A familiar family name from the ice around Estevan is heading back to the Western Canada Cup, a year after the massively successful 2016 tournament was held in the Energy City.
Josh McKechney led the Brooks Bandits in scoring during the playoffs as his squad have repeated as champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).
McKechney finished with 9 goals and 23 points in 13 postseason games as Brooks defeated the Whitecourt Wolverines in four straight games win the league title.
Though Josh was born in Calgary, the McKechney family has a storied past with the Estevan Bruins.
Originally from Bienfait, Josh's father Rob played one season with Estevan (1981-82) while his grandfather Gary coached the Bruins during two stretches in the 1970's and 1980's (71-75, 77-82). Josh uncle, Sterling, also suited up for the Bruins in the late 70's.
With Brooks' defending their AJHL title, they will return to the Western Canada Cup after finishing second in the tournament last season played at Affinity Place in Estevan. The Bandits advanced to the RBC National Championship with the West Kelowna Warriors, where West Kelowna won it all and Brooks' lost to the Warriors in the semi-final.