas Golden Knights, David Clarkson, to run a program called Clarky’s Kids.
Kitchener Rangers Clarky’s Kids provides children from Grand River Hospital’s POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) Satellite Centre and sick kids at Grand River Hospital the opportunity to experience the excitement of a Kitchener Rangers game and visit with players and coaches in and out of the hospital. As well, this program continues to raise funds that aid in the support of local families and siblings dealing with a child that is ill.
From 2002 to 2005, Clarkson spent countless hours supporting local community programs. His goodwill and commitment to both the team and the region have inspired numerous people of all ages. He was honoured with the Ted Scharf Award in 2002-03 and 2003-04 for being the Kitchener Rangers Humanitarian of the Year. “It’s great to be able to come back and support a community that supported me when I played here.” – David Clarkson
SUPPORT CLARKY’S KIDS
PLACE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MESSAGE
Do you know someone special that has a birthday, anniversary or graduation coming up? Surprise them with a celebration message on our centre ice video board! All proceeds go to support Clarky’s Kids. Click here to find out more.
MAKE A DONATION
By mail: Kitchener Rangers, 1963 Eugene George Way, Kitchener, ON N2H 0B8
Cheques may be made payable to Kitchener Rangers/Clarky’s Kids. Tax receipts are issued directly to you from POGO and Grand River Hospital Foundation.
In person: Rangers administration office, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z6
M-F, 9:30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Entrance off of parking lot ‘A’
All monetary donations directly benefit sick kids in our region and have specifically helped beneficiaries such as Grand River Hospital’s POGO Satellite Centre, Grand River Hospital pediatric in-patients and POGO.
GRAND RIVER HOSPITAL’S POGO SATELLITE CENTRE
For the past 25 years, POGO has been working on behalf of Ontario’s childhood cancer community to continually improve care for children with cancer.
The clinic located at Grand River Hospital is one of six POGO satellite oncology clinics in the Province of Ontario set up to deliver cancer care closer to home.
POGO Charitable Registration Number: 871067245RR0001
Grand River Hospital Foundation Charitable Business Number: 88918 0394 RR 0001
Clips For Cancer
Riley Damiani, Justin MacPherson & Greg Meireles grew their hair for months and three lucky fans won the chance to shave their head at centre ice following the game on March 15!
Those who made a donation prior to March 8 were entered for a chance to help SportClips shave their heads.
“Earlier this season, we participated in a Clarky’s Kids event and we saw how affected the kids were and all the hardships they go through. We wanted to do something to show our support,” said Riley Damiani. “To show kids they are not alone while they are going through treatment.”
Donations are still being accepted in support of this great cause!
CLICK HERE to make your donation and support kids with cancer.
We look forward to continuing to bring together members of our community in the 2019-20 season. The Kitchener Rangers Community Corner offers community, not-for-profit and charitable groups the opportunity to market their brand at our game free of charge.
COMMUNITY CORNER INCLUDES:
- Your event/group/organization logo to be shown on our centre ice video board. Your logo is placed in our Community Corner video.
- One 6 foot table with two chairs in our designated Community Corner where you may present your messaging as fans enter the venue.
- Space for two (2) volunteers to help share your group’s message.
Run on a first come, first served basis. Event organizer must complete the online application below in full. In order to qualify for this request you must be a charitable organization, community group, or non-profit organization. The Kitchener Rangers are only able to accommodate each group/organization once during the OHL season.
- Event organizer must complete the application form in full to be considered.
- We will not accept applications from third party fundraisers, groups or businesses or personal/team fundraising.
- Priority is given to those located in Waterloo Region.
- One application per year/per group is allowed.
- Group/organization must adhere to regular ticket holder policy: OHL policy dictates that there will be no audio recording, video recording or photography from a camera with lenses larger than 35mm or SLR camera equipment. Flash photography from personal cameras is strictly prohibited. Management reserves the right to refuse admission or expel from the premises any person whose presence or conduct is deemed objectionable. Ticket holder acknowledges all risks incidental to any game or event and hereby agrees to assume same. Holder consents to reasonable examinations of his/her person and effects to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, by-laws and facility regulations and rules.
- No more than two (2) volunteers will be allowed access.
