06/12/2012 11:11 AM
DENVER, CO – The Denver Cutthroats announced today they’ve signed defenseman Aaron MacKenzie as their first player in franchise history. MacKenzie brings with him eight years of pro hockey experience, including six in the American Hockey League and a handful of games with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
The upcoming season will be MacKenzie’s first in the Central Hockey League.
“We’re excited to bring Aaron on as our first player,” said head coach Derek Armstrong. “He’s a veteran defenseman, who has experienced the NHL level of hockey, and he’s been a captain in the AHL so he’ll be an anchor for our team both on and off the ice.”
The 31-year-old also skated four seasons at the University of Denver, recording 19 goals and 54 assists in 157 games from 1999-2003.
“I’m excited to be a part of things,” said MacKenzie. “This is a brand new team and a new league for me. This is also a chance to return to the Denver area where I’ve had some great memories in my hockey career, and now I can add playing in the Denver Coliseum to that.”
MacKenzie (muh-KEN-zee) spent the first six years of his pro career at the AHL level with the Worcester Sharks, Peoria Rivermen, and Lake Erie Monsters. During his 2008-09 season with Lake Erie, the Terrace Bay, Ontario native was called up twice to the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, skating in five games. MacKenzie was named team captain during his final two seasons with Peoria (2006-08).
For the past three years, the 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman was overseas, playing in Europe and Asia. Prior to attending the University of Denver, MacKenzie appeared in 49 games for the USHL’s Thunder Bay Flyers, registering eight goals and 12 assists.