Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Directwest Commitment: Broncos’ McKinnon Commits to SUNY Canton (NCAA Div III)

Reilly McKinnon announced his commitment to SUNY Canton, marking the fifth Broncos Directwest commitment this season. Photo Credit: Marla Possberg Photography


Reilly McKinnon has found his post-secondary path.

Broncos’ Defenceman, Reilly McKinnon, has announced he has committed to SUNY Canton, an NCAA Division III school in Canton, NY, USA and will become a member of the ‘Roos’ for the 2022/23 season.

“To be able to finally get this commitment, something that myself and my family have been working towards since starting hockey, is an amazing feeling,” said McKinnon. “I’m beyond grateful to get this opportunity to further my hockey career and education at SUNY Canton.”

McKinnon was acquired by the Broncos prior to the 2020/21 season. He unfortunately didn’t suit up for any games that year, as his 19-year-old season was washed out due to the COVID-19 SJHL shutdown.

Coming back for his final year of junior hockey in 2021, McKinnon hasn’t missed a beat. He’s played all 50 of the Bronco’s games, picking up 15 points (3g, 12a) while showcasing himself as a one of the top shutdown defenders in the SJHL.

“Reilly has been a calming presence on the blueline all season long for our group. His ability to read the game at a high level and his anticipation sets him apart, and he’s been doing it while consistently defending against the league’s best players too,” said Head coach and GM, Scott Barney. “He works extremely hard on the ice, he is also a fantastic community ambassador off the ice, being involved in many initiatives away from the rink. He’s the kind of guy that you would take 20 of on your team and we’re extremely proud of his accomplishment.”

Sticking with the process throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of his hockey career was a tall task for the then 19-year-old. However, it gave him a fresh outlook towards relishing the moment when his chance to return finally arose.

“Since getting traded here to Humboldt last year, going through the ups and downs with COVID and shutting our season down, I’ve just soaked in every minute this year, stuck to the process, and worked hard. I’m very proud to see that pay off for myself. A big part in my success is from my parents, coaches, and teammates. Their hard work and support every day have helped me get to this point in my career.”

It will be a family affair when Reilly attends SUNY Canton in the fall. His sister, Halle, also committed to the school to further her academic and athletic career as a member of their women’s hockey program.

“She is studying nursing down there and playing hockey, so its going to be cool going to the same place. She’s been a big part in my success and getting recognized by SUNY Canton.”

McKinnon’s commitment marks the fifth Humboldt Broncos’ commitment this season.

Reilly plans on studying Construction Management while attending SUNY Canton.

The Humboldt Broncos would like to extend our congratulations for Reilly and his family on his commitment.