In his first year as Head Coach of the Kitchener Rangers Mike Van Ryn has his team off to a great start.
Van Ryn was an assistant coach with Kitchener the last two years before taking on the head coaching role this season. He is joined behind the bench by assistants Mike McKenzie, Jay McKee and Daniel Tkaczuk. McKenzie has been with the Rangers since 2012, while McKee and Tkaczuk are new to the hockey club after previous roles as assistant coaches in Erie and Owen Sound respectively.
Van Ryn scored 129 points in 353 NHL games with St. Louis, Florida and Toronto. He also suited up with the Sarnia Sting after two seasons with Michigan State.
Kitchener has allowed an OHL-low 27 goals in 12 games this season, with St. Louis Blues prospect Luke Opilka getting the bulk of the starts in net, posting a 6-0-2 record with a 2.44GAA and a .915SV% in eight starts.
Leading the way for the Rangers offensively is Ryan MacInnis and 2014 second overall pick Adam Mascherin. After scoring 12 goals and 29 points in 62 games as a 16-year-old rookie last season, Mascherin has exploded with seven goals and 17 points in 12 games so far this year.
The Rangers are in Peterborough Thursday before hosting North Bay Friday and Guelph on Sunday.
Here’s Mike Van Ryn talking about the impressive start for the Kitchener Rangers: