Entries with the tag: mike mckenzie
It is not very often that I get to “talk” to a junior hockey coach so this was a real treat and honor for me.
Believe it or not, we have “spoken” with this hockey guy before. However, it was as a professional hockey player and then a retired professional hockey player.
Now, it is once again time to interview Mike McKenzie, this time as the new assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers:
PH: You told us the last time we talked that you wanted to get into coaching. Did you think it would happen this fast?
MM: I really had no idea how fast it would happen. I put my resume out to a lot of different teams so I wasn’t too sure how things would work out and how quickly something would come up. I was fortunate that the Rangers came to me and offered me a job.
PH: How did the Kitchener Rangers approach you? Was this something you reached out to them about doing?
MM: I reached out to them earlier in my search for a coaching job and I was fortunate enough to be a guest coach at their mini-camp, which was a great experience. After the camp I was not expecting them to hire anyone but they came to me a couple weeks later with an offer that I gladly accepted.
If you are someone that has played hockey your whole life, I would imagine that it would be quite tough to one day decide to stop playing.
With that in mind, I reached out to Mike McKenzie (the eldest of Bob McKenzie’s sons), a professional hockey player who recently decided to retire from the game. Mike was kind enough to tell us about his thought process, what retired life is like and what he hopes his future holds.
PH: You are now a retired professional hockey player. What does it feel like?
MM: It still feels a bit weird sometimes but overall I’m pretty happy and ready to start a new chapter of my life. I’m sure there will be days when I wake up and miss getting to play but that’s life, not everyone can play forever.
PH: What made you decide to hangup the skates?
MM: It was a combination of things that led to my final decision. Injuries and the lifestyle were part of it but overall it was just more about me not being happy and my heart not being in it anymore. I always told myself if my heart wasn’t in it I wouldn’t play. Even though while you are in the moment hockey feels like the only thing important in life but the reality is there are other things out there that can make you just as happy. I have no regrets about my decision so I feel at ease with everything which is nice.
I’ve been lucky to conduct a lot of e-mail interviews during the course of my three seasons at Kukla’s Korner.
Today, I bring to you an e-mail interview with Shawn McKenzie, the son of the hockey insider Bob McKenzie and the brother of AHLer Mike McKenzie. It is a terrific honor to have now interviewed three of the four members of the great McKenzie hockey family.
Shawn was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, his involvement with The Fourth Period lifestyle hockey magazine and web site as well as his part in his father’s book.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
SM: If I didn’t like hockey I probably would have been traded for future considerations. Being born into my family it was less of a choice and more a way of life. When I was born, my Dad was Editor In Chief of The Hockey News and my older brother Mike was already playing. When the rest of your family is so passionate about something you want to be just like them. But let’s be honest hockey isn’t a hard thing to love. It’s such an amazing sport that I quickly became passionate too.
It is not every day that I get to do an e-mail interview with both a father and a son.
McKenzie, currently a professional hockey player for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game, how he became a pro hockey player, his experience thus far with the Everblades and of course, thoughts on his relationship with his family and mainly, the Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
MM: I was born into a hockey family. My fathers job and love for the game basically forced me into the game but it was not long at all until I developed my own passion for the game at a very young age. The first time I played hockey was before I turned four at a pond near our house and ever since then I have had a passion for the game.