Continuing a Kitchener Rangers tradition with Walk of Fame

Kitchener Auditorium Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy of Josh Brown (@BrownRecord)

The Kitchener Rangers have a new addition to the Kitchener Auditorium this season. The Rangers have unveiled the Walk of Fame. It will continue on the tradition of former players being displayed on the beams throughout the concourse. Names will now be displayed together above the doors on the main concourse.

Five names are currently displayed on the Walk of Fame and they include Ryan Murphy, Tobias Rieder, John Gibson, Radek Faksa, Adam Mascherin.

Ryan Murphy – The first name to grace the new Walk of Fame was Kitchener’s first-round pick in 2009. The Rangers selected defenceman Ryan Murphy with the 3rd overall pick, Ryan would play his entire OHL career with Kitchener, playing 228 games and totaling 220 points.

Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers/ Photo courtesy of Kitchenerrangers.com

The former Ranger was drafted 12th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Murphy has played 175 games in the NHL and 195 in the AHL since becoming a first-round pick. He has signed in the KHL with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk for the 2019-2020 season.

Tobias Rieder – The second name displayed on the Walk of Fame and first import player added. The German-born forward was the Rangers 1st round import selection in the 2010 CHL import draft. Tobias played three seasons in Kitchener before making the leap to the pro’s. In 177 games played during his OHL career all with Kitchener, Rieder totaled 190 points.

Tobias Rieder of the Kitchener Rangers/Photo courtesy of The Record

Tobias was drafted in the fourth round by the Edmonton Oilers during the 2011 NHL entry draft. Selected 114th overall Tobias has spent time with 2 other teams before debuting with his original draft team. He was dealt to Arizona and appeared with the Coyotes before moving on to Los Angeles. Tobias played 20 games for the Kings before returning to Edmonton for the 2019-2020 season.

John Gibson – John Gibson is the first goaltender to appear on the Walk of Fame in the Auditorium. Gibson was drafted in the 11th round during the 2009 OHL priority draft by Kitchener. John spent two seasons in the blue, red and white as he spent the first part of his junior career with the USA National Development Program.

John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo courtesy/ Kitchenerrangers.com

2011 NHL entry draft John was drafted in the second round, 39th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. That season John would leave the US National Development Program and head to the Ontario Hockey League.

The Rangers former netminder made his debut for Kitchener in 2011-2012. John played 32 games that season recording a .928 save percentage. He would earn OHL best save percentage for that season, Gibson went on to post a .938 save percentage in 16 playoff games that season.

The following season he would duplicate his regular-season numbers and once again shine in the playoffs. In 2012-2013 playoffs John posted a .946 save percentage through 10 games for the Rangers.

Gibson has gone on to have an outstanding pro career that began in 2013. John will enter his 6th season with the Ducks in 2019-2020.

Radek Faksa – The second import player to find his name on the Rangers Walk of Fame hails from Opava, Czech Republic. Kitchener selected Radek in the first round of the 2011 CHL import draft.

Radek Faksa pf the Kitchener Rangers photo courtesy/Kitchenerrangers.com

His debut season the 22nd overall import pick posted 66 points in 62 games played. That season Radek Faksa earned:

Most assists by a rookie – 37

Most goals by a rookie – 29

Most points by a rookie – 66

Following his phenomenal rookie season in the OHL Radek was selected 13th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Entry draft. The first-round pick returned to Kitchener for his final two years. Radek was traded to the Sudbury Wolves during his final season in the OHL.

Radek Faksa has been a regular in the NHL/AHL since 2014 and he is set to play in his 4th full season with the Dallas Stars organization.

Adam Mascherin – The most recent Kitchener Rangers player to join the Walk of Fame was selected second overall by Kitchener in 2014. Adam spent four seasons with the Rangers tallying 296 points in 259 games played.

Adam Mascherin #23 of the Kitchener Rangers (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Rangers alumni was originally drafted in the fourth round 100th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2014. Florida did not sign Mascherin so he entered the draft once again in 2018, the Dallas Stars selected Adam 38th overall.

Adam debuted with the Texas Stars in 2018-2019 posting 44 points in 72 games played as a rookie. The former Rangers standout is preparing for his Sophomore season in the AHL.

Kitchener will continue to remember those who gave it all for the Rangers name on the front of his jersey. A small token of appreciation to the ones that gave so many of the Rangers faithful memories too last a lifetime.