Mckinney Joins Flames in Elite League
26 year old winger Andy McKinney will ice his second stint in the top flight when he returns to the Flames for their opening Elite League campaign. The 6’0”, 190lb forward iced 57 times for Spectrum’s men last season, collecting 18 goals and 41 points while leading the side in penalty minutes with 154. He transferred to Surrey for the 2014-2015 set after a pair of terms at Manchester Phoenix with whom he helped to a Playoff and League title in consecutive seasons. He added to his trophy count in Guildford as part of the Flames 2015-2016 Cup and Playoff “Double”. In 171 Flames starts across 3 terms, the Hamilton, Canada born skater has 48 goals, 61 assists and 343 penalty minutes as part of a 188 point tally in more than 350 Premier League games.
“Not including under 23 British players, we have a 19 man game night line-up limit, but we will carry at least 20. This means we will have a slightly bigger roster than we can ice on any given night,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We will be playing against some very high calibre opposition, and we don’t want to challenge ourselves further by trying to play short staffed if we can possibly avoid that. It also adds a bit of flexibility for roster selection on the night if everyone is fit for match duty.”
“In this context, having a really versatile guy like Andy available to us is very valuable,” added Dixon. “He can cover for anyone up front, foreign or domestic, and he will play a gritty brand of hockey no matter where we ask him to step in.”
McKinney began his senior career with Telford Tigers, icing 22 times during the 2008-2009 term. He spent the bulk of the following season with Trafford Metros before returning to Telford in 2010-2011 when he scored 9 goals and 21 points in 53 starts. He played a handful of games for the Tigers the following season and iced 42 times with Elite outfit Hull Stingrays with whom he had 4 goals and 9 points ahead of his Manchester transfer.
Photo attached of Andy in action at Spectrum this past season. Photo by John Uwins.