Six CSSHL Alumni Take Home CHL Honours

Six Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) alumni have taken home Canadian Hockey League (CHL) honours after successful seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Gavin McKenna – Medicine Hat Tigers

  • CHL Rookie of the Year Award The CHL Rookie of the Year Award is given out annually to the top rookie in the Canadian Hockey League
    • 34G-63A, 97 PTS, -4 in 61 GP during the 2023-24 season; as a 16-year-old rookie McKenna led the Tigers with 34 goals and 97 points
  • CHL Third Team-All Star Forward
    • 34G-63A, 97 PTS, -4 in 61 GP during the 2023-24 season; alongside Connor Bedard, the 2026 NHL Draft prospect is one of only two 16-year-old skaters in the WHL to record 90-plus points in a single season over the last 25 years
  • CHL All Rookie Team Forward
    • 34G-63A, 97 PTS, -4 in 61 GP during the 2023-24 season; as one of the CHL’s youngest players on an active roster during the 2023-24 season, McKenna registered 16 contests with three or more points, including four points on six occasions and two hat-tricks; his 97 points ranked second among CHL rookie this season

McKenna spent three season in the CSSHL, joining RHA Kelowna in 2020/21. He would play the following season as an underage player in the U18 Prep division, tallying 65 points in 35 games. The Tigers would select the Whitehorse, YT forward first overall at the 2022 WHL Draft. The following season McKenna would play for the South Alberta Hockey Academy U18 Prep team, once again leading the division in assists (38) and points (75), while his 37 goals were also a division best, earning him CSSHL U18 Prep MVP honours.

Cayden Lindstrom – Medicine Hat Tigers

  • CHL Top Prospect Award The CHL Top Draft Prospect Award presented by Kubota Canada is given out every year to the top eligible prospect for the NHL Entry Draft from the Canadian Hockey League. The award was first given in 1991.
    • 27G-19A, 46 PTS, +12 in 32 GP during the 2023-24 season; the Chetwynd, BC forward is expected to be a Top 5-10 selection at the upcoming 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

A third round pick by the Tigers at the 2021 WHL Draft, Lindstrom spent two seasons with Delta Hockey Academy, winning a 2022 CSSHL U17 Prep Western Championship. In 35 CSSHL games at the U15 Prep and U17 Prep level, Lindstrom tallied 70 points.

Zac Funk – Prince George Cougars

  • CHL First Team-All Star Forward
    • 67G-56A, 123 PTS, +56 in 68 GP during the 2023-24 season; the Washington Capitals prospect finished the season as the CHL’s leading goal scorer with 67 goals, making him just the 10th CHL skater since 2000 to top 65 goals in a single season

Funk joined Yale Hockey Academy for the 2017/18 U15 Prep season, producing 52 points in 28 games. The Calgary Hitmen would select him in the second round, 43rd overall at the 2018 WHL Draft.

Harrison Meneghin – Lethbridge Hurricanes 

  • CHL Third Team-All Star Goalie
    • 27-20-5-0 record, 2.59 GAA, .919 SV% & 3 SO in 53 GP during the 2023-24 season; ranked among the WHL leaders in several different categories, including save percentage (.919, second), shutouts (3, T-4th), minutes played (3,040, fourth) and saves (1,483, fifth).

Meneghin spent four season in the CSSHL with Delta Hockey Academy, posting a 33-14-1 record at the U15, U15 Prep and U18 Prep levels.

Luca Cagnoni – Portland Winterhawks

  • CHL Third Team-All Star Defenseman
    • 18G-72A, 90 PTS, +47 in 65 GP during the 2023-24 season; the San Jose Sharks prospect posted the first 90-point season by a WHL defenseman in the last 30 years

Undrafted to the WHL, Cagnoni spent three seasons with BWC Academy, playing in the U15 Prep, U16 Prep and U18 Prep divisions. In 75 total CSSHL games the fourth round NHL Draft Pick recorded 59 points.

Terik Parascak – Prince George Cougars

  • CHL All Rookie Team Forward
    • 43G-62A, 105 PTS, +49 in 68 GP during the 2023-24 season; the 2024 NHL Draft prospect led all CHL rookies during the 2023-24 season in goals (43) and scoring (105); his 105 points are the most by a rookie in the CHL since 2006-07 campaign (Patrick Kane – 145 points & Sam Gagner – 118 points)

Having spent four seasons with Edge School, Parascak is the CSSHL’s All-Time leading goal scorer with 119 goals, while his 217 points are second most all-time. Parascak was selected by Prince George in the fourth round of the 2021 WHL Draft.