Matthew McKim of St. John’s has been named captain of the Varsity Saints hockey team for St. Andrew’s College, a prep school located in Aurora, Ont. north of Toronto.
It’s just the second time in a Newfoundlander has been so honoured in the 118-year history of the school. The first was Hockey Hall of Famer and St. John’s native Harry “Moose” Watson in 1916.
McKim attends St. Andrew’s with the help of the Herder Family Scholarship, established in 1992 for a student from Newfoundland. The scholarship is merit-based on a candidate’s academic and athletic acumen, and tenable as long as his work remains at a high standard and he contributes to life at school. McKim, in his third year at St. Andrew’s, has certainly met those standards. Besides his hockey accomplishments, he is an academic scholar, on the Headmaster’s honour roll and plays on the school’s varsity soccer team.
Last season, the 17-year-old forward had 16 goals and 19 assists in 50 games for the Saints, who compete in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association, but also travel to play teams in the United States.
McKim, the son of former NHLer and St. John’s Maple Leafs star Andrew McKim, was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.