Mike McKenzie named General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers
The Kitchener Rangers announced today that Mike McKenzie has been named General Manager of the Club, while Murray Hiebert will now assume the role of Director of Hockey Operations; effective immediately.
The role of assistant general manager previously held by McKenzie will remain vacant.
McKenzie was hired as an assistant coach of the Rangers in 2012 under then head coach, Steve Spott. He spent three seasons in that role before being promoted to assistant coach/assistant general manager ahead of the 2015-16 season.
As general manager, McKenzie will be responsible for all elements of Rangers’ scouting, including the upcoming OHL Priority Selection, OHL Under-18 Priority Selection and 2017 CHL Import Draft.
Further to those duties, McKenzie will oversee areas of player management, trades, and hockey operations staffing, as well as address any media obligations that arise.
As Director of Hockey Operations, Hiebert will continue to play a major part in Rangers’ scouting at both the OHL and OHL Priority Selection levels. He will also focus on the implementation and execution of player education plans, as well as serve as a liaison between the team and the Ontario Hockey League.
Breaking down new benchmarks set in 2016-17
Several teams will have updates to make in their respective team record books over the summer after a number of new records were set across the league on team and individual levels.
The Erie Otters were in the headlines often throughout the 2016-17 campaign, seemingly setting new records every few weeks. Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat and Darren Raddysh all re-wrote franchise records as the Otters made Canadian Hockey League history, earning their second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy and third consecutive Midwest Division title in the process.
There’s all that and more below! Here’s a look at new benchmarks set during this past season.