As we continue to highlight some of the standout former St. Louis Jr. Blues players in the run-up to the 2017-18 season, we now turn our attention to a forward: Andy McGlynn.
A St. Louis native who had played all his youth hockey for the Affton Americans, McGlynn joined the Jr. Blues for the 2013-14 campaign. In his first year with the club, McGlynn made the most of his opportunity, scoring 35 points (16 G+19 A) as the Jr. Blues made it to the Silver Cup Finals. Andy was recognized for his performance with a selection to the Central Division Top Prospects team and an eventual tender signing with the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues.
McGlynn would play 10 games in the 2014-15 season for Springfield, scoring one goal and adding a single assist, before returning to St. Louis. Back in the NA3HL, McGlynn was able to re-start his hockey career, with 14 goals and seven assists in 14 games played. His efforts caught the eye of the Corpus Christi IceRays, who tendered him for the 2015-16 season.
McGlynn then became a valued contributor for the IceRays. Playing in 56 games, he scored seven goals and added 20 assists. 2016-17 saw him continue his NAHL success: beginning the year in Corpus he scored seven goals with eight assists, before a move at the trade deadline sent him to the Coulee Region Chill. Andy adapted well to his new surroundings in Wisconsin, netting four goals with 11 assists in 26 games with his new club. He also dressed in all three of the Chill’s playoff fixtures, recording two assists.
Chill head coach Ryan Egan believes that “expectations are high for Andy this season. He has proven he can produce at this level and this season we are hoping to see the culmination of experience and skill come together for Andy. He is capable of great things and we will be counting on his leadership, experience and production throughout this next season.”
“I’ve been able to watch Andy play since he was a mite,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher. “To see him develop over the years into an elite player from our area has been incredible. I’ve had the opportunity to coach him in a year of Midget and two years in juniors and have witnessed him turn into a mature player on and off the ice. Andy has put himself in a position to fulfill his dream in becoming a NCAA Division I hockey player. I’m excited to see where this year will take him.”