McKenzie: Exceptional Draft, Recruitment And Management Skills
Rangers Sign GM Mike McKenzie To Contract Extension
The Kitchener Rangers announced today that the team has signed Mike McKenzie to a contract extension as the club’s General Manager through the 2024-25 season.
“In March 2017, Mike was announced as the Rangers’ General Manager as he had clearly demonstrated a work ethic and skill set that would provide him the opportunity to climb the ranks in the OHL,” said Rangers Chief Operating Officer, Steve Bienkowski.
“During the last three seasons, my opinion has been further cemented watching his draft, recruitment and management skills. He has demonstrated both a caring side for our players and staff and, at the same time, understood he is also responsible for making difficult decisions at times; both necessary skills of a senior leader of any organization.”
“Mike had two years remaining on his original contract and the organization is excited to have reached an extension agreement. Mike and his family have made a further commitment to the Kitchener Rangers and our community that will extend through the 2024-25 season.”
“I can’t express how excited I am to continue my journey with the Rangers,” said McKenzie, who also acted as the team’s interim head coach since November 2019 until the end of the 2019-20 season.
“The Rangers organization and Kitchener-Waterloo community holds a special place in my heart and always will. I have learned so much and met so many great people in my time here.”
During his tenure as GM, the team made an appearance in the Western Conference final in 2018 while having the fourth-best record in the OHL and finishing with honourable mention in the top 10 ranking of the Canadian Hockey League before the 2020 playoffs were cancelled.
Additionally, one of MacKenzie’s first ever picks in the OHL Priority Selection – Michael Vukojevic – was selected by the New Jersey Devils at this past summer’s NHL Draft. Three additional Rangers (Donovan Sebrango, Ville Ottavainen, and Reid Valade) are among the prospects named in the NHL Central Scouting list for this year’s draft.
“I am very proud of the steps we have taken as an organization while I have been here and look forward to continuing to add to the legacy of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club. It is an honuor and privilege to work for this organization and I am extremely excited and proud I can continue this journey with the Rangers.”
McKenzie has been a part of the organization since 2012 when he was hired as an assistant coach by 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.