- Activities at your Community Corner must not conflict with any Rangers promotions. You must have approval by Rangers for all activities you wish to host at your Community Corner table. Your application must include information pertaining to the set up of your table to be considered.
- Volunteers must touch base with Rangers upon arrival and table must be set up before the venue opens to the public: 1.5 hours prior to game time.
- Table must not be left unattended at any time during game.
- Volunteers and staff at the table should conduct themselves in a manner of which they would behave at the organizations facilities.
You will be contacted within 2-4 business days of submitting your application unless otherwise noted. Approved applicants will be emailed with confirmation of their game date and will be required to confirm back to the Rangers within two business days or run the risk of the date being provided to an alternate group or organization.
SCHEDULE OF AVAILABILITY
Our 2019-20 Community Corner applications will open in August 2019.
Don Cameron Potato Night
In 1996-97, the first Don Cameron Potato Night took place at The Aud.
The late Don Cameron spearheaded the initiative of fans bringing spuds – inspired by his native Prince Edward Island – to provide meals and support to families in need in Waterloo Region.
Thank you to all of our fans for joining us at the 23rd Annual Kitchener Rangers Don Cameron Potato Night. This season alone, Rangers fans donated the equivalent of just under 30,000lbs of spuds! $6,456 in monetary donations and 4007lbs of potatoes were handed over to House of Friendship at the game!
In 23 seasons, Rangers fans have raised more than the equivalent of half a million pounds of potatoes for families in need.
We look forward to keeping the potato tradition going for Don!
Fan Fest and Barbecue
The Kitchener Rangers are kicking off the 2019-20 season with fun, food and friends at our annual Fan Fest and Barbecue in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation!
The annual Fan Fest and Barbecue takes place at The Aud on Sunday, September 1, 2019 as part of the Kitchener Rangers 2019 Preseason Showcase running Friday, August 30th- Sunday, September 1st, 2019.
Fans have the opportunity to meet the Rangers players, enjoy a BBQ lunch and take part in a number of activities including inflatable games and rides!
The Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program, as always, is on hand to collect new or gently used hockey equipment. Fans are encouraged to donate to those members of our community that would very much appreciate the gesture.
Following the BBQ, the Rangers host the final game of the Preseason Showcase vs. the Peterborough Petes at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the door with general seating for the game.
Hockey Day in Rangers Nation
The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club 2018-19 Hockey Day in Rangers Nation took place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at The Aud.
Now in its ninth year, Hockey Day in Rangers Nation aimed to engage the region’s 10-year-old Major Atom house league hockey players, providing them the opportunity to participate in an authentic Rangers’ Game Day Experience.
Fourteen house league teams from around the Waterloo Region experienced what it’s like to be part of the Kitchener Rangers as they played a full game against a team from outside of their own league. Hockey Day in Rangers Nation is an annual event that is offered free to the participants, however, teams were required to purchase a minimal group ticket package for the Rangers’ home game the following afternoon against the Kingston Frontenacs at 2pm.
When teams arrived on Hockey Day in Rangers Nation, they were greeted by their very own dressing room attendant. The game-day experience continued with pre-game introductions and full use of The Aud’s state of the art centre ice video board. Following their game, each player received a gift package and post-game meal. The following day, players will re-lived their day as Hockey Day highlights were broadcast on the video scoreboard at the Rangers game against the Frontenacs.
Hockey Day in Rangers Nation was limited to 14 teams that were selected through a lottery process.
● Player gift package
● 1 hour game between 8am – 5pm
● Announcer/Video score clock
● National anthem
● Dressing room attendant
● Post game meal
● Highlight video during the Rangers game the next day on the centre ice video board
Hockey Day in Rangers Nation is an annual event that is offered free to the participants, however teams are required to purchase a minimum of 30 tickets to the Rangers’ home game the following afternoon.
Ivan Tennant Memorial Scholarship Award
Applications for this year’s Ivan Tennant Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted.
The Kitchener Rangers’ Ivan Tennant Memorial Scholarship is an award available to students from the Region of Waterloo entering first-year undergraduate studies in a Canadian post-secondary institution.
In 2005, the name of the award was changed to honour long time Rangers education consultant Ivan Tennant. The Scholarship Fund is administered through the KW Community Foundation.
The response from the community and previous recipients has been very positive and the scholarship program has become a large part of our proud Rangers tradition.
