Worcester Railers HC re-sign defenseman Kyle McKenzie
McKenzie finished his first professional season with a +4 rating
WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), and Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell(@JamieRusell18) officially announced today that the club has signed defenseman Kyle McKenzie(@Kyle_Mack3) to an ECHL contract for the 2018-19 season.
The 25-year-old defenseman returns for his second professional season after making his debut with the Railers in the 2017-18 season. McKenzie appeared in 71 games for the Railers and recorded three goals and seven assists for ten points and a +4 rating. The rookie defenseman also dressed for five playoff games during the post-season for the Railers.
Before joining the Railers, McKenzie spent four seasons with Providence College (2013-17) where he played in a total of 153 games, second all-time at Providence, and recorded 23 assists, 159 penalty minutes, a +31 rating, which included serving as an alternate captain his senior year.
Prior to the Friars in 2013, the 6-foot, 190lb Aston, PA native played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, and helped Dubuque to a first-place finish in the East Division in 2012-13. He posted two goals and six assists in 57 regular-season games, and had a +23 rating on the year and had 105 penalty minutes, helping Dubuque Sweep the Fargo Force to win the Clark Cup as USHL Champions.
“Kyle learned a ton about the pro game last year and we are looking for him to elevate his game to continue to improve,” said Russell. “Our expectations are higher as he enters his second pro campaign. He was a mainstay on our PK and we look for Kyle to be a steady puck moving defenseman that takes care of his own zone.”
The Worcester Railers HC 2018-19 home opener at the DCU Center is Saturday, October 20 vs. the Maine Mariners. The only way to secure your spot to opening night is by purchasing a season membership, flex package or a group outing by contacting the Railers HC front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com.