The Fredericton Red Wings received a jolt of adrenalin, bringing in veteran Quebec Major Junior Hockey League winger Aiden MacIntosh.
MacIntosh, a native of Moncton, has appeared in 90 QJMHL games, all with the Saint John Sea Dogs.The winger was originally drafted by the St. Stephen Aces, 17th overall in the second round of the 2017 Maritime Hockey League draft. MacIntosh appeared in 28 games with St. Stephen as a 16-year-old, scoring five times and adding five assists.
He was recalled by the Sea Dogs that season and posted 4-4-8 numbers in 29 games as a QMJHL rookie.
St. Stephen’s franchise was purchased by Fredericton last spring and re-located to the Capital City.
Fredericton retained MacIntosh’s MHL rights and was more than happy to welcome the former Moncton Flyers’ midget AAA star into the fold.
‘You always want to see players competing at the top level they can play, but there are times when a player changes his mind and wants to see what else is out there,’ said Red Wings’ general manager Brent Grant. ‘Aiden is coming to our organization full of excitement. He adds plenty of elements to our roster including leadership and offensive capabilities. We’re a young hockey team and he has plenty of experience despite only being 18. We look forward to Aiden’s presence in our lineup.’
The six-foot and 185-pound winger appeared in 13 of 27 team games this season with Saint John, scoring a goal and adding two assists. He was coming off a 48-game season in 2018-19 with the Port City squad, offering six goals and six assists
Wings Team President Roger Shannon says, “ I have known this young man since his early days in the game and when he was drafted to the Sea Dogs at the Draft held in their own building, they acquired a top player from the Powerhouse Moncton Midget team, Aiden simply needs to play, get lots of ice, with a goal in mind of finding his way to another level, Fredericton will be a great spot for him to work on his game, we will be excited to introduce him to our fans”
Fredericton fans at the Grant*Harvey Centre won’t get a chance to see MacIntosh until Dec. 6 when the squad returns home after a long road schedule.
The Red Wings, sitting fourth in the East Link North Division with an 11-8-1 record for 23 points, are on the road this weekend for a pair of games.
Fredericton visits Edmundston Blizzard on Friday before crossing the Confederation Bridge for a tilt with the Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday.
The Caps sit first overall in the MHL with a 21-3-0 record for 42 points. The Blizzard are second in the division with 30 points. The Red Wings are one point behind Campbellton Tigers in the race for third in the division. The Tigers have 24 points, but the Red Wings have two games in hand entering the weekend.
Fredericton returns home Friday Dec. 6 to face the Miramichi Timberwolves and then Saturday the 7th vs the Summerside Capitals.