Chilliwack Chiefs sign Kimball Union Academy captain Kyle Penney

Chilliwack Chiefs sign Kimball Union Academy captain Kyle Penney

The 19 year old Nova Scotian checks the character box, having captained the Wildcats in 2018-19.

The Chilliwack Chiefs have added another player from Kimball Union Academy.

After securing the services of Arlo Merritt last week, the junior A club has reeled in his teammate with the Wildcats, signing 2000 born forward Kyle Penney.

Penney is a Nova Scotia native who captained Kimball Union last season.

The six foot and 190 pound forward put up 27 points in 37 games in an unusual season. Known for his two-way play, Penney spent much of 2018-19 playing out of position on defence after injuries left the Wildcats thin on the blueline.

“As far as on-ice ability, Kyle has an extremely high hockey IQ, and uses his size and speed to make life miserable for opponents,” said Chilliwack head coach and general manager Brian Maloney. “But the biggest criteria for us in recruiting is character. Kyle is a player that has always come across to us as a natural leader. He is mature, grounded and someone you want to have in your locker room,”

Penney has already secured a scholarship to Cornell University.