It’s been a crazy week for the Crusaders after acquiring two new defencemen Brendan Kallis, from the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL, and Kole Bryks, from the Melville Millionaires of the SJHL. On top of that, the team held their training camp this past weekend and had their intra-squad game.
Even with everything going on, General Manager Kyle Chase was busy behind the scenes working the phones; he ended up bringing in former Spruce Grove Saint forward Ryan McKinnon.
McKinnon (97) is coming in from the Melville Millionaires of the SJHL, the same team as Kole Bryks. The Edmonton native was part of the deal that saw the Saints receive Brendan Wells from the Millionaires, McKinnon and his two teammates – Connor Dochuk and Brayden Labant – were the future considerations in the deal.
“(Ryan) brings a solid two way game to the Crusaders; he competes hard in both ends of the rink,” said Chase on the transaction.
The newly acquired Crusaders forward has plenty of experience in the AJHL; he’s skated in over 150 games whilst scoring 65 points. He’s spent time with the Whitecourt Wolverines, Calgary Canucks, and most recently the Spruce Grove Saints.
Despite being the new guy, McKinnon is not coming into the team completely blind. During his midget hockey days, McKinnon was teammates with another new Crusader Dylan Stewart. The two of them played Midget AAA together for the CAC Edmonton Canadians.
Ryan McKinnon will become a key part of this teams team’s success. His experience alone will be greatly appreciated in such a young locker room.
McKinnon and the Crusaders in action in during their home pre-season game on September 5th against McKinnon’s former team the Spruce Grove Saints.