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Rangers crack Kia CHL Top 10 for the first time this season

  Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 18 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The Ottawa 67's remain the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League for a third straight week, taking consecutive wins over the Flint Firebirds, Hamilton Bulldogs and Oshawa Generals to improve to 34-7-0-0. The 67's own the League's top-ranked power play by a considerable margin, one operating at a 32.7% success rate. The 67's have been led by OHL scoring leader Marco Rossi who leads all players with 78 points (27-51--78) in 35 games. Ottawa readies for home dates against Niagara and Saginaw on Saturday and Sunday. The Windsor Spitfires continue to hold the ninth spot in the weekly rankings following back-to-back home wins over Erie and Saginaw. The Spits leapfrogged the Spirit for first place in the West Division standings, improving to 27-9-5-0. Windsor has relied upon goaltenders Kari Piiroinen and Xavier Medina equally this season as both have played 21 games. The Spits have really spread the scoring around, with 10 different players with double-digit goal totals in their lineup. The Kitchener Rangers are back into the Top-10 in the 10th slot. The Rangers lead the Western Conference with a 27-11-4-2 record and wins in 20 of their last 23 contests, turning things around since Mike McKenzie took the reins as interim head coach. Overage forward Liam Hawel is riding a current nine-game point streak while Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani leads the team offensively with 55 points (20-35--55) over 43 games. Kitchener hosts the Sarnia Sting on Friday before squaring off with the Steelheads in Mississauga on Sunday. The Peterborough Petes have dropped out of the Top-10 and into the honourable mention department while the London Knights are back on the radar with an honourable mention of their own. ♦ The Week 18 Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings are (1) Ottawa 67's, (2) Portland Winterhawks, (3) Sherbrooke Phoenix, (4) Chicoutimi Sagueneens, (5) Edmonton Oil Kings, (6) Moncton Wildcats, (7) Kamloops Blazers, (8) Everett Silvertips, (9) Windsor Spitfires, and (10) Kitchener Rangers, with honourable mention to the Peterborough Petes, London Knights, and Medicine Hat Tigers.

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What the Region of Waterloo's 2020 budget will cost the average household

The Region of Waterloo finalized its 2020 budget on Wednesday evening, detailing how it will pay for everything from road sweepers to paramedics for the coming year.

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Woman calls for change after plow pushes a metre of snow in front of her driveway

A high pile of snow at the end of her driveway has left a Kitchener homeowner feeling like she's been left out in the cold.

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Thousands of students dealing with GRT strike as service disruption continues

As the strike wore on for its second day Wednesday, talks resumed in the morning but quickly broke down again with no word on when they could resume. The transit disruption is now affecting thousands of students around the region.

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Tickets are still available to catch the first-place Rangers in action!

Have you been planning to catch a Rangers game this season? There's a seat waiting at The Aud for you this weekend! Tickets are still available for all games in 2020, so don't miss out on the action and purchase yours today. TICKET PURCHASE METHODS: PHONE: (519) 578-1570 or 1 (800) 265-8977 IN PERSON: The Aud or Centre in the Square ONLINE: Click here *Additional fees may apply

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City official calls for demolition of former Preston Springs Hotel

The Chief Building Official in Cambridge is calling for the demolition of the former Preston Springs Hotel.

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Landlord shocked to find 80 cats in his tenant's unit

The Guelph Humane Society says it needs the community's support after it took in 80 cats from a single household on Huron Street on Tuesday.

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Buyer beware: Man loses $5,500 after inadvertently buying stolen car

Police are reminding used car purchasers to take extra steps to make sure they're making a legitimate purchase.

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All Carlton Cards and Papyrus stores closing within weeks

The owner of greeting card retailers including Carlton Cards and Papyrus is closing all of its stores in North America, including 76 Canadian locations.

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Rotating strikes to come to WRDSB elementary schools next week

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has sent a five-day strike notice for Waterloo Region District School Board.

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Art workshop owner pleads guilty to sexual exploitation

The owner of a Guelph art workshop has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation.

