Matt Kenney Signs With AJHL’s Brooks Bandits

Matt Kenney

Matt Kenney at the GOJHL Top Prospects game last season – Photo by Dan Hickling (@DanHickling)

Former Chatham hockey player Matt Kenney will be taking his game West this season, as the forward has signed with the Junior A Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits.

Kenney, who lived in Chatham from 2004-2007, playing in the Chatham Minor Hockey Association in Major Novice and Minor Atom before he moved to the St. Thomas and London, split last season between the Lambton Shores Predators and Chatham Maroons.

“I think the opportunities for me as a player for the Brooks Bandits and also as a player trying to reach the next level are outstanding,” said Kenney about signing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

“Brooks has been known to put multiple players in NCAA division I schools. I chose to go out West and join the AJHL because it is known to be one of the most heavily scouted leagues for division I hockey in North America. I felt for me trying to become a Division I hockey player, Brooks is the best team possible for me to try and obtain this goal.”

In 44 games last season, Kenney scored 15 goals and added 11 assists for 26 points.

This season, Kenney will look to contribute with Brooks and work toward his NCAA goals.

“My goals for this season are to try and contribute to Brooks in any way possible on and off the ice. Also I would like myself to become a better player mentally so that I can think quicker on my feet to better myself in tougher situations on the ice.”

In 2013-2014, the Brooks Bandits finished first in the AJHL’s South Division with a record of 39-13-8. Brooks opened their 2014-2015 schedule Friday night, falling 3-1 to the Camrose Kodiaks.

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