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Huskies’ first round pick of 2016: Evan MacKinnon

Vincent Éthier

The Rouyn Noranda Huskies had a successful 2015-2016 QMJHL campaign which saw them win the President Cup and go on to the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup Final. Moving ahead to this upcoming season and beyond, many are looking to make an impact and join the defending cup champs. Someone in particular is the Huskies’ first round draft pick of 2016, Evan MacKinnon.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Evan MacKinnon was selected 19th overall by the Huskies to conclude the first round of the draft. Knowing what kind of team the Huskies are, MacKinnon was ecstatic to say the least about the possibility of joining them.

“I watched them all year” MacKinnon said. “They have such energetic fans and the city of Rouyn Noranda loves hockey and are really passionate about it”. The Huskies went 54-9 last season with a ton of offensive production from players like Francis Perron, AJ Greer and Timo Meier who MacKinnon has trained with in the past. With the 2016-2017 QMJHL season around the corner, it remains to be seen in terms of who will be returning who will not. It is safe to say that the Huskies have a very fast and skilled player from Nova Scotia who is looking for his shot.

“Everybody is trying to earn a spot”. “All you can do is go in there a with a mindset to make the team and do what is asked of you.” MacKinnon spent his midget hockey career playing for the Dartmouth Major Midgets where had 43 points in 38 games and had a chance to play in the Telus Cup. MacKinnon believes that his past experiences and success in Nova Scotia is what will help reach the success he needs to one day reach the NHL. “The Ultimate Goal is to make the NHL but my focus now is to have a good career in Junior Hockey”. “Hockey is huge in Nova Scotia” MacKinnon states, “having the opportunity to be around such big names from Nova Scotia like Nathan MacKinnon (No Relation) and others I believe is something special that helps me as well”.

With a goal to make it in the QMJHL next season, MacKinnon also believes that his off-ice character and mentality will help him and his team on the ice as well. “Off the ice I am a driven and passionate kid and I am always competitive. Whether I am playing ping pong with my friends I always like to have a winning mindset”. This confidence and passion becomes part of MacKinnon’s on-ice game where he becomes dialed in and focused on contributing as much as he can for his team.

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