MOST PROLIFIC AMERICAN-BORN SCORER IN CLUB HISTORY
For the past three seasons, Michael McChesney has called the city of Estevan home while starring on forward for the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins.
Since his first training camp in 2016/17 until his final SJHL regular season game on March 2nd, 2019, the product of Dickinson, North Dakota has been counted on as one of the snipers for his club and for each of the past three seasons and playoffs…he has delivered.
That has resulted in McChesney reaching a rare milestone in Bruins franchise history: 100 career goals (including playoffs). McChesney becomes the first Bruin since Dylan Smith (103, 2009-13) to reach the century mark in goals scored with Estevan. In fact, those two players are the only ones since Blaine Chrest (128, 1981-84) to reach the milestone in the past 35 seasons.
McChesney becomes the 12th player in the club’s 61-year history to score 100 goals, but the soft-spoken and humble forward is quick to credit all his teammates for helping him reach that milestone.
“Playing for two years with Zach Goberis and Jayden Davis was great, and this year with Will Koop and last year with Arthur Miller was key in myself getting as many points as possible,” detailed McChesney ahead of Game 5 of the Bruins quarterfinal series against the Humboldt Broncos. McChesney scored 2 goals in Game 4 to reach the century mark for his Bruins career.
“My first year I bounced around with guys like Jason Miller and Jake Fletcher, this year on powerplays with Johnny Witzke, Devan Harrison, Jake Heerspink, TJ Irey, Bryce Platt and so many others. There’s just so many people to credit and it’s great playing with players who can get you the puck to score or that I can pass to so they can score.”
In his first season, McChesney scored his first career SJHL goal in his 4th game as part of a road win in Battlefords. After a slow start with that being his only goal in his first 10 games, McChesney went off scoring in four straight games and 7 goals in 9 games.
‘Chez’ has consistently filled the net since then finishing with 21 goals in his rookie year (5th on the team) and added 6 more in 9 playoff games. In 2017/18, McChesney cracked the 30-goal mark (3rd on the team) and added 10 more during 16 playoff games as the Bruins made it to Game 7 of the Canalta Cup Final.
This past season, his last in junior hockey, McChesney led the Bruins with 31 goals and 61 points setting career high marks in both categories.
McChesney, along with fellow 3rd-year Bruin Johnny Witzke, has led the recent burst of North Dakota-born scorers flourishing with the Bruins. Current players including TJ Irey and rookie Isaiah Thomas have also become offensive catalysts for Estevan.
For his career, including playoffs, McChesney has 100 goals and 92 assists for 192 points in 193 career games as of March 21st, 2019. McChesney is the leader among American-born scorers in Bruins history, having past Zach Goberis (170 points) this past season.
Michael McChesney Scored 82 Goals In The Regular Season And Added 18 More In The Playoffs To Reach His Milestone. (Photo: Durr Photography)