The West Kelowna Warriors are sending another player to the NCAA.
Forward Brett McKinnon has committed to College of the Holy Cross, a Div. I NCAA school playing out of the Atlantic Hockey conference.
After spending the first 10 years of his life in Saskatchewan, McKinnon has called Kelowna home ever since, working his way through the minor hockey ranks before joining the Warriors.
Now in his final season of junior eligibility, the versatile forward says he’s thrilled for the opportunity to continue his career.
“It’s a great academic school, and they’ve got a good hockey team,” McKinnon said. “It just seemed like a great place for me to play hockey next year.”
McKinnon says he’s leaning towards studying economics when he heads to Massachusetts next year.
Warriors coach/GM Rylan Ferster says the scholarship is deserving for McKinnon.
“He’s a big strong guy, who skates really well and plays the game hard,” said Ferster of the veteran skater. “He’s the perfect college player.”
After an impressive start to the season, McKinnon knows his showing at the BCHL showcase played a big part of landing a deal with Holy Cross. The forward put up six points in two games in Chilliwack, and currently has 10 points through nine games of the BCHL season.
Just a few days shy of his 20th birthday McKinnon also insists he’s still got plenty of motivation to guide him through the rest of the current season.
“I’ll hopefully finish a great year here and win an RBC championship with this team,” he said.
The Warriors play a home and home with the Langley Rivermen this weekend as the two teams play tonight (Friday) in Langley before returning to the Okanagan for a Saturday night game at Royal LePage Place.
The Warriors enter the weekend at 4-2-0-3 and are tied for second place in the BCHL Interior Conference. Langley is off to a 5-3-0-1 start. Game time Saturday is 7 p.m.