The Portage Terriers are excited to announce that graduating defenceman Caelan McPhee has committed to St. Mary’s University (USports) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He says the decision wasn’t difficult. “Both of my parents went to that school. My whole Mom’s side lives in that area. It’s a good opportunity for me to reconnect with that side of my family, it’s an easy fit for me. I’ll be taking social sciences and history. I would like to follow in the footsteps of my Mom, she is a high school teacher.” He says he looks forward to hitting the ice. “Trevor Stienburg is a phenomenal coach and he has a really good reputation. He has done extraordinary things with that program. It was easy to say yes.”
One of the top defencemen in the MJHL, McPhee has been a leader on the Terriers for the last two seasons. Reliably consistent in 2018-19, he posted 40 points in 59 games and another 6 in the playoffs on route to a Turnbull and ANAVET Cup.
He said that it is a highlight he will never forget. “We went on a magical run and It’s something I’ll be remembering for the rest of my life.”
In his 20-year-old season he followed it up with 43 points in 60 games. McPhee was the Telus Defenceman of the Month for September and was named to the first All-Star Team. He was also recognized by the Terriers at their awards banquet with the Best Defenceman award.
“It was a great place to play hockey and to make new friends. I’m from Ancaster, Ontario so I’m used to being around big cities like Hamilton and Toronto but coming to MB and Portage the people there were so great. I have nothing but good things to say about Portage” says McPhee.