Keaton Mercredi is ready to make another long trek from home — as in about 1,700 miles — to play junior hockey again this season.
Hailing from the small, remote northern Alberta town of High Level, Mercredi has signed up to play another season with the Thunder Bay-based Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.
A 5-foot-11, 185 pound right winger with a 2001 birth date, Mercredi tallied one goal, three assists, four points in four games for Kam River during the severely shortened 2020-2021 SIJHL season.
And Kam River general manager Kevin McCallum spewed superlatives when commenting to Hockey News North about the return of Mercredi to the Fighting Walleye for the upcoming SIJHL season.
“Having Keaton back is exciting,” McCallum began. “He is a top six forward in our lineup who brings skill and a bit of an edge to his game. Keaton brings leadership on and off the ice and is a true competitor.”
Beyond this season, McCallum envisions Mercredi playing college hockey.
“I am looking forward to going through the college recruiting process with Keaton this year as he is going to be a major asset to a college hockey program for four years. They will be getting a player that is every coach’s dream. He wants to be better and wants his teammates around him to be better,” McCallum emphasized.