The new head coach of the Kitchener Rangers has National Hockey League coaching experience.
On Tuesday morning, Chris Dennis was named the club's 24th head coach in franchise history.
Dennis will replace Mike McKenzie who is moving back to the general manager role full-time.
Dennis calls it a dream come true.
“It’s a first-class organization that is driven to be one of the best teams in the Canadian Hockey League. Having the necessary people, resources and players in place to make a run and challenge for championships is exciting. The fan base is amazing and it’s a full building most nights. You want that excitement and that passion. Kitchener has that and then some.” he said in a news release.
The 42-year-old has 10 years of NHL and American Hockey League experience under his belt, serving with the Toronto Maple Leafs as both an assistant coach and video coach. He also spent three years in the Vegas Golden Knights organization as an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Most recently, he served as an associate coach with the OHL's Barrie Colts during the 2021-22 campaign. His first stint as a head coach came at York University, where he turned the program around, from worst-to-first, in just one season.
Dennis currently resides in Etobicoke with his wife and two sons.