It's been a busy but great hockey season for 16-year-old Langdon local Kyle McDonough, who is currently representing our province at the Canada Winter Games just months after being signed to the WHL!
This is McDonough's first time representing the province, and he said it's been a dream come true.
"It's great, it's unbelievable to be able to represent Alberta on the national stage. I never really thought that I'd make it to where I am at this point, it doesn't really hit you until you think about it, right? It's awesome."
Team Alberta has seen early success, going 2-1 so far. For McDonough, the teams and players he's facing have been the most difficult competition he's faced all year. The skill and speed required have been unmatched up to this point in his career, but he says he's been able to adjust now that he has a couple of games under his belt.
"The nerves can get to you a little bit, but once they go away... after the first game, I feel like as a team and as a player, it's kind of gone away. So now I just play my game and go there and do what I do to help the team the best I can."
With the tournament ending this Saturday, McDonough's immediate goals continue to be focusing on doing whatever he can to get Team Alberta the gold. As for long-term goals, now that he's 16 he's eligible to join the Portland Winterhawks, the WHL team that signed him in 2022.
Given that they already made their team this season McDonough will have to wait until next year, but he's allowed to practice with the team and could get called up for 5 games this year.
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