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01-31-2013, 01:29 PM
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Special Hockey Benefit Game

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Kitchener Rangers will host the 6th Annual Rangers Vs Cambridge Ice Hounds and Kitchener Ice Pirates benefit game at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex from 6-9:00 p.m.

Admission to the game is complimentary with monetary donations welcome at the door. Fans who make a donation of $5 or more will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five Blackberry Playbooks, furnished by Forbes Motors. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Ice Hounds and the Kitchener Ice Pirates.

The Ice Hounds and Ice Pirates are two local hockey teams comprised of close to 100 children and adults that 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.

Each season closes with an annual tournament that brings together teams from across North America and England. Kitchener will play host to the Special Hockey International Tournament in March 2013. There are no elimination rounds, no one team is crowned champion. In our eyes they are all champions.
If you've never gone to one of these games, I highly recommend it. Watching the Ice Hounds and Pirates play for the absolute love of the game, and seeing how the Rangers interact with these special players is enough to melt the heart of a mean old broad like me!

And if that's not enough, I'm looking forward to seeing what they've come up with for this year's rookie dance!

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