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In this episode, we sit down with Mike McKenzie, General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers and a former St. Michael’s Buzzers – where he was part of the championship team with Cassidy and Chris. Mike shares his wealth of experience, highlighting both the timeless principles and modern challenges of hockey. Here’s what you can expect:

  • The Essentials Remain: Discover how some fundamentals of the game, like going to the net, battling, and contact, have remained unchanged despite the evolution of hockey.
  • Social Media Pitfalls: Dive into a crucial discussion about the impact of social media on today’s players, including issues of comparison, entitlement, and the need for balance.
  • Player Accountability: Explore the idea of personal accountability and respect for the game and how it can lead to a deeper enjoyment of hockey.
  • Consistency and Effort: Unpack the concept of players “figuring it out” and how consistency and effort are crucial factors in a player’s success.

Mike McKenzie’s insights into the modern hockey landscape are both eye-opening and thought-provoking. Join us in this conversation and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the sport.

Remember to like, share, and leave comments, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. Enjoy this episode as we continue our journey Beyond the X’s and O’s.

The Beyond the X’s & O’s Podcast is hosted by Dr. Cassidy Preston, a Mental Performance Coach & founder of CEP Mindset, & Chris De Piero, a High-Performance Coach that has spent the past 30+ years in the game of hockey within the NHL, Hockey Canada, OHL, and European pro hockey. Cassidy is one of Chris’ former players where they won OPJHL Championship together in 2006. This podcast was born from their shared passion for helping coaches and leaders to go Beyond the X’s & O’s and develop the ‘human’ skills of leadership. Outside of the podcast they work together at CEP Mindset where they coach elite athletes, coaches, teams, and high-performing executives to achieve Consistent Elite Performance.