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The Max Kaminsky Trophy has been awarded

Submitted by jaywillen on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:54

The Kitchener Rangers have been a mainstay Shea Weber Predators Jersey in the Ontario Hockey League since they were moved from Guelph for the start of the 1963-64 season. The Max Kaminsky Trophy has been awarded to the OHL's top defenseman since 1969-70. The Rangers have had only one winner of the Kaminsky in all those years, yet the team has produced four Hockey Hall of Fame defensemen.

Of the five Kitchener Rangers grads that are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, only Bill Barber was not a defenseman. Barber was among the top ten point-getters in the league in each of the three seasons he played for the Rangers, 1969-70 to 1971-72. In his final two seasons with Kitchener, he surpassed the 100 point plateau and finished sixth in his final season.

Barber was a seventh round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft. Bill played his entire career in a Flyers uniform (1972-73 to 1983-84) winning two Stanley Cups with the team and finishing fourth in league scoring in 1975-76 with 112 points. Barber was the first Rangers grad to be inducted into the Hall, entering in 1990.

Larry Robinson was teammates Justin Williams Youth Jersey with Barber on the 1970-71 Rangers. Despite Barber's offensive output and Robinson's defensive abilities, the team didn't have much else going for it. The Rangers finished 6thout of ten teams that season with a lackluster 26-32-4 record.

1970-71 was the only year Robinson played in the OHA. He was taken by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, 20thoverall and spent the next year and a half with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL.

Larry's NHL career spanned form 1972-73 until 1991-92, mostly spent with the Canadiens with his final three years played in a Los Angeles Kings jersey. Robinson won six Stanley Cups with Montreal and was named the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP in 1977-78. He won the Norris Trophy twice as the NHL's top defenseman and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.