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WHL ALL-STAR – Medicine Hat Tiger Gavin McKenna (72) competes in a first round playoff game against the Winnipeg Ice and Matthew Savoie (93) in early April 2023 in Medicine Hat. McKenna was named a Western Hockey League Central Division First Team All-Star recently. Photo courtesy RANDY FEERE/THE MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

McKenna sets Tigers record; named to First All-Star team

Whitehorse native Gavin McKenna is the highest scoring 16-year-old in Medicine Hat Tigers history.

By Morris Prokop on April 2, 2024

Whitehorse native Gavin McKenna is the highest scoring 16-year-old in Medicine Hat Tigers history.

McKenna set a Tigers franchise record for 16-year-olds with 97 points this season. The left wing tallied 34 goals and 63 assists and ended up with a -4 plus-minus in 61 games.

McKenna, 6'0 and 165 pounds, also finished fifth in the entire league in power play assists with 32.

McKenna is, of course, the first Yukoner taken first overall in the Western Hockey League (WHL) draft, in 2022.

Mckenna has also been named to the Central Division's First All-Star Team.

The All-Star teams are voted on by WHL general managers.

According to the WHL, "McKenna’s output rivalled that of a 16-year-old Connor Bedard, who secured 100 points (51 goals, 49 assists) in 62 games with the Regina Pats during the 2021-22 season."

McKenna was named Tempo WHL Player of the Week on Jan. 8.

He was also named Kal Tire WHL Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks – Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

He was named WHL Player of the Month for January, recording 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 12 games to lead all WHL point-getters during the month of January.

In addition, McKenna was named WHL WHL Rookie of the Month for February. He recorded 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games to lead all WHL rookie scorers during the month of February.

McKenna's success has carried over into the playoffs, as he's notched two goals and two assists in two first-round games against the Red Deer Rebels and is already sitting at +3 in plus-minus.

That series, currently tied at one win apiece, resumes tonight in Red Deer.

McKenna is considered one of the top prospects in the 2026 NHL draft.

– With files from the Western Hockey League

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