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4 Rangers Selected to All-Star team

Rangers top unit and current absentee defender to represent Rangers

From left to right: winger Gregory Campbell, defenseman Steve Eminger winger Peter Kanko center Derek Roy

The Kitchener Rangers are the hotest team in the OHL the Rangers top unit of Kanko-Roy-Campbell is much of the reason why.  Coincidentally that top line was elected to the Hershey Cup All-Star game on November 27th in Kitchener.  If he is returned to the OHL on time (November 20th) Eminger is eligable to represent the hometown Rangers fans in Kitchener.  Considering how each team has to be represented by a player each, having four players selected is an accomplishment.

The naming of Steve Eminger (currently with the Washington Capitals of the NHL) to the team has increased speculation about the star defenders possible return to the Kitchener Rangers.  Eminger is one of three 1983 birth Rangers selected to the team.  Peter Kanko who impressed at the LA Kings camp rounded out the All-Star selections, he was born in 1984, giving him an extra year of junior eligability to enjoy next season in the OHL.  Campbell is the only member of the 4 who was not drafted by the Rangers.  Both Emigner and Roy went in the first and second rounds of the 1999 draft, and Peter Kanko was taken in the European draft in 2001.

All 4 of the Rangers have been drafted by NHL teams, Steve Eminger (Washington), Derek Roy (Buffalo), Peter Kanko (Los Angeles), Gregory Campbell (Florida).  In addition to playing in the Hershey Cup Canadian born: Eminger, Roy and Campbell are also poised to represent Canada in the World Junior Championships taking place over the Christmas holidays.

Rangers fans have been waiting for it since game one of the season.  For the three anxious netminders involved the time must have seemed like an eternity.  The Rangers netminding saga abruptly ended on Halloween when the Rangers acquired gritty Mississauga winger: Nathan O'Nabigon in exchange for netminder: Matt Harpwood.  O'Nabigon gives the Rangers a power forward who may more than anything just need a second chance.