Awards are not based solely on academic performance and will be paid in the second semester directly to the recipient’s post-secondary institution.
Since 2004, the Kitchener Rangers Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $317,550 in scholarships in honour of Ivan Tennant.
Last season we were happy to announce the awarding of $18,100 in scholarships to 22 graduates of Waterloo Region high schools to bring the total to $335,650.
The recipients were presented their awards during the pre-game ceremony on Friday, December 28th, 2018.
Deadline for applications is July 15, 2019.
Those interested in applying for a 2019 scholarship must complete the application form and mail or drop off in person to:
c/o Ivan Tennant Memorial Scholarship Award
1963 Eugene George Way, Kitchener, ON N2H 0B8
Office hours of operation: M-F 9:30 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm
Download your application here.
The Kitchener Rangers offer schools in Waterloo Region the opportunity to participate in the Kitchener Rangers School Tour. Comprised of the Read with the Rangers program and Captain’s Clinic, the Kitchener Rangers School Tour brings the fun of Kitchener Rangers hockey to the classroom.
READ WITH THE RANGERS
Read with the Rangers focused on the importance of literacy while having fun. Students had the opportunity to read with their favourite Rangers players and learn a little more about the players’ experiences with reading and education. Recommended for students JK – Grade 3.
Two Rangers players visit the classroom, read one book (provided by the Rangers) and discuss the material with the class, covering important lessons like respect, goal-setting, sportsmanship and teamwork. Once the reading portion of the program is completed, students ask the players questions (time permitting).
Captain’s Clinics focus on the importance of health and physical activity while learning fundamental hockey skills from some of Canada’s top junior hockey players. Students will have the opportunity to practice hockey specific skills and utilize these skills in a game with their favourite Rangers players. Recommended for students Grades 2 and up.
Two Rangers players visit the gym class and lead the students in a hockey training session designed especially for them. The players will explain the importance of each part of the session and how the skills apply to their game. At the conclusion of the training session, students ask the players questions (time permitting).
Schools interested in hosting a Captain’s Clinic MUST provide the following equipment: floor hockey sticks and protective eyewear (enough for the full class and the Rangers), four (4) hockey nets, two (2) balls and two (2) referees.
All spots for the Kitchener Rangers School Tour for the 2018-19 season have been filled.
To learn more about the program, please email Rochelle Thiel, Community Events and Merchandising Manager at email@example.com.
Remembrance Day Jersey Auction
The 2018 Remembrance Day Jersey Auction was held on November 9, 2018 when the Rangers hosted the visiting Sarnia Sting at 7:30pm. This year marked the 14th season the Rangers wore a commemorative jersey. The Jersey’s were worn in London on Sunday, November 11th.
The 2018 Commemorative Remembrance Day Jersey was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. On November 11, 1918 the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously as an outpouring of relief that the war had come to an end. The front crest features the Dove, a symbol of peace, with a bell adorning the right shoulder of the jersey.
Paying tribute and honouring those who have been a part of the Canadian Forces.
Fans were able to place bids to purchase the special jerseys through a silent auction during the game. All proceeds from the auction will benefited the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Conestoga Garrison and the Kitchener-Waterloo Poppy Fund.
CLICK HERE to view a history of the Kitchener Rangers Commemorative Remembrance Day Jersey’s.
Special Hockey Benefit Game
On January 23rd, 2019 the Kitchener Rangers hosted the 12th annual Special Hockey Benefit Game, where the Cambridge Ice Hounds took on the Kitchener Rangers at The Aud.
Admission to the game was complimentary and monetary donations were welcomed at the door, with all proceeds going to the Cambridge Ice Hounds. Those in attendance raised $1,274 and were entered to win an autographed Kitchener Rangers jersey.
The Rangers alternate benefit games between the Cambridge Ice Hounds and Kitchener Ice Pirates. The 2018 Special Hockey Game took place on January 30th when the Kitchener Ice Pirates took on the Kitchener Rangers.
The Ice Hounds and Ice Pirates are two local hockey teams comprised of more than 100 children and adults who have developmental or physical challenges that prevent them from participating in traditional hockey programs. The goal of both teams is to provide individuals with an opportunity to experience the great Canadian game in a setting where there are no age groups, no tryouts, and everyone has a role. Players don’t need to know how to skate, hold a stick or handle a puck though many of them do this very well. All that is required is a heart and desire to do what many others take for granted; being part of a team, learning about teamwork and most of all having fun playing Canada’s game. The teams travel all over southwestern Ontario to face other teams in many major cities. Friendships are made during these games and the experiences will last a lifetime.
