Winning makes it easier for Lucas McKay to go to the rink every day

Published on February 1, 2017

Lucas McKay of Deer Lake, shown in action with the St. Stephen County Aces before being dealt to division rival Miramichi Timberwolves in a four-player deal, says it’s easier to go to the rink when you’re winning hockey games, but his focus is still on being the best he can be every shift in his final year of junior hockey eligibility.

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Lucas McKay says his focus is always on being his best regardless of where his team sits in the standings. But finishing out his junior A hockey career on a league contender makes it easier to go to the rink.

McKay, a Deer Lake native who celebrated his 21st birthday Jan. 31, is settling in nicely with the Miramichi Timberwolves after being traded from the expansion St. Stephen County Aces before the Christmas break in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

The Timberwolves are riding a four-game winning streak and hold down fifth place overall in the 12-team Maritime setup.

McKay is enjoying being part of a skilled team with potential to vie for the league title. He is also impressed with the work ethic of his new teammates and has been welcomed as part of the Timberwolves family so he’s happy with how his final year of junior eligibility is unfolding.

The players and fans are excited about the buzz surrounding the team as it positions itself for a playoff run with only 15 games left in the regular campaign.

“Our expectations have been raised and we go out every night trying to please our fans,” he said.

The five-foot-11, 185-pound defenceman is logging his fair share of icetime with a regular shift and has seen some minutes on the power play, but his only focus is on working hard every shift.

He wants to win a championship before he says good-bye to junior hockey, and he has no idea what the future holds after this year because he will be actively seeking employment as an electrician.

McKay said he could be heading out west or he could be heading back to his roots in Deer Lake.

Work will be his priority now that he has an education, but hockey is a game that’s been good to him so he will seize a chance to continue playing if it doesn’t interfere with him putting food on the table.