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'The strike will continue until further notice': Talks fall apart again between region, GRT union

The Region of Waterloo and the union representing hundreds of Grand River Transit employees have agreed to resume discussions.

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Police continue to investigate shooting in Waterloo home

Regional Police are continuing to search for suspects involved in a shooting in Waterloo’s Vista Hills neighborhood last week.

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Waterloo-based company Dejero brings home second Emmy Award

Waterloo-based Dejero won its second Emmy trophy this week in the category of ‘Video over Bonded Cellular Internet’.

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Remembering Paul, the Miller family returns to Joshua Tree National Park

This week the Miller family and their friends returned to Joshua Tree Park to say goodbye, and follow Paul’s final footsteps.

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Police searching for suspects following home invasion

Regional Police are investigating a home invasion in Kitchener.

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No new talks scheduled between GRT union, region as safety concerns persist

About 700 Grand River Transit employees went on strike on Tuesday amidst ongoing labour talks, shutting down bus service across Waterloo Region.

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Kitchener store owner who offered shelter to those in need gets evicted

A Kitchener business owner who offered shelter to the homeless in her corner store was evicted by the sheriff on Tuesday morning.

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Cat rescued from bottom of 10-foot window well during storm

An eight-month-old cat may have been seeking shelter from Saturday's storm in a 10-foot-deep window well and got stuck at the bottom, the Guelph Humane Society believes.

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Meet the Rangers at Real Canadian Superstore this Saturday

The Kitchener Rangers will be visiting Real Canadian Superstore in Kitchener on Saturday January 25th from 2-3pm. Be sure to stop by for a quick chat, photo, or autograph with the players. A pair of tickets to our game on Friday January 31st against Owen Sound will also be raffled-off! Store location: Highland Hills Mall 875 Highland Rd W, Kitchener Players*: Greg Meireles Jacob Ingham Arber Xhekaj Axel Bergkvist *Player availability subject to change

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Ten Thousand Villages to close operations in Canada, including in Waterloo and New Hamburg

After 74 years in business, Ten Thousand Villages Canada has announced it will close its corporate operations, including its distribution centre in New Hamburg and its store in Waterloo.

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Ingersoll man killed in 'horrific' three-vehicle crash on Hwy. 401

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 401 eastbound near Newcastle, Ont. has left a 40-year-old man from Ingersoll dead.

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Region gives details on tentative agreement that was voted down

The Region of Waterloo is shedding some light on the terms that it offered to Grand River Transit union members.

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Don’t miss the 24th annual Don Cameron Potato Night this Friday!

Join us at the 24th annual Kitchener Rangers Don Cameron Potato Night this Friday at 7:30pm as we take on the Sarnia Sting. Potatoes and cash donations will be collected upon entrance to the game in support of the House of Friendship. Each year, the House of Friendship uses more than 300,000 pounds of potatoes in its emergency food hampers and food assistance programs. When the potatoes run out, cash donations are used to buy more potatoes to meet ongoing needs. If you are unable to attend the game, donations can be made online or at the House of Friendship Supermarket Blitz on February 8th from 9am-3pm. The late Don Cameron spearheaded the initiative of fans bringing potatoes – inspired by his native Prince Edward Island – to provide meals and support to families in need in Waterloo Region. Last season alone, Rangers fans donated the equivalent of just under 30,000 pounds of spuds to the House of Friendship;  $6,456 in monetary donations and 4,007 pounds of potatoes. In the past 23 seasons overall, more than the equivalent of half a million pounds of potatoes has been raised. Visit the House of Friendship website for more information on how you can help help fight hunger, poverty, homelessness and addiction in the region. Tickets are still available and can be purchased using one of the methods below: PHONE: (519) 578-1570 or 1 (800) 265-8977 IN PERSON: The Aud or Centre in the Square ONLINE: Click here *Additional fees may apply

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Kitchener elementary school looking to change boundaries

The Waterloo Catholic District School board is looking to change the boundaries around a Kitchener elementary school to alleviate some congestion.

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Kitchener passes 'responsible' budget that invests in infrastructure, climate

Kitchener council has approved its budget for the year with extra investments in infrastructure and climate action.

