Kyle McEnany is heading to D-III University of Southern Maine. The ’99 forward announced his commitment to the Huskies this week and will join the team in January.
McEnany has been one of the most creative players on the Colonials this season, tallying 32 points in 22 games. His playmaking ability, coupled with his stick-handling and lethal wrist shot, have made him a valuable asset in Danbury.
“I’m excited,” McEnany commented. “It’s a really good conference to play in, plus they have Olympic ice, which is my favorite to skate on.”
McEnany downplayed his personal expectations of anticipated role with the Huskies, explaining, “I just want to show up and play my best and help the team win games. [Southern Maine head coach Ed Harding] is a good guy and really knows the game, I’ll soak up everything he throws at me.”
“I’m thrilled for Kyle,” said Colonials head coach Kevin Cunningham. “He’s an extremely dynamic player who has the innate ability to create offensive chances for himself and his teammates.”
Not only has McEnany proven himself as a scorer, but as a two-way player as well. Cunningham has trusted McEnany on the penalty kill- a unit that ranks fourth in the NA3HL at 86% efficiency- and on the blueline. McEnany has played his last couple of games as a defenseman with injuries testing the team’s depth, and looked far from out of place.
“He’s a fierce competitor,” Cunningham elaborated. “And he’s just a really good teammate. He’s going to be a tremendous addition to their program. I’m so happy for Kyle and his family that his hard work has yielded such a great opportunity for him to continue his academic and hockey careers.”
This is the first college commitment of the season for the Colonials, who are in their first season of operation. Danbury currently sits in first place in the Northeast Division at 12-12-0.
“The Colonials are definitely one of my favorite groups of guys I’ve ever played with,” McEnany added. “Cunny knows how much I’m thankful for him, and I’ll stay in touch with him for a very long time. Shoutout to [assistant coach] Brian Allen, too.
“I expect the boys to be better when I leave,” he joked.