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Hornets forward Gillis-McAnulty keeping fit during hockey shut-down

May 29, 2020   ·   0 Comments

After seeing the season come to an abrupt end this year, Alliston Hornets players are doing what they can to keep in shape until they get the word that hockey activities will resume.

For Hornets forward Keegan Gillis-McAnulty, it means staying in shape over the summer by running and doing some dry-land hockey skills.

The 6′ 3” forward had a successful season with the Alliston squad this past season scoring 26 goals and recording 21 assists over 40 games for a total of 47 points in his second season with the team.

Hailing from Onaping, near Sudbury, Keegan was attending the sports management program at Georgian College in Barrie during the season and graduated this year.

“We looked around the room at each other and thought ‘is this really happening?” he described of the atmosphere in the dressing room when the team was notified they were playing their last game. “Once we realized it was actually happening, we decided to play it like it was Game Seven of the series.

The team was playing their first game of the best-of-seven Conference Championship series against the Stayner Siskins when they got the news.

The Hornets went on to win the game 7 – 4.

With no ice in arenas anywhere, Keegan said he is trying to stay in shape during the summer with physical activity and practicing hockey skills. However, he said practicing shooting on pavement isn’t quite the same as being out on the ice.

“I’m doing a running program,” he said. “The team’s on a running program. We run three to four times a week. I shoot some pucks in the back yard and work on some stick handling, but it’s kind of hard since there’s no ice.”

Since Hockey Canada has cancelled all hockey activities including meetings with team executives, players can only wait to hear what will happen with the upcoming season.

“It’s still a waiting game,” Keegan said of what players are up to in the off season with no real news of plans for the season having been released.

With sporting activities currently on hold, Keegan said he will now focus on his summer job at a provincial park to keep busy over the summer.

A statement issued by Hockey Canada this week, said hockey activities around the country will resume at different times in each province and territory based on information from government and health authorities.

By Brian Lockhart


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