Steve McKenna

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Steve McKenna
Born (1973-08-21) August 21, 1973 (age 40)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg; 18 st 3 lb)
Position LW/D
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Serie A
HC Alleghe
EIHL
Nottingham Panthers
ALH
High1
Kangwon Land
China Sharks
AIHL
Adelaide Avalanche
Playing career 1996–2008

Steve McKenna (born August 21, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played both defense and left wing. He was a veteran of eight seasons in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

McKenna grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Cambridge, Ontario. He played the majority of his minor hockey career for the Cambridge Hawks of the OMHA before playing Jr.B. for the Cambridge Winterhawks of the OHA in 1991-92.

The following season, McKenna headed west to play Tier II Jr.A. hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in 1992-93.

After three seasons at Merrimack College, McKenna made his professional debut with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League in 1996. He joined the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL during the 1996–97 season, appearing in nine games. He was an NHL left winger.

McKenna appeared in 137 games with the Kings over four seasons before entering the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft and being selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 37th overall pick. After appearing in 20 games with the Wild, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 13, 2001, in exchange for Roman Simicek. McKenna joined the New York Rangers for the 2001–02 season before returning to the Penguins for the two seasons following that.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, there was a great demand for players like him so he played for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (Great Britain) and the Adelaide Avalanche of the AIHL (Australia).[1]. In 2005–06, he joined Alleghe of the Italian Serie A and later in 2006, he played for Kangwon Land in the Asia League, giving him the rare distinction of playing on four different continents. McKenna played in the Asia League until the completion of the 2008-09 season, where he played for High 1 from 2007–08 and the China Sharks in 2008-09. McKenna led all defensemen with eleven points, and briefly played with former NHL star Claude Lemieux before Lemieux returned to the Worcester Sharks.

McKenna finished his career with the CSK VVS Samara (ice hockey)(the Central Sports Club Of The Air Force, Samara) of the Russian Major League in 2009-10, scoring three points in ten games.

Coaching career[edit]

On August 16, 2006, Ice Hockey Australia announced that McKenna had been appointed as coach of the Mighty Roos, Australia's national team. During his time with the Avalanche in the AIHL, McKenna "fell in love with the Australian culture and climate and now wishes to make Australia his home." [2]

McKenna's official tenure as coach of the Mighty Roos started out in 2007, after McKenna completed his playing season with the Kangwonland. He will coach the team during their World Championships campaign that year.

McKenna coached Australia in to gaining a promotion to Division I during his first season at the helm of Mighty Roos.

McKenna has been the head coach of HC Alleghe, a Serie A1 hockey team, since the 2009-10 season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Cambridge Winterhawks Jr.B. OHA 48 21 23 44 173
1992–93 Notre Dame, SK Hounds Jr.A. SJHL 49 14 23 37 162
1993–94 Merrimack College NCAA 37 1 2 3 74
1994–95 Merrimack College NCAA 37 1 9 10 74
1995–96 Merrimack College NCAA 33 3 11 14 67
1996–97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 66 6 5 11 187
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 0 0 0 37
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 6 2 1 3 48
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 4 4 8 150 3 0 1 1 8
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 1 0 1 36
1999–2000 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 0 5 5 125
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 20 1 1 2 19
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 0 0 0 100
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 3 0 0 0 11
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 54 2 1 3 144
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 2 1 3 128
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 9 1 10 85
2004–05 Nottingham Panthers Crossover League 10 0 5 5 0
2004–05 Nottingham Panthers Challenge Cup 3 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 28 5 6 11 22
2004–05 Adelaide Avalanche AIHL 19 3 16 19 36
2005–06 HC Alleghe Serie A 42 7 8 15 84 4 1 0 1 10
2005–06 HC Alleghe Serie A Master Round 6 1 5 6 20
2006–07 Kangwon Land ALH 33 5 18 23 18 6 0 0 0 6
2007–08 High1 AL 30 2 11 13 64 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 373 18 14 32 824 3 0 1 1 8

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