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Rangers to announce new head coach Tuesday

Mike McKenzie will resume his full-time role as GM
Kitchener Rangers head coach and general manager Mike McKenzie skates on the ice during Development Camp.

The Kitchener Rangers will announce their 24th head coach on Tuesday morning.

That announcement is set for 10 a.m.

The club also announced that Mike McKenzie will be resuming his full-time role exclusively as general manager.

“We want to thank Mike for his support with stepping in as the interim head coach and guiding us through two difficult seasons during the pandemic,” Kitchener Rangers Chief Operating Officer Joe Birch said in a news release.

“Mike is a tremendous person, an outstanding General Manager and will continue to provide leadership to our hockey operations department moving forward.”

McKenzie said the decision to step down as head coach was not one he took lightly.

"I have really enjoyed working with the players and hockey staff on a daily basis as head coach. It has been fun and rewarding to get a first-hand, ice-level view of our players maturing, both on and off the ice. I will certainly miss that." he explained in a letter to fans.

"The decision to step down as head coach was made in the best interests of the organization as well as me personally. The time has come to have a head coach who can give 100 per cent of his time to coaching, developing our players and taking the team to a new level. Personally, I’m also happy to have a bit more flexibility in my schedule to be the best father I can be to my two young kids." McKenzie added.


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