(Photo: Morgan Messenger warms up for Team Canada East before their game against Russia at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge at Mariners Centre on November 4, 2013)
Morgan Messenger's Junior A hockey days are over.
The 21 year old forward from Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County got to play in the RBC Cup, an Alberta Junior Hockey League Final, the World Junior A Challenge and an MHL final with the Yarmouth Mariners.
Now, he's moving on to U-SPORTS, and will play for York University in Ontario.
— Wolverines Jr A (@WolverinesJrA) June 12, 2017
Messenger says he was relieved to receive the offer.
"Getting down to the end of the season, and you still don't have a place to play for next season, it gets a little nerve wracking. To have them give me the offer and to be able to take it, is just awesome."
Messenger began his Junior A career with the Mariners in their 2012 run to the finals, and was named MHL Rookie of the Year in 2013.
Maybe his most memorable moment: scoring for Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge at Mariners Centre.
Messenger says that goal against the Americans is right up there with anything he's done in hockey.
"You blackout for a few seconds after you score, but when they did the announcement after the goal, I don't think I've ever heard the Mariners Centre that loud. It's something I'll always remember."
He was dealt from Yarmouth to the Whitecourt Wolverines in 2014, and finished his career with an appearance in the league final this season.
He played in the RBC Cup with the Lloydminster Bobcats in 2016.
He says all of those moments will stand out for him, and hometown support through Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties has remained strong.
Messenger says he's thankful for Laurie Barron and the Mariner coaching staff for steering him in the right direction.