In 1963, Eugene George and a group of Kitchener businessmen brought the Guelph Royals, a farm team of the NHL’s New York Rangers, to Kitchener and renamed them the Kitchener Rangers Junior “A” Hockey Club. The New York Rangers sponsorship of the team ended in 1967 with the expansion of the NHL’s “Original Six’” Era, so on July 7, 1967, George agreed to purchase the team from the New York Rangers for a sum of one dollar. He declined the opportunity for private ownership but instead turned the team over to the community through the creation of a not-for-profit organization. Our community is what makes us who we are.
The Aud is part of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex which is regarded as one of the finest multi-purpose facilities in all of Canada. It is one of Ontario’s premier locations for minor hockey and adult hockey tournaments, major trade shows, exhibitions, meetings, conventions, concert productions, ice events, indoor and outdoor sports events and championship events and of course – Kitchener Rangers hockey!