A native of Windsor, Ontario, Ted McGeen grew up in a place known for hockey. Home to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, young hockey players with big aspirations plan on going the CHL route. But McGeen went a different route, one that has landed him in Canton, New York playing college hockey.
Like most Canadians, McGeen started playing early on, and went through the normal leagues and levels of a rising elite hockey player. However, as the years progressed, McGeen realized his route wouldn’t be traditional for Windsor.
“I realized pretty early on that I wasn’t a typical OHL prospect, being a late bloomer, I was kind of small, and I had a late birthday in my draft year. Around 12 or 13, I got a bit more exposed to the college hockey route, maybe went to a few Michigan and Ferris State games. Not a ton, but I loved the atmosphere.”
After a year with Chatham in GOJHL, McGeen focused all his attention on playing college hockey. He decided to head west to the BCHL and the Powell River Kings, despite not being committed to the roster. After 24 games and five points, McGeen returned to Chatham.
“It’s a big thing to go out there without being committed, and I was pretty buried out there, as a 19-year-old and uncommitted, so I decided to come back to Chatham and then tried to figure out where to go as a 20-year-old.”
He ultimately played for the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL, a team that made a surprise run to the championship with McGeen contributing 56 points in 46 games, and a further 18 points in 25 playoff games.
“Things kind of fell in place with Wellington. It ended up being an awesome situation, right from the get-go we were a skilled team, and we just kept getting better and better. It was kind of a Cinderella story. We weren’t a front runner, I don’t think, entering the playoffs, but we put together a great run.”
Now a freshman at St. Lawrence, McGeen is taking advantage of everything SLU has to offer off the ice, in addition to playing hockey.
“I’m majoring in bio and chemistry, on a pre-med track, so the one-on-one time with professors, the ability to really get to know them, is an awesome advantage we have here at St. Lawrence. The class sizes, the Alumni Association, all of that made St. Lawrence really attractive to me, in addition to being able to play Division I hockey.”
McGeen has excelled in the classroom, and while SLU is the midst of difficult season, McGeen has seven points on one goal and six assists. His assist total is tied for third-best on the Saints.
His first career goal came at home against Clarkson, a game the Saints won 4-2, which he says made the moment even more special.
“I think if, at the beginning of the year, I could have picked a game to score my first goal in, it would have been Clarkson,” said McGeen. “I did get pretty lucky on that goal though. There was a Clarkson player moving across the goalie in front, and the puck hit him so, a bit lucky, but it still felt good.”
McGeen will tell you he prides himself on being a 200-foot player in addition to being a scorer, and while the opportunity to kill penalties hasn’t presented itself to him yet, he is certainly familiar with playing short-handed. In fact, he is the GOJHL record holder for most career shorthanded goals, a feat which he attributes to luck and his teammates mostly.
“It came out of nowhere. I didn’t know it was happening until I tied the record. I think a fan, or maybe someone on the team, just said ‘hey you just tied the league record for shorthanded goals.’ I think it’s a lot of luck, but it was fun, and I definitely enjoy killing penalties. I take a lot of pride in it, and it’s not a part of my college game yet, but I hope I can become a player who’s relied on to kill penalties.”
“For now, I’m just trying to get my bearings.”
The Saints sit last in the ECAC with ten games left in the regular season, and while they aren’t eliminated from home ice, and the ECAC is far from decided, McGeen and the Saints are just focused on their own game.
“If we pull together as a team the way we know we can, the way we did against Clarkson, the way we did in Minnesota, we can surprise some people. We don’t know who our opponent will be, and frankly, we don’t care, we’ll just be ready to go.”