Blue Jackets hire McCudden to coaching staff
Kenny McCudden is the newest member of the Blue Jackets coaching staff, the club announced Thursday.
"Kenny has worked with players at every level from young kids to NHL All-Stars and is a very well-respected skills and skating instructor," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said in a team release. "He adds a new dimension to our staff and I'm really excited about the contributions he'll make to our team."
McCudden spent the past 13 seasons with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, where he was the skating and skills coach. That stint included a Calder Cup championship in 2008.
According to the Blue Jackets' announcement, McCudden got his start in the hockey industry as a 17-year-old stick boy for his hometown NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in 1979, eventually working his way up to assistant equipment manager in that organization.