OHL: Kitchener Re-Signs GM Mike McKenzie

The Kitchener Rangers re-signed general manager Mike McKenzie to a contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

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 this season prior to the cancellation of the season due to COVID-19.

McKenzie has been 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.

McKenzie has been serving as the team’s interim head coach since November. Rangers ownership said that McKenzie had two years left on his deal prior to reaching this extension.

“I can’t express how excited I am to continue my journey with the Rangers,” said McKenzie. “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.

“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 honor and privilege to work for this organization and I am extremely excited and proud I can continue this journey with the Rangers.”

As a player, McKenzie graduated from St. Lawrence; he’s a Whitby, Ont. native whose father is TSN reporter Bob McKenzie.