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Friday, 29 September 2017 10:20

Swan River's McKay having success at WHL level

The Parkland Ranger organization has proved to be a stepping stone to the next level over the past several years for dozens of players, one of which is Swan River's, Riley McKay.

McKay played for the Bantam AAA Rangers in the 2013-14 season and won provincials with the team, before moving up to play with the Midget AAA Rangers the next year.

"We obviously had a great team in Bantam even though we didn't have many players to choose from," said McKay. "Then in Midget, we set a new record in wins for a Rangers team. Bantam and Midget are when you do all your improvement, and the Rangers helped me a lot in doing that."

After playing for the Rangers, McKay stayed in his hometown for one season to play for the Swan Valley Stampeders. In that season, McKay suited up in 54 games, recording 34 points and 151 penalty minutes.

Following one season with the Stampeders, McKay continued his jump in the ranks and joined the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, where he currently is.

"It's been a tough jump for sure," said McKay. "The first couple of games every time you go up a level are tough. Everyone is bigger and faster, but after a few games, you just go with the flow, and of course, your teammates and coaches are always there to help you."

This year is the second full season playing for the Chiefs for McKay after he put up nine points and 123 penalty minutes in 51 games last year.

So far this year, McKay has two points in two games.

"We started our season last week on the road in Prince George," said McKay. "We won both of those games, so that was great. Playing in the WHL is unbelievable. I never thought I would come from Swan River to play in Spokane. Everyone here is great, the coaches are great and the team is really good to me."

McKay and the rest of the Chiefs play two games this weekend, tonight being the first, before playing their home opener tomorrow against the Kootenay Ice.



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