By Leif Skodnick
Special To ECHL.com
As a member of the Bowling Green State University hockey team, D’Arcy McConvey did everything.
He was a star on the ice, playing in 153 consecutive games, scoring 31 goals and 71 assists in a four-year varsity career.
He was even better in the classroom, earning a 3.91 grade-point average, Academic All-American honors and Bowling Green’s Meserve Scholarship, awarded to the best scholar-athletes in the senior class while majoring in Financial Economics.
Following a summer that included an appearance on CBC Television’s reality series “Making the Cut”, the 23-year-old McConvey signed with the Reading Royals and began his professional career.
Unfortunately, the reality of the world of professional hockey caught up with him.
“D’Arcy was caught in a numbers game in Reading,” explains Inferno head coach Scott White.
After a slow start to his first professional season, McConvey requested a trade.
“In Reading, I wasn’t really getting an opportunity to play,” states McConvey, who skated in four games for the Royals. “I talked to coach [Derek Clancey] and I asked him to send me somewhere that I could help the team.”
And so on November 22, Reading sent McConvey, who hadn’t recorded a point, to the Inferno in a trade that hardly anyone noticed.
Until McConvey exploded on the scene in Columbia with four goals, including two game winners, in his first two games.
“D’Arcy has a great knack for finding the net,” says White, who was at the helm of the 2003 Inferno club that reached the Kelly Cup Finals. “He’s always had the ability, and he’s getting to show it here.”
In Columbia, McConvey is getting to fill a role on the ice instead of a chair in the press box.
“We had to do something,” states White, whose club began the season 3-5-2 and was averaging just above two goals per game through its’ first 10 games. “Alex Burrows was recalled to Manitoba and we had to make a move. We were in a phase where we weren’t scoring goals.”
The rookie forward, who has scored 10 points (7g-3a) in seven games with the Inferno, has certainly helped bring Columbia out of that phase.”I’ve got great linemates in Brad Ralph and Chanse Fitzpatrick,” said McConvey, who is tied for the ECHL rookie lead with three game-winning goals. “Brad and Chanse and I are just getting good opportunities and feeding each other. It’s worked out well so far.
“I came in with the mentality of ‘do what you do best,’ I’m confident in my ability, and I needed the chance to do it,” McConvey stated. “You can’t score if you don’t shoot, and you can’t score from the bench.”
His mental approach to the game was also a welcome addition to the Inferno dressing room.
“D’Arcy brings an air of confidence to the room,” added White. “We had good chemistry before he showed up, but his confidence was a welcome addition, and it was something we needed. He’s got a lot of ability and I’m glad were giving him a chance to show it.”