Ranger Orientation Night… April 16th

The Assiniboine Park Rangers AA Hockey program will be having an orientation evening for the parents of children who will be eligible to enter the Ranger program this fall. This is for boys who are the appropriate age for Minor Peewee hockey and girls who are the appropriate age for Peewee hockey.

Ranger Board Members will be on hand to outline the program and answer questions.

We encourage everyone considering AA hockey for their child who lives within the APHA to come and find out what the Rangers are all about!

It will be Wednesday April 16 at River Heights Community Club from 7:00 to 8:00 pm .











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Ranger Banquet…

A reminder to everyone that the Ranger Banquet will be held next Wednesday, April 9th at the Victoria Inn. Cocktails are at 5:30 and Dinner will served at 6:30.

All teams should have distributed their assigned tickets.

We’re looking forward to a great evening to celebrate the past season!


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Minor Bantam Rangers Are City Champions!

In a thrilling OT final, the Minor Bantam Rangers swept the Railcats three games straight in the best of five final to become the 2013-2014 Minor Bantam City Champions.

The game started well with Josh Kagan drawing the first blood in the opening frame.  Then the Railcats came back with two unanswered goals in the second, putting the Rangers behind 2-1.  Things were getting tense in the third period until, with 14 minutes to play in regulation, Brendan Chambers took the rebound off a shot from the point by Bo Spence to tie it up.  The rest of the period was a closely checked battle with neither team getting the upper hand, putting the match into overtime.

With 11:10 remaining in OT, Josh Samyn won the face off in the Railcat’s zone, fed it to Ben Wicha who flipped it over to Drake Bergin in the slot.  Bergin controlled the puck and shot it past the Railcat defence and goalie for the game – and series – winning goal.

Having never beaten the Railcats during the regular season (two losses and two ties), the Rangers came into the finals as the underdogs.  But the boys showed they can rise to the occasion, winning the first to games in the series by scores of 2-0 and 3-1.  The recipe for success against the fast Railcats was close checking, solid defence and outstanding goal keeping by Gordie Kinsman, who had a total play off record of 8-1-1.

The final score tells it all

The final score tells it all

The Rangers congratulate the Railcats for an exceptional year.

The parents and the players of the Minor Bantam Rangers would like to thank the coaching staff for their dedication and commitment to the team.  We watched the team progress from a rag-tag group of boys – many of whom had never before played together – to become a well disciplined team.  And winning the City Championship to boot!  Not too shabby for a bunch of boys most of who, until this year, played A1 level hockey!  Without the coaching staff, the season would have not ended on such a high note.  Thanks to:

George Seidel, Head Coach                                                                                                            Brian “Smitty” Smith, Assistant Coach                                                                                    Graham Robinson, Assistant Coach                                                                                                    David Warren, Assistant Coach

Celebration!  Hugs all around.

Celebration! Hugs all around.


Meet the Champions!

Meet the Champions!




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Game Five Ends with Defeat for Minor Peewee Rangers

Game Five Ends with Defeat for Minor Peewee Rangers

The Rangers dominated the first period, and battled hard though the remainder of the game. The game was lost in the final three seconds with a score of 5 – 4. The Brandon Wheatkings must be congratulated on their success.

The End.

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Minor Peewee Final Series Tied 2 – 2

Minor Peewee Final Series Tied 2 - 2

In an astonishing turn of events, the Minor Peewee Rangers found their lead in the final minute of tonight’s game turn to a tie of 4 – 4 that led to overtime. The Brandon Wheatkings squeaked out a win tying the series 2 – 2. As a result, a “SHARKNADO” warning has been issued for the area of Allard Arena for the evening of Tuesday, March 25th starting at 7:15 pm.

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Blood in the Water – Minor Peewee Rangers Circling!

Blood in the Water - Minor Peewee Rangers Circling!

The Minor Peewee Rangers struck twice in the opening period spilling some fresh blood. It took most of the season ……but our young Rangers seem to have learned that shooting center mass on the opposition wasn’t going to get the job done. While Brandon was able to put one goal in net, the Rangers kept circling their prey like sharks patiently taking little bites of chum here and there until they took the win – defeating the Wheatkings 6 – 1. The series lead now belongs to the Rangers: 2 to 1. The next game is Sunday, March 23rd, with the puck dropping at 4:45 pm at Allard arena. Go Rangers Go!!!!