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It's official: No buses Tuesday as GRT strike goes ahead

Talks have broken off between the Region of Waterloo and the union that represents hundreds of GRT workers.

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'I was in disbelief': Kitchener man cashes in $250,000 on lotto game

A 32-year-old Kitchener man is a quarter-million dollars richer after playing an instant scratch lottery game.

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What you need to know about the GRT strike

A strike is back on the horizon after Grand River Transit union members voted against a tentative agreement negotiated by their union.

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SPOTLIGHT: Serron Noel

By Serron Noel’s own admission, he possesses a unique blend of size, speed, and skill. “It’s an uncommon combination that I have, which you don’t see in bigger guys like me,” said the 6’6” Ottawa native, who was acquired just before the OHL trade deadline from the Oshawa Generals. In fact, only one other person in the entire league stands taller and that is 6’9” Curtis Douglas of the Windsor Spitifires. Unsurprisingly though, both are now NHL prospects. “It’s actually crazy to think about where I started to putting the Panthers’ jersey over my head,” said Noel of the moment his name was called as the 34th overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft by Florida. “I was a little bit anxious and my memory was kind of blacked out a bit when my name was called. I was so thankful that all of my family was there.” “If I were to go back and someone were to tell me at a young age, I wouldn’t even fathom it. I didn’t even think it was a possibility.” The reason he says so is because he had no interest in hockey growing-up in the nation’s capital. “Originally when my dad asked me if I wanted to play and I said no way,” Noel said. He was resolute until one particular day after school. “There were a bunch of kids playing road hockey every night on our street and, when I was younger, I was always outside wanting to do something active,” said Noel. “One day, I finally decided to grab one of the sticks my dad just kept in the garage and went out to play with some of them. There were about eight of us out there and I remember falling in love with the game right from the start. “That night, I told my parents that I wanted to start playing regularly,” he recalled with a smile. Since the first time he put on skates though, making friendships with others was just as important as the sport itself. “Just being able to meet new people and make new friends while also sharing experiences with them was so great,” Noel said. Since arriving in Kitchener by way of trade with the Oshawa Generals just before this season’s trade deadline, his social circle has grown even stronger. “The guys here just took me in from Day One and really made me feel a part of the team. I really appreciated them making it an easy transition,” said Noel, who recorded 184 points (83 goals, 101 assists) in 221 career games with the Generals. “Everything has been amazing so far. Everyone here from my billets to the coaching staff to my teammates are great. Everyone in the organization has just been amazing to me,” he said. Being able to settle-in quickly and comfortably has allowed him to continue working towards his goal of bringing his all-around game up to where it needs to be to play pro hockey and make a deep playoff push this year. “It’s still a work in progress. Sometimes it’s a little harder for someone as tall as me, but I think I’m doing well. That’s not to say there isn’t still some areas to improve in,” Noel said. That admission is somewhat surprising considering he was awarded Oshawa’s “Eric Lindros Top Forward” award after scoring 34 goals just last season, but it speaks to the drive that he possesses to make it to the next level. On top of that, after many previous trips to The Aud as a visiting player, he will now have all of Rangers Nation solidly in his corner to help reach his goals. He also got a taste of what that support is like as a member of Team OHL during game three of the CIBC Canada Russia Series held in Kitchener this past November. “All the support the Rangers get, the 7,000 fans that are there every game, it’s pretty overwhelming and pretty exciting.”

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Waterloo-based Northern Digital makes measurements the world can trust

For over three decades, Northern Digital Inc. (NDI) has built a reputation as a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced 3D measurement technology systems.

With more than 45,000 installations worldwide, NDI’s optical measurement and electromagnetic tracking solutions are trusted by the world’s top OEMs and institutes for the most complex—and groundbreaking—tracking applications in medicine, industry, and academia.

