Updated July 13, 2021 - 1:36 pm
Mike McKenna will not return to the Golden Knights’ TV broadcast team next season, the studio analyst announced Tuesday on his Twitter account.
McKenna spent two seasons with the organization after he retired from playing in 2019. The former goaltender did not reveal his plans.
He declined to comment further on his departure.
Sadly, I will not be returning to the @GoldenKnights broadcast next @NHL season. I am forever grateful to the VGK for believing in me and providing the opportunity to learn and grow in my new career. I already miss the #VegasBorn fans. You have set the bar high.
Thank you 💛
— Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna56) July 13, 2021
“I am forever grateful to the VGK for believing in me and providing the opportunity to learn and grow in my new career,” McKenna wrote. “I already miss the #VegasBorn fans. You have set the bar high.”
McKenna, 38, was hired in 2019 as part of sweeping changes to the Knights’ broadcast team. He served as a studio analyst for the Knights’ pregame, intermission and postgame shows on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain and appeared on the team’s radio and social media platforms in various capacities.
He also did TV work as the color analyst for the Silver Knights of the American Hockey League.
McKenna started his playing career with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL in 2005 and appeared in 35 games for seven NHL organizations. He spent the majority of his 14 pro seasons in the AHL and occasionally filled in as the Knights’ emergency goaltender at practice during the 2019-20 season.
The job with the Knights was McKenna’s first after his playing days ended. His locker room tales, along with his quirky sense of humor and modern, analytical view of the game, were staples during TV broadcasts alongside studio host Daren Millard.
The Knights did not announce McKenna’s replacement.
“Mike McKenna did a great job for the Golden Knights and Silver Knights the last two seasons, and he has a bright future ahead of him as an NHL broadcaster,” the organization said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”