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Bantam Rangers Take City Championship

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Game three of the best of five went down at Gateway last night and in a back and forth affair that was never dull, the Bantam Rangers swept the Rail Cats to take the city finals. The Rangers started slow and fell behind 2 – 0 early in the first period. As has been their way all season, the boys did not panic and continued to move the puck and play their game. The rallied back on goals by Max McLean and Matt Lawrence to tie the game in the second period and then took the lead 3 -2 on another short handed goal by Matt Lawrence as they finished the second period. The Rail Cats are strong opponents and they were not going to lie down. They continued to press and tied the game at three early in the third period.

This was nail biting time for the fans but they should have known better. Skai McLean took a long lead pass from Sean Robinson and roared down the centre of the ice to put the Rangers ahead for good. The Rangers rode the red hot goaltending of Evan Baty once again as the Rail Cats tried to score the equalizer but it wasn’t to be. Destiny was on the side of the Bantams this night.

The Rangers would like to congratulate the Rail Cats on a great series and a great season.

No championship is never won without great leadership. The players would like thank the efforts and sacrifice put in by the coaching staff led by Keith Carson and aided by Tyler, Dan and Lou. They put in countless hours and the boys really played for them. The players also want to thank the management of Craig McLean who had a second full time job arranging ice, booking travel and doing the million little things that enable the players and coaches to concentrate on hockey.

Lastly the players want to thank the fans. The mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings who showed up on some very dark, cold nights to cheer them on their good nights and bad.

It’s a Championship Season – savour the moment and tuck away the memories. These are special times.

It’s a great day to be a Ranger – ya gotta love it.

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Aaack! Series tied 1 – 1 for Minor Peewees

Aaack!  Series tied 1 - 1 for Minor Peewees

A late game rally could not bring the Rangers back in the second game of the series. Despite scoring the first goal, a series of penalties gave the Brandon Wheatkings just enough of an advantage to pull away with the win. The final score of the game was 6 – 4 in favor of the Wheatkings. The teams are now tied 1 – 1 in the series. The third game will be on Saturday, March 22nd – puck drops at 2:15 pm in Allard Arena. Go Rangers Go!

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Rangers Strike First Blood Against Rail Cats

It was a thriller at Gateway last night as the Bantam Rangers held on to take the first game of the best of five series with the Rail Cats by a score of 4 – 2. Coach Carson had a depleted squad as both Thompson and Nanton were on the injured reserve but with some deft line juggling he got the most out of his team.

The Rangers carried the play in the first period and went up 2 – 0 early on goals by Hansell and Robinson. But the Rail Cats have a full squad and talented team. They scored in the second to make it a one goal game.  As we headed into the the third, the Rail Cats continued to press only to be turned away by Baty’s stellar goaltending as he remained very calm and in control in the net.

The Rail Cats finally tied it up in the third on a strange goal that was hotly contested by the coaching staff. Many teams would have been deflated by the call but our Bantams were undaunted and fed off the controversy.

With less than 10 minutes, Skai McLean went into the Rail Cats zone and forced a turnover that led to him popping in the winning goal while Hansell scored his second of the game on a pretty three way passing play to provide some breathing room (much to the relief of his Dad who likes a two goal lead over a one goal lead). 

Further shut down defense ensued with Justl, Gorenstein, McLuckie and Spence maintaining a high level of intensity despite logging a lot of minutes on the ice.

Have to give Fans of the Game to Mrs. Gorenstein and Mr. McLean for driving at warp speed to get their players to the game for puck drop! Good job.

Round two is Thursday night back at Gateway – the Bantams will be rested and ready!

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Wheatkings Strike First….Rangers Strike Often

Wheatkings Strike First....Rangers Strike Often

The Brandon Wheatkings drove the long and winding road into Rangerstown this afternoon to face off at Allard Arena. The Wheatkings experienced a momentary glimmer of hope by scoring the first goal. However, the Rangers swiftly answered back and the fight was on. The score held fast 1 – 1, tied through the first two periods. And then the zamboni came out and it seemed that it was the slowest zamboni run ever in the history of Minor Peewee Hockey. The Rangers returned to the ice and enthusiastically struck often. Final score of the game was 5 – 2 and earned the Rangers the first win of the series. One down…two to go! Next game is Thursday, March 20th, at 7:15 pm at the Civic Center. Go Rangers Go!!!

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