Matt Kenney To Play For University of Guelph

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Matt Kenney spent last season with the OJHL’s Burlington Cougars – Photo by Tim Bates/ OJHL Images

Former Chatham hockey player Matt Kenney will suit up this season for the University of Guelph Gryphons Men’s hockey team.

Kenney spent last season in the OJHL with the Burlington Cougars, where he scored 31 goals and 57 points in 51 games.

“I chose Guelph because it was the best spot for me to further both my academics and my hockey career,” explained Kenney. “The next few years of my life are very important in creating the foundation as to which I will live off of and the University of Guelph has been very successful in furthering their players’ careers to the next level while providing them with the necessary education to ensure a successful future.”

According to Guelph Gryphons head coach Shawn Camp, the school is happy to add Kenney and his skills to the program as well.

“We are extremely pleased to add Matt Kenney to our Gryphons Hockey family,” said Camp. “He is a gifted offensive player who will add offence to our lineup. He can make decisions at speed and distributes the puck well to either side of the ice.”

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 St. Thomas and London, also played Junior B locally for both the Lambton Shores Predators and Chatham Maroons, suiting up for the Maroons in the 2013-2014 season.

Kenney hopes to earn a career in Commerce, and help the Gryphons team chase a championship while in Guelph.

“During my time at the University of Guelph I hope to graduate with a degree from the Bachelor of Commerce program and help bring a CIS championship trophy to the city of Guelph. I also would like to create lasting friendships with not only the players on the team but from various people I meet throughout my time at university.”

Throughout his Junior career, Kenney played Junior A in four different leagues including the CCHL, MJHL, AJHL, and last season in the OJHL.

Last season, Guelph finished 4th in the OUA West with a 15-12-1 record. They begin their 2017-2018 OUA season October against the Brock Badgers.

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