Sun Life Financial Kids in Gear
Launched in August 2010, the Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program assists with the collection and purchase of hockey equipment for youth who require financial support in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. The equipment collected is ultimately sold to a local sports store that provides credits to purchase new equipment for Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) and the Donna’s Kids Program. The program also provides financial support and assists with playing fees for families.
HOCKEY EQUIPMENT DONATION
Not sure what to do with that used hockey equipment? Drop it to The Aud in our Kid’s in Gear bin located in the main box office entrance under the stairwell. As well, equipment donations can be brought throughout the season to the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association during their regular business hours of operation. KMHA is located at 135 Lennox Lewis Way Kitchener, ON N2C 2V1.
WARM-UP JERSEY AUCTION
Each season an online auction is held for the chance to own special edition warm-up jerseys worn by the Rangers prior to each home game. Bidding has now closed and winners will be notified.
RANGERS PENALTY KILL DONATION, COURTESY OF HEFFNER TOYOTA
For every successful 2018-19 Rangers penalty kill in the regular season and playoffs, Heffner Toyota donated $10 to Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear.
KIDS IN GEAR MASK DESIGN CONTEST & DAVID ARRIGO
This season, Sun Life Financial and the Kitchener Rangers are again working with artist David Arrigo to bring the Kids in Gear program to life through the 4th Annual Kids In Gear Mask Design contest for children 12 years old and under, with David painting the winning design. David is a renowned artist known for his artwork across the sports world including helmets, motor vehicles, murals, etc.). To enter and find out more click here>
KMHA AND DONNA’S KIDS
Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, as part of their mandate, provides financial support for children in this community who, without our assistance, would not be afforded the opportunity to participate in organized hockey in the City of Kitchener. Monies for this cause have been donated by various individuals and organizations over the years, however with increasing demands we have the need to provide further support for this program. One hundred percent of the funds raised are channeled directly to either purchase equipment for children or subsidize registration costs.
Looking for support for your child? Contact:
Kitchener Minor Hockey Association’s Donna’s Kids program
Looking to make a monetary donation? Contact:
Treena Hennessey at 519-576-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to make an equipment donation?
New or gently used hockey equipment donations may be dropped to the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association at 135 Lennox Lewis Way Kitchener, ON N2C 2V1
Teddy Bear Toss
Recipient Form & Pickup / Forms may be filled out on-site if you have not done it in advance.
- REGISTER: Click here to download a recipient form or pick one up in-person at our office. Forms will also be available at our registration desk at time of pickup. All are welcome.
- PICKUP: started at 7:30am on December 12th in the Zamboni bay at The Aud. New this year we had a staffed registration desk. While quantities last.
24 years. 153,809 donated bears.
The 24th Annual Kitchener Rangers Teddy Bear Toss happened on Tuesday, December 11 when the Rangers played host to the Oshawa Generals. Fans brought a new or gently used teddy bear to the game and immediately following the Rangers first goal, threw their bear onto the ice surface. Bears were collected & are currently being turned over to local charitable organizations just in time for Christmas.
Teddy Bear Guidelines & Restrictions
- SIZE: The most asked for bears are the small to medium-large! Giant bears are fun, but are harder to rehome.
- MATERIAL: Steer clear of any bears with battery packs or larger hard surfaces. The toss is meant to be enjoyable for all fans and throwing a hard object could cause injury to someone in the crowd. Fluffy and soft is the way to go!
- CLEAN: It’s important we keep these stuffies dry and clean for their future owners. Remember to place bears in a clear plastic bag. This will ensure they don’t pick up any dirt or water on the ice or ground.
Purchase your bear from Canadian Tire!
