The Powassan Voodoos have signed puck moving defenceman Rob McCollum from the Thunder Bay Kings Major Midget AAA program. The 6’0”, 175-pound defenceman’s impressive play at the club’s prospects camp back in April got the attention of the Voodoos hockey operations. Voodoos GM Chris Dawson credits Associate GM Mike Mackley for recruiting the Thunder Bay defender. Mackley says he’s an effortless skater with good speed and puck skills. He added McCollum can dictate the pace in possession, and contributes on both sides of the puck. Mackley says he likes to jump into the rush and has a deceptive physical edge to his game on the defensive side of the puck.
McCollum had 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 45 games with the Major Midget AAA Thunder Bay Kings last season, where he also spent time playing forward. McCollum says he was initially drawn to the Voodoos because of how well they competed last season. He says as he was participating in spring camp, he had the opportunity to watch a couple of their playoff games. McCollum says he was really impressed with the coaching staff, and how well they interacted with the defence core. McCollum will arrive in Powassan in late August when the Voodoos begin their main training camp.