Taking a shot at the NHL in the Lone Star State

Curtis McKenzie is one step closer to his dream of playing in the NHL after signing an entry level contract with the Dallas Stars.

Golden Native

Curtis McKenzie, who started his hockey career in the Golden Minor Hockey Association, has signed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars with the contract starting at the beginning in the 2013-14 season.

McKenzie joined the Stars after completing his senior season at Miami University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), where he recorded 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 39 games played.

The Golden, British Columbia native played in 158 career games for the Redhawks (NCAA Division I), posting 80 points (29 goals, 51 assists) and 285 penalty minutes.

Prior to his college hockey career, the six-foot-two, 205-pound left wing played two seasons of junior hockey with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 102 career BCHL games he had 74 points (33 goals, 41 assists) and 171 penalty minutes and helped Penticton win the 2008 BCHL Championship. McKenzie was drafted by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The players father Bruce McKenzie, a lawyer in Golden, said he is vary happy to see his son sign with the Stars.

“It was great for Curtis. It is great for him to go to the next level of hockey and we will see where that goes,” Bruce said. “He will be playing in the organization for the next two years and hopefully making it to the NHL which is his goal. We think he has the ability and desire to get there but it is amazing how far he has gone already.”

Bruce added, “It has been his dream like many who grow up in the Golden Minor Hockey system. His dream is still alive and he is going for it.”

McKenzie was a three-year teammate (2009-2012) with current Stars forward Reilly Smith and he helped Miami win the CCHA regular season title twice (2009-10, 2012-13), the 2011 CCHA Tournament and he made four-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2010-2013), including reaching the 2010 Frozen Four (National Semifinals).