- Bears were available for purchase at all five Canadian tire Stores in Kitchener-Waterloo
- Canadian Tire was also on-site selling bears pre-game on December 11 at entrances and in the North Concourse
Again this season, the Kitchener Rangers partner with Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program, a national charity dedicated to providing children from financially disadvantaged families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sport and physical activity.
|Date of Game||Teddy Bear Goal Scorer||Time of Goal||First Goal of Game||Opponent & Result||No. of Bears Collected|
|Dec. 11, 2018||Nick McHugh||2nd 8:34||No||4-3 OTL vs. OSH||10,630|
|Dec. 5, 2017||Adam Mascherin||1st 15:24||No||8-5 L vs. WSR||10,908|
|Dec. 7, 2016||Connor Bunnaman||2nd 1:27||No||5-1 L vs. MIS||10,527|
|Dec. 8, 2015||Connor Bunnaman||1st 12:51||Yes||5-2 W vs. GUE||10,190|
|Dec. 9, 2014||Liam Maaskant||1st 1:12||Yes||7-4 W vs. ER||9,882|
|Dec. 10, 2013||Nick Magyar||1st 12:28||Yes||6-4 L vs. LDN||9,645|
|Dec. 4, 2012||Brent Pedersen||1st 6:28||Yes||3-2 SOL vs. GUE||8,870|
|Dec. 6, 2011||Zach Lorentz||1st 7:54||Yes||4-2 W vs. LDN||7,762|
|Dec. 7, 2010||Matt Tipoff||1st 0:56||Yes||4-3 W vs. GUE||6,952|
|Dec. 8, 2009||Jason Akeson||1st 12:13||No||5-2 W vs. GUE||6,831|
|Dec. 3, 2008||Jason Akeson||2nd 13:10 [SHG]||No||4-2 L vs. ER||6,528|
|Dec. 5, 2007||Justin Azevedo||2nd 9:37||No||5-4 OTL vs. BRA||6,013|
|Dec. 5, 2006||Kevin Henderson||1st 15:42 [PPG]||No||4-3 W vs. MIS||5,666|
|Dec. 7, 2005||Yves Bastien||1st 7:23||Yes||3-2 W vs. LDN||5,472|
|Dec. 8, 2004||Mike Duco||1st 18:25||No||5-3 L vs. LDN||5,096|
|Dec. 16, 2003||Jesse Boucher||1st 11:38||No||4-4 Tie vs. MIS||5,069|
|Dec. 3, 2002||Evan McGrath||1st 0:20||Yes||3-2 W vs. GUE||5,051|
|Dec. 4, 2001||Jeff Szwez||2nd 18:11||No||3-3 Tie vs. GUE||4,607|
|Dec. 12, 2000||Steve Eminger||1st 7:10||No||4-2 W vs. LDN||4,305|
|Dec. 10, 1999||Mike Mazzuca||1st 8:23||Yes||6-4 W vs. TOR||4,265|
|Dec. 1, 1998||Serge Payer||1st 10:11||Yes||5-3 L vs. ER||3,896|
|Dec., 1997||Jeff Ambrosio||2,100|
|Dec., 1996||Darcy Harris||2,092|
|Dec., 1995||Paul Traynor||1,452|
One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in organized sports or physical activities, meaning many kids are missing out on a chance to be competitive, learn fair play, and the spirit of companionship. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing barriers so that children can participate in organized sports and physical activity by helping to cover the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation for children who meet Jumpstart’s funding criteria.
To apply for assistance, call our toll free number at 1-877-616-6600 and based on your postal code a representative will provide a contact on the closest Jumpstart chapter. To find out more information about Jumpstart, please visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.
Tim Hortons Timbit Game
Perhaps the most traditional game night program is the Tim Hortons Timbit Minor Hockey Intermission Game. For most game nights, two area teams participate in a six-minute game on the ice during the second period intermission. The participating teams are provided Tim Hortons jerseys for the evening to wear in their respective games.
This program is perhaps the most popular and successful intermission program that the Rangers present on each game night. This program is an excellent support vehicle for minor hockey associations and allows the participating children the thrill of playing on the ice that the Kitchener Rangers players and many other professional hockey players have played on!
This intermission game includes girls and boys teams primarily from ages 5-8. Teams from all over Southwestern Ontario including Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Elmira, Tavistock, New Hamburg, Listowel, Woodstock and other surrounding towns and villages have worn the red, white and blue of the Rangers/Tim Hortons mini games.
If your minor hockey team(s) would be between the ages of 5-8 and would like to participate this season, please contact Zach Foss at email@example.com or (519) 576-3700 ext. 238.