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1 Bill McKenzie
Bill McKenzie

Born : St.Thomas, Ontario, March 12, 1949
Catches : Left
Weight : 180 lbs.
Height : 5' 11"
Last Amateur club : Ohio State University (CCHA)
Drafted by : Never drafted


Transfered to Colorado when Kansas City franchise relocated

01-Jun-80 Released

Led the CHL in playoffs games played (10), playoffs minutes played (634), playoffs wins (8), playoffs shutouts (2) and playoffs GAA (2,18) with the Oklahoma City Blazers, 1976-77.   Shares with Bill Oleschuk and Doug Favell Rockies record for career and season most shutouts.  Holds Rockies record for career and season lowest GAA.
From the Rockies media guides

Bill McKenzie entered the professional hockey wars in 1973 with the Detroit Red wings organization following an excellent season in goal for the Port Huron Flags of the International Hockey League recording a 2,84 goal-against mark and was voted the International League's top netminder..

A 1972 graduate of Ohio State University where he allowed 192 goals in 71 games and posted five shutouts during three varsity campaigns, the energic goalie decided to seek out a career in hockey and joined the Port Huron club in the IHL. He played 45 games that first season and recorded a 2,84 goals against average.

He signed with Detroit the following year and was sent to their Virginia farm club in the American Hockey League. He also spent time with the Lions in England. After a season-and-a-half in the minor pro ramks, Bill got his National Hockey League baptismal in 1974 when he played 13 games for the Red wings,

McKenzie split his playing time the following season between the Virginia Wings of the AHL and the Detroit Red wings in the NHL. The wings traded him to Kansas city in a four-player deal in August, 1975.

On the ice, Bill is a cool character under pressure. He has quick moves, plays an agressive style of goal and is a very vocal netminder in competition.

His enthusiasm for the game has never been questioned, nor will it never be.

Back then, Bill and his wife Kathy maked their off-season home in Colombus, Ohio where he was operating a temporary employment agency and was attending Ohio State University Graduate School. He was working toward a Master degree in Physical Education.

Though the 1976-77 Colorado Rockies failed to make the playoffs in the NHL, the vetrean goaltender was a playoff hero that season - for the Kansas city Blues of the Central League in the Adams Cup playoffs. McKenzie was loaned to Kansas city, a farm club of the St.Louis Blues, by the Rockies organization in early March, and appeared 10 regular-season contests for K.C. At playoff time, both of the Blues' other goaltenders were unavailable; Doug Grant was with the Parent club in St.Louis, and Yves Bélanger was suffering from a serious groin injury. So McKenzie, who had appeared in five NHL game for the Rockies during the year, took on the heavy workload for Kansas city, and performed exceptionally well. After he and the Blues dropped the first two games in the CHL semifinals to the Fort Worth Texans, they sweped the next four games in a row, and then closed out the Tulsa Oilers in another four-game blitz+ to win the Adams Cup. Working in all 10 Cup contests, McKenzie posted two shutouts and a brilliant 2,18 goal-against-average, and won three of the eight playoff games in overtime.

Bill also played for Rhode Island in the AHL and for Oklahoma City in the CHL that season. In 1978-79, he joined the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL for the entire season.

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Regular season
 SEASON   GP   MIN   W   L   T   GA  SO   GAA    SA   Sv%   G   A PIM
1979-80   26  1342   9  12   3   78   1  3,49               0   0   2
1977-78   12   654   3   6   2   42   0  3,85               0   0   2
1976-77    5   200   0   2   0    8   0  2,40               0   0   0
  TOTAL   43  2196  12  20   5  128   1  3,50               0   0   4