The McKinney Warriors coaching staff rounded into shape over the weekend, with the club announcing the hiring of former Stanley Cup winner Steve Dykstra and Central Hockey L League veteran Erik Adams to the coaching staff.
The team previously announced Jeff Ramsay as its head coach. The team will be playing in the new North American 3HL, beginning this fall.
Warrior General Manager Reggie Hall said both Dykstra and Adams bring a great deal of knowledge to not only the Warriors, but to junior-level hockey.
Dykstra played more than 200 games in the NHL from 1985 to 1990 with the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oliers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Hartford Whalers. Dykstra won a Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1987-’88.
Since retiring in 1998, Dykstra remained active in the Dallas-Fort Worth hockey scene, coaching several travel teams in the area.
Hall said he’s known Dykstra for a number of years, and he brings a “great pedigree” to McKinney and junior hockey.
Adams spent last season coaching the Dallas Stars 18U Tier 1 squad in the Tier 1 elite league last season. Adams had a decorated collegiate career at the University of Denver, being named an Academic Honoree in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, leading the Pioneers to two playoff titles in 1998 and 2002, and a regular season championship in 2002.
Adams turned pro in 2002, playing one season in the East Coast Hockey League, before spending the next eight years in the Central Hockey League with New Mexico, Colorado and Allen. He won the CHL Championship with Colorado in 2007 and with Allen last season.
Adams retired in 2011 and moved into the front office, responsible for game day operations and player personnel.
Hall said Adams has a “rich background” at the collegiate and professional career, and has immersed himself in player development.
Hall added that the Warriors will hold tryouts Sep. 7 and 8 at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter at Farmers Branch. For more information, visit mckinneywarriors.pointstreaksite.com.