Third year player and current Saints Captain, Parker MacKay, has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth beginning the 2015-2016 season. An Irma, Ab. native and 1994 born forward, Parker has been outstanding during his three seasons as a Saint. Offensively Parker has contributed 54 goals 79 assists (133 pts) in 177 total games played, and was a force in helping the Saints capture the 2014 AJHL Gas Drive Cup.
Parker has the ability to change the game, included very timely scoring for the Saints throughout his career. After recently being honoured with 2015 Don McNabb Memorial Trophy for Most Dedicated Player in the AJHL, Parker will join former Saints Carson Soucy and Sammy Spurrell as he is the third Saint player to commit to Minnesota-Duluth in the past three years.
“I am extremely honoured to be committing to the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I cannot thank my parents, family, friends, teammates and coaches enough for the support they have given me throughout the years to make this possible,” stated Parker MacKay. “This has been a goal I have had for a long time now and to have the opportunity to play at the NCAA level, while getting an education is unbelievable.”
“Parker has a personality that allows other players to gravitate to him, which makes him an exceptional leader for our team,” proclaims Saints Head Coach and General Manager Jason McKee. “He has tremendous offensive instincts, but also has a real commitment to the details of the game, which makes him a real elite level player in our league. We are extremely happy to see Parker moving on to the next step in his career with Minnesota-Duluth. We look forward to Parker's continued contributions throughout the Saints 2015 playoff run.”
The Saints organization would like to congratulate Parker and his family on this step in his career, and wish him continued success moving forward, both athletically and academically.
Parker is the 4th Saint player committed to post-secondary this season:
- Parker MacKay (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
- Jarid Hauptman (Mount Royal College)
- Jordan Thomas (University of Alaska-Anchorage)
- Tyler Busch (Ohio State University)