Jeremy McKenna at a recent Calgary Flames Development Camp – McKenna was signed to an AHL contract with the Flames affiliate, the Stockton Heat
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – It’s been a big summer so far for Island hockey players. Notably, undrafted Summerside natives Jeremy McKenna (20), Alex Gallant (26) and Ryan MacKinnon (24) have each committed to playing hockey in the American Hockey League (AHL) next season, just one step away from the ultimate dream of the NHL.
For Gallant and MacKinnon, they’re no strangers to the professional ranks (Gallant has spent the last four years in the AHL, while MacKinnon has played in the ECHL and AHL the last two seasons); however, for McKenna, this will be his first professional contract after lighting up the QMJHL the last two seasons. Gallant and McKenna signed with the Stockton Heat, and MacKinnon re-signed with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Jordan Spence (18), born in Sydney, Australia, but most recently a product of Cornwall, PEI, was drafted in the 4th round of the NHL Entry Draft by the LA Kings. It was a perfect fit for Spence whose favorite player growing up was Drew Doughty, current Kings defenseman. Spence spent two seasons with the Mid-Isle Matrix Major Bantam team before playing a year of Major Midget in Charlottetown. Spence, although undrafted in his first year of Junior, really came on to the scene with the Summerside Western Capitals before ultimately landing with the Moncton Wildcats of the QJMHL for the 2018-19 season.
Another Summerside product, Noah Dobson (19), is looking to crack the New York Islanders lineup in 2019 after being drafted 12th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and having recently won his 2nd of a back-to-back Memorial Cup.
Charlottetown natives Thomas Casey (19) and Kameron Kielly (22) also had their chance at throwing on some NHL threads this past month. Casey, who currently plays for his hometown Charlottetown Islanders in the QMJHL, received his first ever National Hockey League development camp invite by the Detroit Red Wings. Kielly, a past Charlottetown Islander and current University of Prince Edward Island Men’s Hockey Forward and Male Athlete of the Year, headed for Carolina after receiving an invite from the Hurricanes.
It’s an exciting time when we can celebrate PEI hockey’s rising stars.
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