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Blasi also had contacts in that region, having spent ample time there as an assistant at Denver prior to accepting the head coaching job at Miami.When he dressed for his first game in fall of 2009, McKenzie was the first western Canadian since 2000 graduate Dustin Whitecotton to put on a RedHawks sweater.Next: A change of paceA change of paceMcKenzie's family is only able to come to his games about once a season because of the traveling distance."It was definitely a change of pace, being this far from home and not being able to see the family at all," McKenzie said. "There's no easier place to go than here with the family environment, and all the guys here brought us in right away."On the ice, McKenzie made the transition look easy. He scored Miami's first goal of the season in the team's opener vs. St. Cloud State, set up by Andy Miele and Toolbox Hermes Price Jarod Palmer in a 3 2 win. He also took his first penalty for holding the stick.McKenzie recorded two goals and three assists in his first four games and led all RedHawks freshmen that season with 27 points on six goals and 21 assists.Miami senior captain Steven Spinell said that McKenzie earned the nickname "King Midas" that year because everything he touched turned to gold."We had quite a team that year, even to play and to have success with all the guys around meI was a lot ahead of where I thought I'd end up being after that year," McKenzie said. "It was a good first year."
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development I learned from other players and Coach (Fred) Harbinson, it was pretty amazing how much I learned that year," McKenzie said. "Next year when the opportunity was there we had a lot of turnover I was able to take advantage of it."That summer, McKenzie was selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Stars in the NHL draft.From Penticton Balenciaga City Mini Vs Nano
OXFORD, Ohio Curtis McKenzie is not the typical college hockey player.His ultra tough, physical and edgy style epitomizes the western Canadian brand of hockey, yet the Miami senior plays in a league with mandatory suspensions for fighting.One of his teammates used an unprintable word to describe him as a practice opponent, yet another said the 6 feet 2, 209 pound left wing was one of the most courteous and respectful people he has ever met. college route instead of remaining somewhat local and playing major juniors, becoming the first Canadian from west of Ontario that coach Enrico Blasi has brought to Miami.He looked like he would set the college hockey world ablaze early in his career and did not live up to his freshman campaign his middle two seasons.But the rejuvenated McKenzie has saved his best season for last on a Miami team chasing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.And McKenzie has enjoyed every minute of his experience as a RedHawk."My whole life I had it in my head that I wanted to come to college," McKenzie said. "Once I came here there was nowhere else I wanted to go. He also played soccer and golf growing up, and his sister was also a hockey standout, starring on her high school team. about 25 miles north of the Washington border at age 16, and he played for that city's Junior A team in the British Columbia Hockey League, which allowed him to retain his college eligibility.Most western Canadian hockey prospects play in the WHL, and McKenzie was selected by Red Deer, Alta., in the fifth round of that league's 2006 draft, but he would not have been able to play NCAA hockey had he chosen that route.McKenzie played in 49 games in his first season with Penticton, but recorded just three goals and seven assists and a lone helper in seven postseason games.In his second season with the Vees, he led the team in goals (30), points (64) and penalty minutes (90) despite being one of the younger forwards on the team.He also tied for the team lead in playoff points with 10 in 10 games as Penticton won the BCHL championship."My first year (in Penticton) I didn't play as much, but the Mini Balenciaga City Bag
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