Wednesday, August 22, 2012


He's bided his time. Taken his share of lumps but he has always came back looking for more.

That's the case for 20 year old forward Malcom McKinney. The West Vancouver product enters the 2012-13 season as the longest serving Express player as he embarks on his 4th and final BCHL season.

The list of players who will have played 4 or more seasons in Express colors is pretty short. All time games leader Mark Soares is the only player to dress for 5 seasons (2001-06). The other player to play a good chunk of at least 4 seasons is Matt Allen. (2001-05).

Malcom will never be the biggest player on any team he plays on. But he has found a way to be persistent and stick in the BCHL.

In his first year in 09-10 he dressed for 32 games and scored 4 goals and 9 points. That season he was on the receiving end of a vicious head shot from Langley's Brandon Thompson and suffered a concussion.

Year 2 in 10-11 he improved his point total to 12 goals and 22 points in 52 games. Following the year he was a member of a select team of BCHL players that represented Canada at the Region Centre cup in Podolsk Russia just outside of Moscow. McKinney had a good showing in Russia. He chipped a little offensively. And he wasn't afraid to mix it up when the going got tough. Canada finished 2nd place in the 4 team tournament with a 2-1 record. Perhaps that showing was a sign of things to come for the 2011-12 season.

Entering the year as a 19 year old, the time had come to show he was ready to be a solid contributor at the BCHL level. As last season progressed McKinney's development continued to trend in the right direction.

He posted his best numbers to date in his BCHL career scoring 21 times, 4 of them for game winners. He finished with 53 points while dressing for all 60 games. He also added a physical element to his game. Throwing his weight around which didn't go unnoticed by the coaches.

Now entering his final seaon of junior hockey. McKinney is looking to cap off his junior career on a strong note. His confidence level when it comes to his ability to play in the BCHL has never been higher. He has paid his dues for sure. And the opportunity is there for Malcom McKinney to be rewarded for biding his time.

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