Kelly Sorensen grew up playing youth and junior hockey in his native Newmarket, Ontario, before earning a full scholarship to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Ferris State University.
A forward who skated four years with the then-Central Collegiate Hockey Association program - he dressed in 143 regular-season games and totaled 23 goals for 176 points for the Big Rapids, Mich.-based school - Sorensen was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1991.
After graduating from Ferris State in 1992, he went on to play five games in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Red Wings and Rochester Americans and 195 regular-season and playoff games for the East Coast Hockey League’s Hampton Roads Admirals.
With Hampton Roads, Sorensen tallied 43 goals for 99 points to go along with 496 penalty minutes and was honored as one of the top 30 performers in franchise history.
In addition to his coaching duties - he’s been championing a tough, honest approach behind the Jr. Kings’ bench since 2011 - Sorensen also serves as the organization’s executive director - a role he’s held for five-plus years.
As executive director, Sorensen has combined both his business and hockey acumen to help bolster the Jr. Kings’ Financial Assistance Program, as well as drive the athletic, academic and social advancement of every one of its players.
During his tenure, the Jr. Kings have also groomed dozens of players for the high-level junior, NCAA and professional hockey ranks and advanced over a dozen teams to the USA Hockey National Championships.
Sorensen, who earned his executive MBA from Loyola Marymount University, is also the Executive Vice President of a financial real estate company in the Los Angeles area.