Over the next 5 weeks we are going to be taking a look at the players who were released on our protected list for 2023-2024. This weekly series will be a reflection of who these players are, where they have come from, and what makes us excited to bring them back to Macon. Help us welcome back #59 Rhett Kingston!
Kingston, a 25-year-old from Okotoks, AB, joined Macon through a trade in November with the Fayetteville Marksmen. The Mayhem’s Left Winger came into the organization with something to prove and by the end of the 2022-2023 season Rhett not only lead the team in goals, but was best rookie goal scorer in the league.
Rhett began his career with the Notre Dame Hounds youth program before joining the Hounds Junior team where in 21 games Kingston posted 18 points. After leaving the Saskatchawan Junior League Rhett traveled Canada playing in the Alberta Junior League and British Columbia Hockey League. During his final year in the BCHL Kingston wore an A for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks where he played 54 games and scored 50 points including 24 goals in the regular season before scoring 4 points in 4 games in the playoffs.
Despite a lot of movement in his junior career when the time came to enroll in a college Rhett chose the Division 1 Western Michigan University. Kingston’s most promising year during his time as a Bronco was his sophomore season as he played 33 games scoring 17 points and was +10 before the COVID shutdown. In his final college season after playing 10 games for WMU Rhett transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh where played in just 2 games with 2 penalty minutes.
With college in the rearview mirror Kingston turned his attention to the pro game and joined the Fayetteville Marksmen. After just 2 games in October the Marksmen traded Rhett to the Mayhem where he became a prolific scorer and team player. As well as one of just three Mayhem players to be recognizes as player of the week. The ECHL took notice of this as well as the Savannah Ghost Pirates called Rhett up for 3 games during the season.
The Mayhem struggled with early season roster turnover last year but adding in a player like Kingston showed that the moves had a purpose and gave Macon fans an exciting player to keep an eye on for the future.
Keep an eye out every Thursday for another look at one of our returning players!