Connor McGinnis at the 2016 MiHockey high school captains photoshoot. (Photo by Andrew Knapik/MiHockey)

Recruiting: Former Detroit Country Day captain Connor McGinnis commits to Air Force

By @MichaelCaples –

Former Detroit Country Day captain Connor McGinnis will be continuing his hockey career at the NCAA Division 1 level.

The Troy native has committed to Air Force.

“I like structure and regiment and at the Academy I will definitely get both on and off the ice,” McGinnis said via the NAHL’s official website. “After visiting the second time I knew it was the place for me. The coaching staff is phenomenal and I connected with them immediately and they truly believe in me, the guys on the team have a great attitude about the military aspect and I really bonded with current players and the commits, and the facilities were awesome not to mention the beautiful campus located in the Colorado Springs mountains.”

McGinnis competed in his first full season of junior hockey in 2017-18, logging 52 games with the Minot Minotauros and recording nine points. The 6-foot-2 defenseman was +6 in the Minotauros’ 12 playoff games, as well.

“Connor had a very solid rookie season with us,” said Tauros head coach and general manager Marty Murray. “He’s a very mature player both on and off the ice, and he became a very dependable defenseman for us down the stretch. He does everything well and as he fills into his body, he is only going to get better. Air Force is a great school for Connor, and they are getting a great kid that will fit into their culture.”

McGinnis spent three seasons with Detroit Country Day, serving as the school’s captain in 2016-17. In his final season, he racked up 29 points in 25 games from the blue line.

Prior to high school hockey, he played for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies bantam minor squad.


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