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Kevin "Killer" Kaminski (born March 13, 1969 in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, notable for being one of the most prominent minor-league "goons" of the 1990s. He is currently the head coach of the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Kevin Kaminski
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Kaminski with the Fresno Monsters in 2018
Born (1969-03-13) March 13, 1969 (age 50)
Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Minnesota North Stars
Quebec Nordiques
Washington Capitals
Halifax Citadels
Portland Pirates
Providence Bruins
NHL Draft 48th overall, 1987
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1987–1999


Playing careerEdit

Selected in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Kaminski only played one game for the North Stars before he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Gaetan Duchesne. After spending several years in the Nordiques organization, principally for their Halifax Citadels farm team, he was traded to the Washington Capitals prior to the 1993–94 NHL season.

During his four seasons with the Capitals, his hard-nosed style of play would make him a fan favorite, as he would not hesitate to fight players much bigger than he was. He would play three more seasons in the minors for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League before retiring in 1999.

Although Kaminski played only 286 games in the AHL, less than four full seasons' worth, he stands in the top 50 in all-time career penalty minutes for the league.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from playing, Kaminski moved on to coaching starting as an assistant with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2000. He got his first head coaching position in 2002 with the Long Beach Ice Dogs in the West Coast Hockey League where he stayed for two seasons before being released.[1] He has since coached for the Missouri River Otters (UHL), Youngstown SteelHounds (CHL), Mississippi RiverKings (CHL), Louisiana IceGators (SPHL), and the Louisiana Drillers (NA3HL).[2] In October 2016, he took the head coaching position with the Fresno Monsters of the Western States Hockey League, a Tier II junior team.[3] After three seasons in Fresno, he returned to Saskatchewan and the head coaching position with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.[4]

Kaminski won the CHL's coach of the year award with the Mississippi RiverKings in the 2008–09 season.[5]


  1. ^ "Ice Dogs Elect Not to Renew Kaminski's Contract". OurSports Central. April 13, 2004. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Louisiana Drillers make coaching change". NA3HL. October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Former Washington Capitals Kevin "Killer" Kaminski named as new Head Coach". Fresno Monsters. October 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ice Wolves Hire New Management & Coaching Staff". La Ronge Ice Wolves. April 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "RiverKings' Kaminski named CHL coach of year". DeSoto Times-Tribune. March 20, 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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