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About Kevin “Killer” Kaminski
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, 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.
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. He has since coached for the Missouri River Otters (UHL), Youngstown SteelHounds (CHL), Mississippi RiverKings (CHL), Louisiana IceGators (SPHL), and the Louisiana Drillers. In October 2016, he took the head coaching position with the Fresno Monsters of the Western States Hockey League, a Tier II junior team.
Kaminski won the CHL’s coach of the year award with the Mississippi RiverKings in the 2008–09 season.