(Spruce Grove, AB) – The Spruce Grove Saints are proud to announce we have acquired 1999 born forward Mackenzie Harden from the Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for a player development fee and future considerations.
Harden joins the Saints in the midst of having his best statistical season in his AJHL career. In 38 games played, the Leduc, AB native has tallied 11 goals, 19 assists and 50 pims, already eclipsing his previous career high of 25 points last season in 41 contests with Whitecourt.
GM Rob Sklaruk felt some size and grit was something the Saints needed moving towards the playoffs.
“Mackenzie is a hard-nosed player that has a lot of sand paper to his game. He plays the game the right way and can be counted on to add offense and leadership to our room.”
Sklaruk continued “Mackenzie has been a player of interest of ours for some time now, dating back to his days in Drayton Valley. We are excited to have finally landed him and are looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish in a Saints uniform.”
Harden, a veteran of 172 AJHL games in 4 seasons between Drayton Valley and Whitecourt has 35 goals and 54 assists accompanied by 109 penalty minutes to his credit.
“Having coached against Mackenzie for the past 2 seasons he is a player you notice every game by the way he competes and the effort he gives, it’s infectious.” Exclaimed Head Coach Bram Stephen. “His work ethic and heavy game is something we are excited to add to our line up. We think the way he plays will mesh well with our current players translating into continued offensive success for Mackenzie.”
The Saints would like to welcome Mackenzie and his family to the Saints organization.
Harden will wear # 39 for the Saints and is expected to make his debut with the team when the Saints host the Grande Prairie Storm this Friday January 11th at 7 pm.
Tickets for Fridays game are available online on the Saints website at tickets.sprucegrovesaints.ca
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