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The Kitchener Rangers organization understands its responsibilities to our community and to the vision of our founders. We are pleased to contribute to various endeavours and community groups, including but not limited to the following:

Anthem Program

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Each season choir members from within the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Region Catholic School Board are invited to perform the National Anthem at our Rangers’ home games.

Choir members are provided complimentary tickets, commemorative t-shirts and the opportunity to perform before a large audience.

The 2021-22 Anthem Program is presented by Civilian Screen Printing.

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Blue C.R.E.W. - Cops & Rangers Educating Waterloo Region

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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 build on each other’s 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.

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Sun Life Kids In Gear Charity Car Drive

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The Sun Life Kids In Gear Charity Drive is back!

 

The 2022 Sun Life  Kids In Gear Charity Drive once again gives one lucky fan a chance to drive away in a brand new 2022 SUV!

As well as six fans will receive the opportunity to win exciting prizing courtesy of the Kitchener Rangers and Kitchener Minor Hockey Association.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning March 4th at our home game. Tickets can be purchased at the Jersey Raffle table located at the top of the stairs from the Stirling and Ottawa main entrances.

1 for $20 or 3 for $50

Draws for all prizing listed below will take place live at the Kitchener Rangers home game on Friday, April 1, 2022, during the first intermission. Winners not in attendance will be notified by telephone. For complete rules and regulations click here.

This year’s winner will have the choice of one of three vehicles:

  • 2022 MAZDA CX-5*
  • 2022 Chevrolet Equinox*
  • 2022 TOYOTA Rav4*(VALUED AT $32,000 – $39,000)

*Delivery of vehicle subject to availability from the dealership. Colour of SUV will be determined based on available stock at the dealership when prize is awarded. Base model package awarded.

Other fantastic prizes available are:

  1. A pair of Kitchener Rangers Season Tickets, Valued at $1,600
  2. Yard-Man 28 inch Snowblower, Valued at $1,650
  3. Hogg Fuels gas card, Valued at $1,000
  4. One free KMHA registration, Valued at $550
  5. A Free Jr Rangers/Lady Ranger Rookies or Learn to Skate Registration
    (Two available & to be drawn separately), Valued $200 / each

Proceeds from the Charity Drive support, Sun Life Kids In Gear. Sun Life Kids in Gear is a Kitchener Rangers community program. The program provides financial support for children in our community who otherwise would not be afforded the opportunity to participate in organized hockey. Sun Life Kids In Gear, benefits programs such as Donna’s Kids, a program run by the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA).

Total tickets available 7,000
Lottery license: # M825825
CASH ONLY

 

 

 

Clarky's Kids

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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 National Hockey League player, 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.

To find out more about POGO visit their website at http://www.pogo.ca/
To find out more about Grand River Hospital visit their website at http://www.grandriverhospital.on.ca/

POGO Charitable Registration Number: 871067245RR0001
Grand River Hospital Foundation Charitable Business Number: 88918 0394 RR 0001

 

 

Community Corner

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We look forward to continuing to bring together members of our community in the 2021-22 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:

  1. Your event/group/organization logo to be shown on our centre ice video board. Your logo is placed in our Community Corner video.
  2. One 6 foot table with two chairs in our designated Community Corner where you may present your messaging as fans enter the venue.
  3. Space for two (2) volunteers to help share your group’s message.

POLICY
We run on a first-come, first-served basis. The 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.

REGULATIONS

  1. The event organizer must complete the application form in full to be considered.
  2. We will not accept applications from third-party fundraisers, groups or businesses or personal/team fundraising.
  3. Priority is given to those located in Waterloo Region.
  4. One application per year/per group is allowed.
  5. 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. The ticket holder acknowledges all risks incidental to any game or event and hereby agrees to assume the 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.
  6. No more than two (2) volunteers will be allowed access.
  7. Activities at your Community Corner must not conflict with any Ranger’s promotions. You must have approval from the 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.
  8. Volunteers must touch base with Rangers upon arrival and a table must be set up before the venue opens to the public: 1.5 hours prior to game time.
  9. The table must not be left unattended at any time during the game.
  10. Volunteers and staff at the table should conduct themselves in a manner of which they would behave at the organization’s facilities.
  11. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the building.

PROCESSING
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.

More details on how to apply for this season coming soon. 

 

 

Don Cameron Potato Night

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In 1996-97, the first Don Cameron Potato Night took place at The Aud.

Over the past 25 Don Cameron Potato Nights, Rangers fans have raised more than the equivalent of half a million pounds of potatoes for families in need.

TICKETS AVAILABLE: Join us on Friday, March 4th for this annual event! Click here to learn more. 

Founded in 1939, House of Friendship serves Waterloo Region with a vision to build a community where all can belong and thrive. Annually, HOF provides support to more than 42,000 people who need access to food, shelter, addiction treatment and vital community resources. For more information, visit www.houseoffriendship.org.

