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Undrafted Jeremy McKenna ready to prove doubters wrong with Flames

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10.07.2019

CAVENDISH, P.E.I. — Sitting in the clubhouse of Green Gables Golf Club, Jeremy McKenna is wearing a grin the size of nearby Confederation Bridge.

It is here, on the 18th hole of this Stanley Thompson gem, his long and winding road towards the NHL took a significant turn Tuesday when he signed with the Calgary Flames.

“It’s a dream come true to sign with my childhood team,” beamed the undrafted 20-year-old with a delightful, East Coast accent.

“I’m ready to prove a lot of people wrong.”

Fueled by a second-straight draft day snub and a work ethic instilled in him by his parents, former UPEI athletic standouts Mark and Sara, the nomadic McKenna is excited to pack his bags once again for another long-distance relocation.

Next stop, Stockton, Calif., where last year’s leading scorer of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats hopes to continue moving up the depth charts of a Flames organization desperately searching to bolster it’s right wing — a position once topped by his childhood hero, Jarome Iginla.

Although listed as being from nearby Summerside, P.E.I., McKenna was born in Canmore, Alta., where his parents owned and operated the Wendy’s franchise along the Trans-Canada highway. It was there his dad taught him to play on the outdoor rink, inspired by a........

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