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08-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Ward Cornell
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Originally Posted by CharlieGirl View Post
Turns out, I wasn't able to make it. I was following along with Josh Brown and Mike Farwell on twitter and I like what I saw for the most part.

a) They're doing a tryout of beer in the seats this year. Sounds like the city is pushing for it; the Rangers are more reticent. I don't have a problem with someone having a beer in the seats; my concern is more that there is barely enough leg and arm room now, and there is a high chance of spillage onto the person in front.

b) Kitchener Rangers sold more gear last year than any other year in franchise history - $470,000 in jerseys and related items. (per Josh Brown).

c) Head coach Troy Smith promises an #OHLRangers team that will be "competitive, aggressive and, most importantly, hard-working." (per Farwell). LOVE THIS!

No bold proclamations from Smith in his first address. "The only promise I'm going to make you is that our team will be well-prepared, given everything they need to be successful, and develop into quality hockey players on the ice and in the community."
One comment by Steve Beinkowski that really jumped out at me was that in his opinion that Deboer goal was to develop a team while Spott goal was to turn-out NHL players. I got the impression that Beinkowski is 100% along the lines of the Deboer approach. IMHO I think we all saw this in how SS left the young kids langering forever on the bench and not developing.
While Murray Hiebert stressed he believed that true contenders need to build through the draft and not through trades. ( I took this a great news and perhaps another shot at the previous regime)

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