Williamstown native and former professional hockey player Ken McDonell will be celebrated during a special CCHL2 hockey game on January 25, when the Rebels host the Brockville Tikis.
KENT MCDONELL RECOGNITION NIGHT “TAKE TWO”-Saturday, January 25th at 8:00PM – We hit some unfortunate weather on our first attempt, but Kent has agreed to make the trek back to Williamstown in January! So mark your calendars again as we recognize one of our own! #CCHL2 #GoRebsGo pic.twitter.com/hnRh1i48YN— Char-Lan Rebels (@CharLanRebels) December 31, 2019
McDonell, now 40, played his junior hockey with the Cornwall Colts (CJHL) and Guelph Storm (CCHL). He was drafted into the NHL in 1997 by the Carolina Hurricanes and then again in 1999 by the Detroit Red Wings, though he never played for either team.
His professional hockey career started in the 2000-01 season, when he suited up for the AHL Syracuse Crunch and the ECHL Dayton (Ohio) Bombers. The forward’s NHL debut came in the 2002-03 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Over two years, he played 32 games at the NHL level.
During the 2004-05 season, he played in Norway and Germany, before returning to North American the following year for one last AHL stint, this time with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
His European career continued in 2006-07, as he moved to Finland. McDonell went on to compete for clubs in Sweden through the 2015-16 season. His final year, 2016-17, was played in Denmark, after which he retired from the pro game.