This season we have the opportunity of honouring three overage players. Today, we honour defenceman, Connor Hall. Connor has had an unfortunate run with injuries but has been an integral part of this team for the past five seasons. We are so grateful to have Connor as a member of our team. He will truly be missed.
The Cambridge ON native began his career here in Kitchener in 2014. Over the past five seasons, Connor has been a leader both on and off the ice. Growing up as a Rangers season ticket holder, Connor always had a dream of playing on East Ave. He even lived down the street from Eugene George’s grandson and played against him throughout the years.
“Playing in the OHL was a dream come true, but to play in Kitchener is another level,” smiled Connor. “I don’t know much about other organizations, but talking to other players around the league, the Rangers have the best organization in my opinion. I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else.”
Connor has had an unfortunate run with injuries, but his no-quit attitude has not gone unnoticed. His dreams of playing professional hockey are still alive. He hopes to be a role model for young players on how to overcome adversity.
“Keep with it. I have had numerous injuries, but I stuck with it. Obviously, the outcome of my injury didn’t help me and my OHL career, but there is always time,” said Connor. “It’s not fun, it sucks sitting in the stands, but you just have to push through. Nothing is better than being able to play in a game, especially playoffs. Never quit.”
Without the support of the organization, Connor doesn’t know where he would be right now. He is beyond grateful for the opportunity they have given him.
“I thank everyone top to bottom, even the guys who have left. Obviously, I would like to thank Jay and Mike who really believed in me and helped me a lot,” Connor said humbly. “Even keeping me this year and having me around the room instead of dropping me means a lot. It shows a lot about how much they care. It is humbling.”
The fans have also been a highlight of his time here in Kitchener. Whether he is out on a community appearance, or just at the mall on a Saturday afternoon, he truly enjoys interacting with all the fans.
“I love how much the fans get into it the game,” smiled Connor. “Playing here is a lot different than any other rink. We have a lot of passionate fans, and that’s why we fill this arena. For our fans, they’re the best in our league, and we are really happy to have them.”
Looking ahead to the future, Connor just wants to support his team as they make a push through the playoffs. He also hopes to reach some of his personal goals along the way as well.
“I hope to have a long career with hockey. I am just trying to get my body and mentality in the right place. I am focused on getting myself in shape and getting a camp invite where I can show what I can do.”
The Kitchener Rangers would like to share our appreciation to Connor Hall and all of our overage players including Kyle Gentles and Cole Cameron. Late last week, we shared stories acknowledging Kyle Gentles and Cole Cameron. We wish them the best and thank them for being a part of Rangers Nation.