 

 

Preseason Showcase

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The 2021 Preseason Showcase will not be held this year.

 

 

Fan Fest and Barbecue

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For over 22 years, our Fan Fest and Barbecue has supported Make-A-Wish Canada (formerly Children’s Wish Foundation) by raising over $203,000. In respect of current health guidelines, we will not be hosting the event this year.

Thank you, Rangers Nation, for your continued support in creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

 

 

Hockey Day in Rangers Nation

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Hockey Day is not running this season, please check back for 2022-23 details.

Hockey Day in Rangers Nation aims to engage the region’s 10-year-old Major Atom house league hockey players, providing them with 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 play 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 are required to purchase a minimal group ticket package for a Rangers home game.

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 re-lived their day as Hockey Day highlights were broadcast on the video scoreboard during the game.

Hockey Day in Rangers Nation is limited to 14 teams that are selected through a lottery process.

EXCLUSIVE RANGERS GAME DAY EXPERIENCE:

● Player gift package
● 1 hour game between 8 am and 5 pm
● Announcer/Video score clock
● Introductions/Highlights
● 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.

School Tour

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Applications for the 2021-22 Kitchener Rangers School Tour has been closed for this season.

Please check back for information regarding the 22-23 Season. 

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 CLINIC
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 eye-wear (enough for the full class and the Rangers), four (4) hockey nets, two (2) balls and two (2) referees.

 

 

Remembrance Day Jersey Auction

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Over the years, the Rangers pay tribute to those who have been a part of the Canadian Forces by wearing commemorative jerseys.

This year’s edition will was worn on November 5th when the Flint Firebirds visited The Aud at 7:30pm. The game featured a special ceremony and puck drop.

The 2021-22 jersey was inspired by the Kitchener-Waterloo community and their ability to come together to support WWII efforts.

In June of 1940, a local Kitchener Citizen heard reports of an urgent need for modern tanks. The person who wished to remain anonymous walked into City Hall, placed a cheque for $100 on the mayor’s desk, and said it was to be used to start a fund to buy a tank for the C.A.S.F.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Sales and Advertising Club took over the fund, added $1,000 and launched a community campaign. The Buy-A-Tank campaign raised $38,000 as of June 22nd and continued to climb. Word spread and inspired other communities such as Toronto to organize similar campaigns.

The front crest of the 2021 jersey featured a design inspired by the tanks that were used in that era. The shoulders feature the Kitchener clock tower with WWII marking and the Kitchener Rangers shield.

Fans placed bids to purchase the special jerseys through a silent auction before and during the game.

All proceeds from the auction benefitted the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Conestoga Garrison and the Kitchener-Waterloo Poppy Fund through Rangers Reach.

Since its inception, the commemorative jersey auction has raised over $350,000 for its beneficiaries.

CLICK HERE to view a history of the Kitchener Rangers Commemorative Remembrance Day Jersey’s.

 

 

Special Hockey Practices

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The Kitchener Rangers have shown their continued support for the Cambridge Ice Hounds Special Hockey Club by attending their annual friendship tournaments.

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.

For more information on the Cambridge Ice Hounds, please visit: Twitter and Facebook
For more information on the Kitchener Ice Pirates, please visit kitchenerminorhockey.com/Categories/1638/

 

 

Sun Life Kids in Gear

Thank you to Sun Life Financial for a $10,000 donation to Kids In Gear

Launched in August 2010, the Sun Life 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 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 Kids 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.

Please check back for information about the 2021/22 auction.

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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.

INFORMATION
Looking for support for your child? Contact:
Kitchener Minor Hockey Association’s Donna’s Kids program
www.donnaskids.ca

Looking to make a monetary donation? Contact us at 519-576-3700 or caubin@kitchenerrangers.com

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

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26 years. 172,267 donated bears.

The 26th Annual Kitchener Rangers Teddy Bear Toss took place on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 when the Rangers played host to the London Knights. Fans were encouraged to bring a new teddy bear or plush toy to the game and, immediately following the Rangers’ first goal, throw their bear onto the ice surface. Bears were collected and turned over to local charitable organizations following the game – just in time for Christmas. The Kitchener Rangers partnered 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.

For more information on the Teddy Bear Toss CLICK HERE

 

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Date of Game Teddy Bear Goal Scorer Time of Goal First Goal of Game Opponent & Result No. of Bears Collected
Dec. 7, 2021 Carson Rehkopf 1st 11:08 No 6-2 L vs. LDN 7,406
Dec. 10, 2019 Jesse Fishman 2nd 3:46 Yes 4-0 W vs. LDN 11,052
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.

Please check back for information regarding this program, please contact Director of Ticketing, Zach Foss at zfoss@kitchenerrangers.com