A special 50th season starts on the road for the Kitchener Rangers tonight.

They’ll be in Mississauga to face the Steelheads. Don Cameron and Mike Farwell have the pre-game show at 7 o’clock on 570 News.

Kitchener also plays in Sarnia on Sunday afternoon.

In fact, the Rangers will play their first eight games on the road as renovations are being completed at The Aud.

Kitchener’s first home game is Friday, October 19th versus Oshawa.

Patrick King is the CHL columnist with Sportsnet and says Kitchener’s long playoff run last season will benefit them this year. The Rangers were swept by London in the Western Conference Final.

“You know that team is going to be hungry (Rangers)…They’re going to want to prove to themselves and the rest of the league that they should have done better against the London Knights.” said King.

King says the NHL lockout will also benefit OHL teams. But, he believes Rangers captain Ryan Murphy and forward Radek Faksa would have been back in junior, regardless.

“You wouldn’t be worrying about how they’re doing in a training camp…You’ve got them for the full season, depending on what happens with the lockout.” added King.

King also says Kitchener’s John Gibson is one of 12 players to watch in the CHL this season, READ COLUMN