At the Colisée in Quebec City, the Kitchener Rangers topped off a 2002-03 season that they dominated right from the start by hoisting the Memorial Cup. 5 of the players from that team are playing in the NHL today. A total of 14 players started the 2009-10 season on professional rosters. Bill Kinkel retired and Chad McCaffrey has been deleted off the roster of German club, Freiburg EHC, leaving 12. Kinkel was traded during the 2002-03 season to Kingston, so he wasn’t actually around for the Memorial Cup anyway…
Even coach Peter DeBoer has stepped up the ladder and is now the head coach of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Gregory Campbell remains with his old coach playing defense for the Panthers.
Here are the members of the 2002-03 Memorial Cup winning Kitchener Rangers that currently play some form of professional hockey:
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL.
Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.
Greg Campbell, Florida Panthers of the NHL.
Evan McGrath, Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
Nathan O’Nabigon, Allen Americans of the CHL.
Steve Eminger, Anaheim Ducks of the NHL.
David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils of the NHL.
Thomas Harrison, Tulsa Oilers of the CHL.