Ryan MacKinnon was the Rimouski Oceanic captain in 2013-14.
Ryan MacKinnon’s road trip for his junior hockey training camp just got a lot shorter.
The Charlottetown Islanders announced Friday the acquisition of the Summerside native in a deal with the Rimouski Oceanic.
“I don’t have to cross the bridge anymore. I can just make a 45-minute, half an hour drive down the road and that’s as far as I’m going,” MacKinnon said.
In return for the 19-year-old defencemen, who is entering his final year of junior, Charlottetown sent a first-round pick (16th overall) in 2014 and a fifth-round pick in 2015 to Rimouski.
The first-round pick was acquired in the Antoine Bibeau deal with Val-d’Or.
MacKinnon said he had a "pretty big smile on my face,” when he heard about the trade.
“I’ve been excited ever since,” he said.
MacKinnon had four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 66 games while being the captain for the Oceanic, which finished tied for the league’s second-best record with the Halifax Mooseheads.
“His experience and leadership are immeasurable in my mind,” Islanders general manager Grant Sonier said.
The Islanders have been without a captain since trading Jack Nevins in January.
MacKinnon grew up playing hockey against another new Islander in Suffolk native Ross Johnston, who was also acquired on Friday.
“We’ve been exchanging texts and calls and stuff. We’re both pretty excited to be back on P.E.I.,” MacKinnon said.
MacKinnon played for Summerside while Johnston, and current Islander Craig MacLauchlan, played for Sherwood. The three all played spring hockey together for the Riptide.