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From Retired Hockey Player to Assistant Hockey Coach: A Quick E-mail Interview with 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.

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Rangers’ Prospect Christian Thomas Getting It Done in the OHL

As the New York Rangers continue to become a younger hockey team, one has to hope that there will be more stories like the one I am about to point out to you, thanks to a Kukla’s Korner reader.

Blueshirts’ prospect Christian Thomas of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals is now tied for the league in goals with 52 after picking up a hat trick last night. By passing the 50-goal mark, Thomas’s father (former NHLer Steve Thomas) and him became the first father and son duo to have 50 plus goal seasons in the OHL.

You can read more about the game here.

The future certainly looks bright on Broadway, eh?

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