FINAL
Sun. Dec 15
5 TEX
2 SAN
FINAL
Wed. Dec 18
2 SAN
4 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Dec 20
0 SAN
4 MIL
FINAL
Sat. Dec 21
2 SAN
3 IOW
FINAL
Fri. Dec 27
2 TEX
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Dec 28
2 SAN
5 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Jan 03
5 OKC
2 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 04
3 SAN
5 OKC
FINAL
Tue. Jan 07
1 ABB
5 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 11
3 ABB
2 SAN
FINAL
Mon. Jan 13
2 UTI
3 SAN
FINAL
Thu. Jan 16
4 MIL
5 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 18
3 ROC
2 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Jan 24
5 IOW
4 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 25
2 IOW
1 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Jan 26
5 GRA
6 SAN
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Wed. Jan 29
4 SAN
2 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Jan 31
4 TOR
3 SAN
FINAL
Wed. Feb 05
4 SAN
5 TOR
FINAL
Fri. Feb 07
4 SAN
1 LEM
FINAL
Sat. Feb 08
3 SAN
1 LEM
FINAL
Fri. Feb 14
2 SAN
1 GRA
FINAL
Sat. Feb 15
3 SAN
0 GRA
FINAL
Mon. Feb 17
4 SAN
1 HAM
FINAL
Fri. Feb 21
3 SAN
2 ROC
FINAL
Sat. Feb 22
1 SAN
2 TOR
FINAL
Sun. Feb 23
1 SAN
3 HAM
FINAL
Wed. Feb 26
3 SAN
0 UTI
FINAL
Sat. Mar 01
2 TEX
0 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 02
5 SAN
6 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Mar 07
5 CHA
4 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 09
4 CHA
3 SAN
FINAL
Tue. Mar 11
2 SAN
5 OKC
FINAL
Thu. Mar 13
1 GRA
2 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Mar 15
2 SAN
4 MIL
FINAL
Sun. Mar 16
1 SAN
2 IOW
FINAL
Fri. Mar 21
3 SAN
4 CHA
FINAL
Sun. Mar 23
4 SAN
2 CHA
FINAL
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1 SAN
2 OKC
FINAL
Thu. Mar 27
4 TEX
5 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Mar 28
6 HAM
3 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 30
4 HAM
3 SAN
FINAL
Tue. Apr 01
5 LEM
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 04
2 CHA
5 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Apr 05
0 LEM
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 11
0 SAN
5 TEX
FINAL
Sat. Apr 12
8 TEX
4 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Apr 13
0 TEX
1 SAN
FINAL
Thu. Apr 17
3 ABB
1 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 18
3 ABB
0 SAN

Community Servant



By Ken Rodriguez


Rampage forward Bracken Kearns is the team's go-to guy off the ice, an eager participant in community service events.

Need a volunteer to serve meals to the homeless? Kearns is there. Need a player to befriend children with cancer? Kearns is the man. Need someone to visit a San Antonio area school? Kearns is the first to offer his time.

The quality and breadth of his community contributions led Kearns to be named the Rampage's IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The recognition makes him one of 30 finalists for the American Hockey League's 2011-12 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which honors the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.

"I feel honored to be part of that group," Kearns says. "This team does a lot of community service."

Rampage fans know Kearns, 30, as a rugged center from Vancouver, British Columbia, a 6-1, 200 pound veteran who ranks second on the team in scoring (48 points) in his second season in San Antonio. Hardcore fans know Kearns made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers in October.

"It was amazing," he says. "I've been working toward that goal for a long time. To finally have been given the chance, I felt really lucky. I want to be back."

As he works toward a return to the NHL, Kearns remains committed to volunteering. And therein lies a story not often told: A hockey player who is passionate about community service.

"I can honestly say I love doing it," Kearns says. "As hockey players, we have an obligation to do it. Certain days end at noon or 1 o'clock, so we have no excuses to not want to do community service. It's fun. A lot times you do different activities and you get to see a lot of the city. I enjoy it."

This season, Kearns has participated in the Rampage's Face-Off Against Kids Cancer Program, volunteered to walk dogs at the Animal Defense League, skated with breast cancer survivors in advance of the Rampage's Pink in the Rink game and painted ceramic bowls with children from Peterson Middle School in Kerrville to raise hunger awareness.

"You can't say enough about his commitment to the community of San Antonio," says Rampage coach Chuck Weber. "He represents this team with class and professionalism on the ice as well as off the ice. He's taken a leadership role in getting guys out and about the community. He's been able to grab guys and go make a hospital appearance. He makes an impact and doesn't care about getting any recognition. A lot of what he does is on his own free time without anyone having to ask him. You respect a guy who is willing to give up his free time."

Kearns is not the first in his family dedicated to helping others. His father, Dennis Kearns, held charity golf tournaments in Canada for years after retiring from a distinguished NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks.

Bracken has served multiple communities. In 2009-10, the Rockford IceHogs named him their American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year. In Rockford, he assisted with a Special Olympics lunch, participated in a Bowl-a-Thon to raise money for Huntington's Disease and donated a portion of his salary to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In San Antonio, Bracken donates $20 for every goal he makes to benefit children fighting cancer. "I just really like doing it," he says.

The first time he volunteered with the Animal Defense League (ADL), Kearns toured the facility with his fiance and walked a dog that had spent a good part of the day in a crate. "We were hooked," he says. "We loved it there. We came back soon after and picked out a dog."

For an ADL fundraiser, Kearns created a video of how he came to adopt a dog. He also inspired teammate Colby Robak to adopt a dog, met veterinarians and got an education on strays. Along the way, Kearns grew into into a passionate advocate for animals and an unofficial spokesman for ADL. "We've got a pretty big heart for dogs," he says.

Kearns has a big heart for people. When his fiance went home to visit her family over Christmas, Kearns stayed in San Antonio and decided to volunteer. His project? Kearns visited a campus on the edge of downtown, Haven for Hope, and spent an afternoon feeding the homeless.

About Ken Rodriguez

Ken Rodriguez is a San Antonio native who covered his first Spurs game in 1981 for The Daily Texan, the University of Texas student newspaper. He spent 26 years in the newspaper business -- 21 of them covering sports -- before joining the marketing department at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2009. His Spurs.com column will appear every Wednesday.

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