Jim McKenzie is a scout for the Vegas Golden Knights, who won the Stanley Cup in June.
ESTEVAN – For the second time in less than three months, the Stanley Cup was in Estevan on Monday.
Carlyle’s Jim McKenzie, who is a scout with the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights, has his day with the Stanley Cup on Monday. He picked up the cherished NHL championship trophy in Regina and then brought it to Estevan so his family in the Estevan area could spend time with it.
Among the highlights was bringing it to Willy’s The Tap House, giving people a chance to have their photo taken with the trophy.
The Stanley Cup was then taken to the Estevan Regional Airport so that it could be flown to Flin Flon, Man., so Erin Ginnell, another member of the Knights’ scouting staff, could have a day with the trophy.
McKenzie is not the first member of the Golden Knights’ organization to bring the Stanley Cup to Estevan this year. Back in July, Estevan’s Brayden Pachal, who is a defenceman with the Golden Knights, had his day with the trophy, and he brought it home for a brief parade and an autograph session that attracted large crowds.
McKenzie has been part of the Knights’ scouting staff since the 2016-17 season, the year before the Knights entered the NHL.
He played 880 games in the NHL, recording 48 goals and 52 assists to go along with 1,739 penalty minutes with nine different NHL teams.
He also won the Stanley Cup as a player in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. That summer, he brought the Stanley Cup home to his hometown of Carlyle as part of a big community bash.
The night before the Stanley Cup was in Carlyle in 2003, he brought the trophy to the Tap House, where local fans had the chance to drink from the trophy.
McKenzie was born in Gull Lake. His family moved to Carlyle when he was young and he now has family in the Estevan area.