Among its many applications, NDI technology is the foundation of some of the most progressive surgical navigation systems in medicine—facilitating computer-guided surgery and therapy. One of the company’s products can track a moving object as small as a blood cell from six meters away. These technical capabilities have been integrated into image-guided surgery, biomechanics research, automotive assembly, virtual reality simulation, and other tracking applications that require unrivalled measurement accuracy and reliability.


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'That's dope': Pascal Siakam gives nod to Waterloo snow sculpture carver

A familiar snowy front lawn in Waterloo is getting some love from the Toronto Raptors.

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Intoxicated man head-butts officer after disturbance at restaurant: police

A Fergus man has been charged after police say he head-butted an officer who was responding to a disturbance at a restaurant.

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Crash, tractor trailer rollover closes road near Guelph

Ontario Provincial Police have closed a road in Wellington County after a crash and vehicle rollover.

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Police said he was charged with possession of child porn. He wasn’t. Now, they're apologizing

Police in Guelph have apologized to a man who had launched a lawsuit against them over his arrest in 2016.

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Final: Rangers 5, Storm 4

Kitchener, ON: The Rangers (27-11-4-2) finished off a home-and-home with their Midwest Division rivals, the Storm (22-15-1-4), with a 5-4 comeback win after being down 3-0 after the first period. Isaac Langdon shone as he earned first star honours with two goals and an assist. Jacob Ingham stopped 42 shots in the win that allowed the Rangers to go 3-0 on the weekend. - Andre Bakanov (8) opened up the scoring for the Storm at 7:34 of the first period. Jacob Maillet forced a turnover behind the Rangers net and passed out front to the streaking left-winger who fired it home to make it 1-0. Guelph added to their lead at 16:09 when Eric Uba (16) put a puck on net that took a redirection past Jacob Ingham that made it 2-0. At 17:30, Cam Hillis (16) batted a passed puck past Ingham who was sprawled out on the ice after making a save a moment earlier. The goal extended the Storm lead to 3-0. After 20 minutes, the Storm led in shots 16-3. Kitchener got on the board at 12:13 of the second period when an attempt on the net by Mike Petizian (12) went off the end board before going off the back of goaltender Owen Bennett's mask and into the net. That made it 3-1. Holden Wale and Liam Hawel earned assists on the goal. With just 10-seconds left in the period after a number of quality last-minute chances on net, Isaac Langdon (4) buried a rebound from a shot by Hawel to bring the Rangers within a goal, 3-2. The shots after 40 minutes were 27-19. At 1:00 of the third period, Uba stripped the puck deep in the Rangers zone and snapped a shot past Ingham to double the Storm's lead, 4-2. Less than a minute later, at 1:47, Arber Xhekaj fired a shot from the blue line through traffic and past Bennett to bring the Blueshirts within one, 4-3. Jonathan Yantsis and Riley Damiani each earned assists on the goal. At 3:03, a Joseph Serpa pass from behind the net to Langdon (5) led to his second goal of the night and the Rangers evened up the score for the first time that afternoon, 4-4. The second assist on the goal was given to Michael Vukojevic. Kitchener took their first lead of the game at 16:23 when a pass in the crease from Donovan Sebrango was tapped into the net by Damiani (and) and it was 5-4. Yantsis picked up another assist on the go-ahead goal. The final shots on goal were 46-35 in favour of the Storm. The next Rangers home game is on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm versus the Sarnia Sting. The next road game for the Rangers is on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 pm versus the Mississauga Steelheads. Tickets are available for all regular-season home games! Purchase yours in-person at The Aud or Centre in the Square Box Office, by phone (519) 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or online. Join the conversation on all things Rangers by using #RTown. You can follow the Rangers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @OHLRangers.

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Teacher strikes happening this week: Here's what you need to know

The province’s four major teachers’ unions are all currently engaged in job action as contract negotiations with the province continue to stall.

