Axemen add forward McKim

Former NCAA Alaska forward transfers to Acadia

The Acadia Axemen are proud to welcome forward Matt McKim to the hockey program this upcoming fall. The St. John’s, Newfoundland native played last season with the NCAA’s Division 1 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, suiting up in 6 games, while adding 1 assist on the season.

Matt is the son of Andrew McKim, a former NHLer and AHL St. John’s Maple Leafs’ all-star.

McKim played for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL Junior ‘A’ league in 2018-19 where he scored 31 points in 58 games. He then moved on to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL in 2019-20, where he notched 85 points in 57 games. After 4 games with the Pontiacs in 2020-21, he joined the Valley Wildcats of the MJAHL, where he had 21 points in 17 regular season games.

We asked Matt why he chose Acadia, he said, “Acadia has a very strong and proud history, between the awesome location, traditions, and academics, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I think it’s going to be a great place where I can excel both on and off the ice.”

Axemen head coach Darren Burns likes the addition of McKim to the the Acadia lineup saying, “Matthew is going to bring a strong offensive punch to our line up. He is an extremely intelligent player who sees the ice well and has quick hands. He is a student of the game who has an excellent work ethic. Coming in as a transfer it will help make the adjustment much easier already playing a year of college hockey.”

We asked McKim what Axemen fans can expect from him on the ice this fall, he said, “I would describe my game as a playmaking forward and can expect the same game night in and out. I would like to come into this fall and help out offensively along with having a solid defensive game.”