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Kitchener Rangers trim down roster ahead of preseason showcase

The team has released 18 players from training camp
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The blueprint for the East Avenue Blue's 2018-19 roster is a little clearer.

18 players have been released from training camp, ahead of this weekend's preseason showcase being hosted at The Aud.

The list includes two goaltenders --- Brock Baier and Dalton McBride --- and leaves Luke Richardson and Lucas Pfeil as the lone netminders left in camp.

Seven defensemen were released as well: Peyton Adams-Matthews, Dakota Betts, Kristopher Black, Niki Molson, Ben Sheppard, Cameron Vassos and Matt York.

Up front, forwards Ben Badalamenti, Kobe Desmond, Graham Dickerson, Alex Dominique, Austin Holmes, Matthew McCullough, Ryan O'Hara, Anthony Pinelli and Kyle Van Compernolle were all sent away.

That means 13 forwards and eight d-men remain.

The Rangers will host the North Bay Battalion, Saginaw Spirit and the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats for the showcase.

As well, they will play an exhibition home-and-home set with the Niagara Ice Dogs.  They'll play Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Aud and the following night in St. Catharines.


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