Currently an assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) – Kenny McCudden joined the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff in June 2015 after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
McCudden has worked with numerous NHL players and instructed at prospect camps for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers, as well as the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves and the Ontario Hockey Association. He was the skating and skills coach for the United States Women’s National Team from 2011-14. His stint with Team USA included serving as a scout for the silver medal-winning squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Chicago native was born on August 6, 1961. He has worked with thousands of youth and amateur players in the Chicago-area as operator and owner of Ice Company Hockey Schools since 1990. He began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 as a 17-year-old stick boy and was the team’s assistant equipment manager when he left the organization in 1985.