In case you didn't know, the Kitchener Rangers are celebrating their 50th anniversary. And while the 50th year isn't actually until 2013, it is the 50th season and they've chosen to kick off the party now.
In keeping pace, aside from the regular team coverage, The Record will be running montly features throughout the season that look at the five-decade long ride.
First up is the story of founder Eugene George, who was the engine on the team that brought the Rangers to town.
He helped convince the New York Rangers that they should move their struggling farm team from Guelph to Kitchener, made the team profitable and eventually bought the club for $1 and made it a community owned franchise.
George is quite a character. He's 82, still works every day and has fond memories of the first year, favourite players and quirks around the Aud from the early years.
Meanwhile, the Rangers finally won a pre-season tilt, barely holding on for a 6-4 win over Barrie last night.
But some good news for defenceman Evan McEneny, who inked a three-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks, despite playing just two games last season and being passed over in the NHL draft.
The Rangers now have eight players with ties to the NHL on their roster.