KENNY McCUDDEN was named an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets today, joining head coach Todd Richards’ staff after 16 years with the Chicago Wolves.
McCUDDEN, a Chicago native, enjoyed two stints with the team from 1994-97 and 2002-15. He most recently served as the Wolves’ skating and skills coach and also spent two years (1995-97) as a radio and television analyst.
In addition to training the Atlanta Thrashers’ top prospects for nine seasons, McCUDDEN has worked with players from the Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers. He began his hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 as a 17-year-old stick boy and, by the time he left the organization six years later, had become an assistant equipment manager.
The operator and owner of Ice Company Hockey Schools and manager of the Chicago Wolves summer camps, he has worked with thousands of Chicago-area children since 1990. In addition he has served as the skating and skills coach for USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team since 2011 and accompanied the team to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, where they captured the silver medal.