October 10, 2012, West Kelowna, BC – 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 school playing out of the Atlantic Hockey Conference.
After spending the first ten years of his life in Saskatchewan, McKinnon has called Kelowna home since then.
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 says, adding “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.
He’s a big strong guy, who skates really well and plays the game hard” says Warriors Coach/GM Rylan 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 ten points through nine games of the BCHL season.
Just a few days shy of his 20th birthday (Oct. 16th), 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.”