Shine adds some flashy blades

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

For a guy who considers himself an old-time hockey player, Jordan Shine sure has some fancy new skates.

Fending off wisecracks from teammates at practice this week, the rugged London Knights forward plans to debut a pair of attention-grabbing CCM Vector skates with black Tuuk blade holders and gaudy yellow laces tonight when his team plays the Toronto St. Michael's Majors at 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.

"They're the Alexander Ovechkin models," the 18-year-old Wallacetown native said. "I put 'em on for the first time (Wednesday). I didn't throw them in the stove at all (to soften them up) and they felt fine right away, so I'll wear them. I don't know about the black Tuuks -- I'm probably the only guy in the OHL that has them -- and the laces, yeah, they'll probably draw some attention."

That hasn't been a problem for Shine this season judging from his spot among the league penalty leaders. He has spent 142 minutes in the box, though that excludes 10-minute and game misconducts because the OHL doesn't count those in its totals.

With Josh Beaulieu out of the lineup, David Jarram working his way back into it and Jordan Foreman trying to find his scoring touch, Shine has a chance to log some important physical minutes for the Knights. He wants to be the kind of hard-working forechecker the Hunters expected when they acquired him this year.

"I want to be an agitator, but I try to play a smart game," the six-foot-two, 195-pounder said. "I try to keep my two-minute penalties to a minimum. If a situation calls for a fight, I will. I'm just trying to go out there, work hard, maybe put up a few points (he has three goals this year) and take the puck wide to try to draw a penalty."

In his mind, the situation called for him to fight three times in a home victory over Erie two weeks ago. The Otters weren't pleased with Shine's antics, which included holding up three fingers following a third fight that cost him a two-game suspension and a chance to face his old Belleville teammates last Friday.

"If I knew there was a suspension for that, I probably wouldn't have done it," he said. "For them to say stuff about me (in the newspaper), it shows that I affected them, so it was a good feeling to get those two points."

Shine admitted it wasn't a good feeling when the former Barrie third-rounder was traded to Belleville last year. The move from the Bulls to the Knights was more palatable because he came in knowing he would have a chance to earn ice time.

"The game has changed, but I think there's always room for a guy who can skate and play tough and forecheck hard, forcing turnovers," Shine said

Because he plays a physical role, sometimes it is forgotten Shine is among the swiftest skaters with the Knights.

"I took a lot of power skating growing up," he said.

With his new blades, Shine is certain to draw attention with his feet as well as his fists.

KNIGHTWATCH

Tonight: vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre

Tomorrow: at Owen Sound, 7:30 p.m. at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre

Sunday: vs. Sault Ste. Marie, 6 p.m. at the JLC


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