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FINAL: Rangers 6, Storm 3

The Kitchener Rangers (26-11-4-2) started the first half of a home-and-home against the rival Guelph Storm (22-14-1-4) with a convincing 6-3 road win at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday night. Things couldn’t have started any better for the Rangers as they went up 2-0 on goals by Liam Hawel and Mike Petizian just 2:44 in. Hawel’s marker was his second in as many nights since returning to the line-up from injury on Friday against North Bay. Meanwhile, Petizian continued his hot streak with his fifth goal in the past six games. Guelph’s Danny Zhilkin cut the Rangers lead in half just before the mid-way point of the period when he picked-up a loose puck in front of Kitchener goaltender Jacob Ingham and flicked a backhander over the netminder’s left shoulder. Greg Meireles restored Kitchener’s two-goal lead with just under five minutes remaining in the opening frame. His 21st of the year came in the form of a quick one-timer that finished a nice passing sequence which started with Serron Noel and Donovan Sebrango. Celebrations for the Blueshirts were extremely short-lived though as Guelph got themselves back within one just 1:03 later, thanks to Eric Uba’s 15th of the season. With Ingham and Guelph starting goaltender Owen Bennett making a couple of highlight reel saves during the first half of the second period, it was Declan McDonnell who eventually got Kitchener’s fourth goal of the night on the power play. The Storm would respond just 1:31 later during a man-advantage of their own with Pavel Gogolev scoring his 32nd of the year. With 2:38 remaining in the period, Rangers co-captain Riley Damiani was stopped on a breakaway but stayed with the loose puck to get it back in front for Jonathan Yantsis. Yantsis made no mistake getting his 31st of the year to put Kitchener up 5-3. A lone goal by Meireles – for his second of the game – was the only scoring in a penalty-filled third period of play. The final shots on goal were 33-31 in favour of Guelph in the 11th road win (and fourth victory against the Storm) this season for Kitchener. The next Rangers home game is on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm versus the Guelph Storm. The next road game for the Rangers is on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 pm versus the Mississauga Steelheads. Tickets are available for all regular-season home games! Purchase yours in-person at The Aud or Centre in the Square Box Office, by phone (519) 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or online. Join the conversation on all things Rangers by using #RTown. You can follow the Rangers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @OHLRangers.

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How a man living in a shed found temporary shelter

A man who was living in a shed and his companion dog checked into a motel room just before the big snowstorm.

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SPOTLIGHT: Axel Begkvist

When you think of musical artists that grab the attention of hockey players these days, 70 year-old Bruce Springsteen is most certainly not among them – unless you’re talking to Rangers defenceman Axel Bergkvist. “Springsteen is definitely up in the top three,” said the 19 year-old Swede. Despite over a half-century age difference between himself and the American singer, songwriter, and musician from New Jersey nicknamed “The Boss”, there are a few connections that can be made - if you dig a little deeper. One of the very first European countries Springsteen toured was Sweden, back in 1975. Naturally, the sound he brought to the Scandanavian country resonated with Axel’s father Per-Ragnar, who passed some musical tastes down to his son. Bergkvist is now playing the guitar regularly – although not nearly as well as Springsteen. “I listen to a lot of music every day, but I actually need some new artists to listen to now. Right now, I’m taking advice from Lucas Pfiel for that,” he said with a laugh. In a recent slight flip of the script, Canada is the first North American stop for Bergkvist – having joined the Rangers organization as one of two import players this past August. Unlike Springsteen, who has admitted in a number of documented interviews that he was incredibly nervous leaving his homeland, Bergkvist’s perspective was the complete opposite. He was extremely excited. Admittedly, it also helps when you come from the same country as last year’s captain Rickard Hugg. “I spoke to him about Kitchener last spring when I knew the organization was interested in me. I just asked him the basic questions and Rickard said right away to go, if I had the chance,” Bergkvist said. “I followed his instructions and here I am.” And even though it took some extra time, he really started getting more attention from fans locally and around the OHL in the month of December - thanks to an 11-game point streak. Now he leads all Rangers defencemen with 31 points. “I think the adjustment to the smaller ice surface has helped me out. Everyone told me that it’s going to take 10, 15, or 20 games to get settled in and it really did,” he said. “All the coaches told me just to be patient and to believe in myself and play my game.” Self-belief also been key after being passed-over during his first year of draft eligibility after the 2017/18 season. After spending an extra campaign with Leksands last year, he was ultimately drafted 200th overall by the Arizona Coyotes this past summer. “I was at home with a couple of buddies. I watched the first couple of rounds but then turned my attention away from it,” he recalled. “All of a sudden, my phone started ringing and I noticed it was my agent – so I got excited again. I answered and he told me that I had been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes. It was such an unreal feeling. Hard to describe in words otherwise.” With the next number of hours becoming a real whirlwind, Bergkvist was finally able to discuss the news with his closest family member – Swedish hockey legend Dan Soderstrom “My grandfather and I are really close … so it was a special moment for both of us. He was very happy and proud,” Bergkvist said. “He called me the day after and I was already at the airport in London, England. It was an emotional talk.” Since settling in Kitchener, he’s also been fortunate to have more talks with assistant coach and fellow countryman Andreas Karlsson. “Andreas and I didn’t know each other before I arrived but it was pretty obvious from the beginning that we were going to develop a special bond,” Bergkvist said “It’s really nice to have someone to talk to, especially in your native language, and we’re actually from the same home town too. Those are small things but it’s really great to have him here.” Now that he’s feeling more comfortable with where things are heading in his hockey career, Bergkvist admits that certain personality traits have also been key to his more recent achievements. “I think that I’m a calm guy who likes to talk in the locker room and a nice guy to be around. I also make to sure to always put in a hard day’s work at the rink.”

