Columbus adds McCudden to Richards’ coaching staff

The Blue Jackets have hired former Chicago Wolves skating and skills coach Kenny McCudden to serve on Todd Richards’ staff, the club announced on Thursday.

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The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

“Kenny has worked with players at every level from young kids to NHL All-Stars and is a very well-respected skills and skating instructor,” said Richards. “He adds a new dimension to our staff and I’m really excited about the contributions he’ll make to our team.”

McCudden will join associate coach Craig Hartsburg and fellow assistant Brad Larsen on the Columbus bench.

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