July 6, 2022

12:35 PM EDT

The North York Rangers are excited to announce Michael Henrich as the team’s new head coach, effective immediately.

”I am excited to be a part of the Rangers organization and to have the opportunity to work with the team,” said Henrich.

Henrich has a lengthy playing career spanning numerous leagues and levels. He was the fifth overall pick of the Barrie Colts in the 1996 OHL Priority Selection Draft. He went on to rack up 126 goals and 118 assists for 244 points in 246 games during his four seasons with the team. In his final season, he helped the Colts capture their first OHL Championship in 1999-2000. He was selected 13th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

After his OHL career, he spent four seasons in the American Hockey League with Hamilton Bulldogs, Hershey Bears, and Toronto Roadrunners. He also played 10 seasons of professional hockey in numerous countries in Europe, including Austria, Germany, Italy, and England.

Following his playing career, Henrich turned his focus to coaching. He has already spent time coaching in the OJHL and OHL.

North York finished second in the South Division last season with a 38-13-2-1 record for 79 points (the fourth-best record in the OJHL). After defeating the St. Michael’s Buzzers in the first round, they fell to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Conference semifinals. However, the Rangers have been very impressive recently, tallying 37 plus wins in three of the last four seasons.