‘Brouwer Rangers’ back North Delta NHLer

North Delta-raised NHLer Troy Brouwer may have two of the most devoted fans in the entire league.

Brouwer, a winger for the Washington Capitals, is cheered on enthusiastically by the Brouwer Rangers, a pair of season ticket-holders who dress for home games in red Power Rangers outfits, complete with helmets.

The Brouwer-backing fan club, established in 2012, frequently posts photos and messages on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Publicly, the fans are known only as Red Ranger Ryan and Red Ranger Nathan, according to a 2013 post on the "Capitals Outsider" blog.

The fan club was once known as Knuble’s Knights, in salute Mike Knuble, a Caps player who left the team after the 2011-2012 season.

"After it became clear that Knuble would not be returning (to the Capitals), we knew we wanted to cheer someone new this season," the Rangers told blog writer Barbara Banks in 2013.

"Brouwer was always at the top of our list because of the type of player he is – a solid contributor who isn’t really a ‘superstar.’"

The fan club’s Twitter feed, which boasts close to 5,600 followers, includes recent photos of the pair with their favourite hockey player.

Brouwer, 29, a one-time North Delta Secondary School student, was drafted in 2004 by the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2010. That summer, hundreds of hockey fans lined the streets of North Delta to welcome Brouwer home with the coveted trophy.

This season, Brouwer has scored 21 goals and 22 assists in 81 games with the Caps, who enter the NHL playoffs this week with home-ice advantage in a series with New York Islanders. tzillich@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Surrey Vaisakhi Parade floods Newton streets

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the annual event

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

Four Surrey students head to New Brunswick for Canada-wide science fair

Three projects move to nationals following regional fair at KPU

Vaisakhi parade to fill Surrey streets Saturday: Everything you need to know

More than 500,000 people expected for one of the world’s largest Vaisakhi-related events

Surrey resident says proposed apartment building is a ‘monstrosity’ in Whalley neighbourhood

Philip Galbraith says he voted for Safe Surrey Coalition to ‘slow down development’

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

VIDEO: Fan support almost deafening as Giants take Game 2 in finals

Vancouver G-Men cap comeback with thrilling third period to beat Spokane 4-2 on home ice in Langley

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read