The Louisiana Drillers have hired Kevin "Killer" Kaminski as Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. Nicknamed “Killer” for his pugnacious style of play despite an undersized body relative to his teammates and opponents that would make him a fan favorite everywhere he played. Selected in the 3rd Round and 48th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Kaminski enjoyed an 11 year professional career that included 139 NHL games with Minnesota, Quebec and Washington and 286 AHL games with Halifax, Portland and Providence. In 1994 he helped the AHL’s Portland Pirates reach the pinnacle of Minor League Hockey by capturing the 1994 Calder Cup.
Since retiring as a player in 2000, Kaminski has coached in a variety of minor leagues, including two years as an Assistant Coach under Mike Babcock with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (affiliate of Anaheim and Detroit), two seasons in the ECHL/WCHL with Long Beach, two seasons in the UHL with Missouri, five seasons in the CHL with Youngstown and Mississippi and four seasons in the SPHL with Louisiana. In 2008-2009, Kaminski was the CHL “Coach of the Year” guiding the RiverKings to a 42-16-3 record.
The Louisiana Drillers are extremely privileged to have a quality coach such as Kevin join our staff. As a longtime professional player and coach, Kaminski is a great teacher of the game that will create great hockey players and even greater young men. Kevin has three daughters Alexia, McKenna and Katarina who all live in Chicago.