Kam River via Amarillo

December 2, 2021

Johnny McCollum is returning to his hometown roots. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound, 2003 birth year defenseman is now a member of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A local Thunder Bay product, the big defender has been obtained by Kam River from the Amarillo Wranglers of the North American Hockey League.

Fighting Walleye general manager Kevin McCallum commented on the acquisition of McCollum when asked by Hockey News North.

“The addition of Johnny McCollum is another big move for an already steady and strong D core,” McCallum began. “We are excited to add his size and skill. We know Johnny well as his older brother (Joe) was in our D last season and we may see him as an (affiliate player) this year.

“We know that Johnny brings a lot of skill and his physical play is going to be exciting for our huge fan base,” the Fighting Walleye GM added.

McCallum also credited McCollum’s advisor, Ian Swalucynski of Thunder Bay, for “being a big piece of getting Johnny to the Fighting Walleye.”

Kam River currently sits in first place in the seven-team SIJHL, just ahead of the Red Lake Miners, Dryden Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars.

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