Rangers Welcome Peter DeBoer

I started to follow the Kitchener Rangers and attend games frequently during the 2002-03 season when the won the Memorial Cup. Good time to join the fandom!

Peter DeBoer came to Kitchener the year prior with Steve Spott by his side from the now former Plymouth Whalers.

The two lead Kitchener to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2003 in Quebec, and lead the team to the Memorial Cup final in 2008 as the host city. Both year the Rangers were league champions as well.

Before puck drop I could see a familiar face standing between the penalty boxes from my seats, and when his name was called my jaw dropped.

A fan favourite who has coached 2 NHL teams since his leave of the OHL after hosting the Memorial Cup in 2008, he was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd and a roaring applause. After the ceremonial puck drop he nodded at both benches, then pointed to the home town bench showing his support for the last OHL team he coach, resulting in another loud cheer from the fans.

Although DeBoer is currently without a team, Rangers fans will always stand behind him where ever his career takes him.

Thank you Peter DeBoer for your hard work and years put into the Kitchener Rangers, and Plymouth Whalers, and good luck to wherever your career takes you next.

kaitlyn.kilgour
Born in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo, where I became a die hard Kitchener Rangers fan! Graduate from Conestoga College with a diploma in Broadcast Television. My dream is to be on on-air sports broadcaster one day, and cover women's hockey with Cassie Campbell. Favourite NHL teams are the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes. I am very happy to be a part of Local Sports Report as a writer for the Kitchener Rangers!