It is with sadness that the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club received news last night of the passing of Eugene George, one of our club’s founders and our first president.
Mr. George was an integral part of the group that brought the Rangers to Kitchener in 1963. He served as president during the team’s first five years of operation when the club was owned by the New York Rangers, until it became a “community team” under his guidance in 1967.
It was Mr. George’s vision, that the team would belong to the community, and not to private ownership, and this idea has been the foundation of the Rangers organization for the past 50 years.
“I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know Mr. George on a personal basis,” stated Chief Operating Officer / Governor, Steve Bienkowski. “He was never reluctant to pick up the phone and make his observations, as I like to call them, known to me. During our talks, he made his pride and passion about our organization very clear. We have lost a significant leader, who impacted us all with what he did not only for our team, but for the entire business community.”
On behalf our fans and entire organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire George family.