Suffice to say that Alex Enegren will go a great distance to play junior hockey.
Rather obviously, Enegren liked what he saw in the brief sample size that he experienced with the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.
To that end, the 6 foot, 170 pound, 2001 birth year center has committed to once again pack his bags and head more than 1,500 miles from his home in the Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene to play for Kam River — the Fighting Walleye is based just outside Thunder Bay, Ontario — come the 2021-2022 SIJHL season.
Enegren got a taste of playing for the Fighting Walleye during the severely-shortened SIJHL regular season in 2020-2021 and he tallied three goals, three assists, six points in just four games for Kam River.
And Fighting Walleye general manager Kevin McCallum is of the notion that Enegren should be one of the top players in the seven team SIJHL this coming season.
“Bringing Alex back is a huge boost for our offense,” McCallum told Hockey News North. “He has produced and proven he can contribute at every level of junior hockey he has played. He is an outstanding individual who leads on and off the ice and is exactly what we want with our Fighting Walleye players.
“He committed to us early last year and jumped through hoops to get across the border and be a member of our program. It was a great day for Walleye Nation when he told us that he wanted to come back for the coming season,” McCallum added.
Prior to heading to Kam River and the SIJHL last year, Enegren played two full seasons for the Spokane Braves of the 20-team Kootenay International Jr. B Hockey League and scored 40 goals in 98 games.