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Ontario elementary teachers say more strike actions coming Thursday

The union representing Ontario's elementary school teachers announced four more school boards will shut down on a fourth day of rotating strikes on Thursday.

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Snow events declared as flurries hit Waterloo-Wellington area

The ‘significant’ snowfall anticipated for southern Ontario has covered the Waterloo-Wellington area in the white stuff.

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Bergkvist named to OHL Three Stars

  1ST STAR: RYAN SUZUKI (SAGINAW SPIRIT) – 3G, 1A Saginaw Spirit centreman and Carolina Hurricanes first rounder Ryan Suzuki’s four-point performance came in a 5-2 win over the Soo Greyhounds and included his first career OHL hat-trick. The 18-year-old product of London, Ont. scored midway through the opening frame to tie things up at 1-1, and then twice in the game’s remaining five minutes to make it 4-2. He also picked up an assist on highly ranked NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti’s only goal of the night and 24th on the year. Through 24 games, Suzuki boasts eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, and seven of those points have come since joining the Spirit just last week (3-4-7). The first overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Suzuki went on to be selected 28th overall by the Hurricanes at last year’s NHL Draft. His brother, Nick Suzuki, spent four seasons in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm. Drafted 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nick currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens. • HIGHLIGHTS 2ND STAR: AXEL BERGQVIST (KITCHENER RANGERS) – 1G, 2A Kitchener Rangers rookie and Arizona Coyotes prospect Axel Bergqvist put up a goal and two assists in his team’s 9-2 blowout of the North Bay Battalion on Friday night. The 19-year-old defenceman from Insjön, Swe. picked up assists on goals from OHL veteran Liam Hawel and Rangers rookie Declan McDonnell in the first and second periods before finding the back of the net within the game’s remaining nine minutes to lift his team up 9-1. Bergqvist has four goals and 30 assists for 34 points through his first 42 games in the league. He was a second round pick of the Rangers at last year’s CHL Import Draft and was picked up in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Coyotes. He spent the 2018-2019 season with Leksand's IF J20 SuperElit team and totaled 12 goals and 21 points in 23 regular season games. He also totaled 10 points (3-7-10) in 36 games with Leksands IF. • HIGHLIGHTS 3RD STAR: MAXIM GOLOD (ERIE OTTERS) – 3A Forward Maxim Golod helped the Erie Otters to their third straight win with three assists in Friday’s 4-3 edging of the Sarnia Sting. All three helpers came in the first period to help lift the Otters up 3-1. The 19-year-old native of Concord, Ont. leads all Erie skaters with 54 points (17-37-54) through 41 games in his third season with the squad. He was picked up by the Otters in the 13th round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Golod attended training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers in September. • HIGHLIGHTS

