This only makes sense. That is, Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has boosted the contract of highly regarded general manager and director of player personnel Kevin McCallum through to the end of the 2024-2025 season.
McCallum is very well thought of by the Kam River ownership partners.
“On behalf of the entire Fighting Walleye organization and Dorsal Fin Entertainment group and its partners, I would like to congratulate Kevin on his contract extension,” relayed Kam River president Derek Geddes. “It has been a pleasure working with him. What he has done with his hockey operations group, in extremely tough conditions, is incredible. His attention to detail and tenacious work ethic has been infectious to everyone in our organization. I look forward to continuing to work with Kevin to make Walleye hockey the best it can be.”
McCallum orchestrated the building of a Kam River crew that reeled in the 2021-2022 SIJHL regular season title in the Fighting Walleye’s first full term as members of the SIJHL. Kam River will now play in the Bill Salonen Cup, SIJHL finals after sweeping its cross-town rival Thunder Bay North Stars in four straight games in the semi-finals.
“Having Kevin captain this ship has been an integral part of our hockey club,” said Fighting Walleye vice president of business operations Colin Campbell. “His clear vision is communicated and reinforced at every level of our organization. There is no single formula for building championship teams, but with Kevin McCallum at the helm, our organization will always be working hard to be at the top.”
McCallum has also been instrumental in helping Fighting Walleye graduating players secure college hockey commitments. Kam River has had five of its graduating 20 year olds commit to college hockey programs for next season, with two more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Fighting Walleye vice president of hockey operations Brad Collins noted that “Kevin has created a winning culture within our dressing room and organization in a very short period of time. With this contract extension, Kevin’s vision and expertise will continue to attract great athletes and great people. Our organization is extremely grateful for Kevin’s unparalleled dedication, attention to detail and professionalism. With eager anticipation, we can’t wait to see what Kevin and his staff have in store for the Kam River Fighting Walleye’s future.”
Earlier, the Fighting Walleye also extended the contract of rookie head coach Matt Valley, who was McCallum’s hand-picked choice to man the Kam River bench this season. Valley was recently named SIJHL coach of the year.