This summer has been good for former Miami University hockey players.
Less than a week after Alec Martinez became a national celebrity after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal, former RedHawk forward Curtis McKenzie captured a trophy of his own.
McKenzie’s Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s Ice Caps 4-3 in overtime to capture the 2014 Calder Cup, the championship trophy in the American Hockey League, on Tuesday night. With that result and the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup victory, Miami became the only school to have a player on both the Stanley Cup and Calder Cup winning teams.
McKenzie enjoyed a tremendous rookie campaign for the Stars, leading all rookies and finishing ninth in the AHL (second on the Stars) with 65 points on 27 goals and 38 assists. He also finished with a +7 rating and accrued 92 penalty minutes. That steady production netted the Golden, British Columbia native the AHL’s Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award, given to the league’s top rookie each season.
During the postseason, McKenzie played in all 21 games and tallied 14 points on three goals and 11 assists while posting a +2 rating. He also posted five points in the five-game championship series against the Ice Caps.
In four years at Miami, McKenzie suited up for 158 games. He totaled 80 points on 29 goals and 51 assists while finishing +18. He also picked up 115 penalties for 285 penalty minutes. The RedHawks reached the NCAA Tournament all four years that McKenzie played and won regular season Central Collegiate Hockey Association titles in 2010 and 2013 and a CCHA Tournament crown in 2011. The Red and White also appeared in the Frozen Four during McKenzie’s freshman year in 2010, where he posted 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 42 games.