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Final: Rangers 9, Battalion 2

Kitchener, ON: In the Battalion's (9-30-2-0) only visit to The Aud this season, the Rangers (25-11-4-2) routed their Northern opponent 9-2. Scorers included Francesco Pinelli, Liam Hawel, Greg Meireles (x2), Riley Damiani (x2), Declan McDonnell (x2), and Axel Bergkvist. Lucas Pfeil stopped in the win 21 in the win. - The Rangers got onto the scoreboard first at 7:04 when Francesco Pinelli (14) broke in on the right wing, fired on net, collected his own rebound and tapped it by Joe Vrbetic to make it 1-0. Declan McDonnell picked up an assist on the opening goal. Just over two minutes later, at 9:06, the Rangers extended their lead when Axel Bergkvist and Justin MacPherson cycled the puck to the blue line to Liam Hawel (11) who uncorked a slap shot that beat a screen Vrbetic. It was 2-0. At 14:24, Jonathan Yantsis took a holding penalty. On the ensuing penalty kill, Greg Meireles (19) stripped the puck from a Battalion defender and got himself on a one-on-one going into North Bay's end. The centreman buried it short side and high to make it 3-0. After 20 minutes of play, the Rangers led in shots 19-4. At 6:01, Kitchener added another when a thread-the-needle pass across the top of the crease from Hawel found Meireles (20) who tapped in his second of the game to make it 4-0. Serron Noel picked up an assist on the goal, his first point as a Ranger. The Rangers added to their lead a short time later, at 7:08, when Riley Damiani (18) fired a wrist shot from the top of the slot to make it 5-0. Jonathan Yantsis and Simon Motew both picked up assists on the goal. North Bay got on the board at 13:19 on a Luke Moncada (21) shot from the high slot that deflected off Lucas Pfeil's blocker and in. That made it 5-1. The Rangers restored their five-goal lead at 17:20 when a backhand pass by Reid Valade to Damiani (19) led to the captain's second goal of the night and it was 6-1. Ville Ottavainen was the second assist on the goal. Second period scoring wasn't over for the Rangers. Declan McDonnell (9) tipped and redirected an outside shot by MacPherson to join the scoring and make it 7-1. Axel Bergkvist earned his second assist of the night on the goal. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 32-9. McDonnell (10) picked up his second goal of the night at 0:57 when he beat Cameron Lamour who had replaced Verbetic to start the period. It was 8-1 Bergkvist earned another assist on the goal. At 12:51, Axel Bergkvist, from the faceoff dot, fired the puck perfectly between the post and the crossbar to make it 9-1. Joseph Serpa picked up an assist on the goal. Josh Currie scored a goal with 12 seconds remaining in the game to make it 9-2 and that's how the game would end. Final shots on goal were 42-23 for the Rangers. The next Rangers home game is on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm versus the Guelph Storm. The next road game for the Rangers is on Saturday, January 18 at 7:00 pm versus the Guelph Storm. Tickets are available for all regular-season home games! Purchase yours in-person at The Aud or Centre in the Square Box Office, by phone (519) 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or online. Join the conversation on all things Rangers by using #RTown. You can follow the Rangers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @OHLRangers.

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Kitchener Rangers are on a roll! Team wins 18 of their last 21 games

Since the team fired their head coach they've been climbing the rankings and are currently sitting in second place.

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Don’t leave your car unattended while it warms up, police warn

Since the start of November there have been 30 vehicle thefts in Waterloo Region.

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‘Significant’ snowfall expected in southern Ontario

Environment Canada says most areas can expect between 15 and 20 centimetres of the white stuff starting early Saturday morning

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Remains found in burned out home confirmed to be human

OPP have confirmed that human remains were found in a home, north of Flesherton, that was destroyed in a fire one week ago.

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Kitchener man facing child porn charges

A 36-year-old Kitchener man is facing multiple child porn and sex assault charges.

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New details about Guelph assault victim

Mario Ruffolo died Wednesday after he was assaulted at Guelph's train station.