Long time Chicago Aftershock player Bryan McKenna, has left the team. McKenna had been with the team since 2012, he was their fo the lean years, where Aftershock were getting beat, beat a lot. They have now turned it around and have started to look much better, last year the team finished 3rd at the NXL World Cup. McKenna was a major part of the team, he played almost every point and was arguably one of Aftershocks best players. As of now it looks like he will be leaving professional paintball and pursuing other ventures.

In his own words –

“There comes a time in your life when change is needed to excel and pass the barrier you find yourself stuck behind. It falls upon you to recognize that and take the necessary steps to be able to move forward again. So as it is, I am saddened to say that I will not be putting on an Aftershock jersey this season. We will be going our separate ways from here. These past 4 years have been nothing but a roller coaster ride during the rebuild of the team, and I can honestly say, I had a blast and I certainly would do it all over again. Chicago Aftershock did give me my big break onto the professional circuit of this world of paintball we all love so much, and for that I am forever grateful. Not only did I get the opportunity of a [lifetime], but I got the chance to build a bond amongst brothers that very few people in this world get to experience. I would like to take the time to thank Renick Miller, and coach Bruno for everything you guys have done for me. It means a lot. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the sponsors for the support, and the world class products you have put on our backs and in our hands. Thank you Planet Eclipse and G.I. Sportz. To the Guys I called brothers for so long, I wish you guys the best of luck.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my fans out there. Thank you all very much. I appreciate the support you have showcased over the [course] of this rebuild, and I promise, this isn’t the last you will see of me. I will do what I must to get back out on that pro field, and I will be back out there soon…” – Bryan McKenna


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