Menell, 20, signed on Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, and was anticipated to hitch the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday night time.
“It is a dream come true, for positive,” stated Menell, who instantly referred to as his mom, Shannon, after signing the contract. “I’ve put in a lot effort and work. This was all the time the workforce I needed to be enjoying for rising up. That is one of the best-case state of affairs for me.”
Menell attended St. Thomas Academy for 2 years earlier than leaving house to play juniors at age sixteen.
After failing to make the varsity workforce at St. Thomas Academy throughout his sophomore yr, Menell determined it would be greatest for his improvement to take his skills to the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL). That led Menell to the Western Hockey League (WHL) the place he spent the previous three seasons, most just lately recording 12 objectives and fifty nine assists in 70 video games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Requested whether or not he might have imagined signing a contract with the Wild after not making the varsity staff at St. Thomas Academy simply 5 years in the past, Menell responded, “You do not actually take into consideration that again then.”
“You type of take child steps considering make one other staff, play juniors, and issues like that,” Menell stated. “You already know, wanting again on it, I undoubtedly do not assume I might’ve pictured this.”
His audition with the Wild began greater than two months in the past as an invitee to the staff’s annual improvement camp. He parlayed that right into a roster spot for the Traverse Metropolis Prospect Event earlier this month, and after a robust displaying there, he is been with the Minnesota Wild because the begin of coaching camp.
“I feel the primary apply being with Jared Spurgeon, he was all the time a man I appeared as much as, and being on the market subsequent to him was undoubtedly a surreal feeling,” Menell stated. “I went from watching him within the stands final yr to being on the ice with him. That was undoubtedly a second that caught out for me.”
Menell has performed in a single recreation this preseason, logging quarter-hour, 32 seconds of ice time and tallying an help within the Wild’s 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night time on the Xcel Power Middle.
“I got here in with the mentality that there is nothing to lose,” Menell stated after his unofficial NHL debut. “I felt like I did rather well in Traverse Metropolis and confirmed up daily and stored making an attempt to get higher. It has been an actual honor to make it this far.”
Now that he has signed an entry-degree contract, Menell is hoping to comply with the identical path as Spurgeon, who has grow to be a family…