2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 18-11-4 (4th Place)
2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Lost in 7 to Waterloo in Semi-Finals (Advanced to OHL Cup)
2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 4-23-3 (11th Place)
2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 3 to London in Quarter-Finals
The Major Bantam season for the Kitchener Jr. Rangers was a disappointing one to say the least, but the addition of arguably the best skater in the league and the coaching of Dean DeSilva could lead to vast improvement.
The 2000 group for Kitchener last year definitely started slow. It was about midway through October when the Jr. Rangers found themselves near the bottom of the standings. But slowly Kitchener fought their way back with strong defense and timely scoring. The team found success with multiple forwards scoring on a nightly basis and Rhett Kimmel being a rock in net. Kitchener took Waterloo to a final deciding game, ultimately losing the series. They also took the Don Mills Flyers to OT in the OHL Cup, losing after what I can a fringe penalty against them.
For the Major Bantam squad, they were dealt a blow before the season even started with the news that top scorer Justin McCombs would be making the jump to Minor Midget a year early. With the loss of McCombs, Kitchener would end up scoring just 49 goals in 30 games last season. A surprise win over Windsor in the preliminary round was followed by a quick sweep at the hands of the London Jr. Knights.
Heading into the current season, McCombs will be reunited with his former teammates and will be performing against players his own age once again. In exhibition play against Grey-Bruce, McCombs was by far the faster player on the ice and was difficult to contain, which is a trend I expect to see continue throughout the season. Aside from McCombs, the Jr. Rangers do have some solid forwards up front. Cole and Taylor Schwindt are both solid players and Braeden Trussler showed some flash in viewings last season. Chris Adlys will be the anchor on the back end helping to improve on a defense that allowed over 100 goals last season.
I definitely believe that Kitchener will be a much improved team based upon last season’s statistics. Size is one thing this team does not possess much of, something previous Kitchener teams have thrived on. Regardless, DeSilva will have this team competitive and fighting for playdown positioning at the end of the year.
2016/17 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Roster
No roster available at this time