Maine bound

MacKin­non com­mits to Black Bears

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Car­son MacKin­non has com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Maine Black Bears for 2017-18.

Car­son MacKin­non has cho­sen the NCAA route, com­mit­ting to the Maine Black Bears for the 2017-18 hockey sea­son.

“It’s some­thing me and my fam­ily talked about for a long time,” the 15-year-old Summerside na­tive said Wed­nes­day. “I think the col­lege route would be a bet­ter po­si­tion for me (to de­velop) as a player and as a per­son.”

MacKin­non cap­tained Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s team at the Canada Games in Prince Ge­orge, B.C., and the Ga­torade Ex­cel­lence Chal­lenge, a show­case event for Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League prospects, ear­lier this year.

MacKin­non had 12 goals and 17 points in six games in Prince Ge­orge. Five of those games were against Yukon, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and New­found­land and Labrador. He had five goals and three as­sists in five games at the chal­lenge.

The cen­tre said Maine of­fi­cials watched him play at the Canada Games and talked to him once he re­turned to Notre Dame in Wil­cox, Sask. They saw him skate in Char­lot­te­town and sat down with MacKin­non and his fam­ily the fol­low­ing day.

MacKin­non was drafted by the Ri­mouski Oceanic in the fourth round (61st over­all) of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League draft on June 6. His older brother Ryan played the first three sea­sons of his ma­jor ju­nior ca­reer there.

He will not be at­tend­ing the Ri­mouski camp next month and plans to head back to Saskatchewan for his Grade 11 year with the Hounds.

“It was a tough de­ci­sion,” MacKin­non said. “Ri­mouski is def­i­nitely one of the top or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Q.”

He was un­sure what would hap­pen in his Grade 12 sea­son, but the Summerside Western Cap­i­tals have his ju­nior A rights.

“I’m just fo­cus­ing on go­ing back and hav­ing a good year of mid­get right now,” MacKin­non said.

The young hockey player and his fam­ily are plan­ning a trip to Maine in Au­gust to visit the cam­pus.

The Black Bears went 8-12-2 last sea­son in Hockey East, which in­cludes strong pro­grams like Bos­ton Univer­sity, Providence and Bos­ton Col­lege.

The team’s alumni in­clude Paul Kariya, Scott Pel­lerin, JeanYves Roys, Gus­tav Nyquist, Dustin Penner, Teddy Pur­cell, Matt Martin, Jimmy Howard and Scott Dar­ling.


Car­son MacKin­non has com­mit­ted to the Maine Black Bears men’s hockey pro­gram.


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