McCallum the family guy

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

FORT SASKATCHEWAN -- Craig McCallum walked up to the main concourse from the dressing room of the Jubilee Rec Centre after his first practice and some people wanted to see the shiny new ring on his finger.

"Oh, geez, where is it? ... I must have left it in the dressing room," he said.

"I got to get used to this. I just don't want to wear it while I am playing because I don't want to get it all stinky."

He found his ring moments later after it fell out of his pocket on the floor beside his feet. He picked it up and put it back on his finger and had a big smile on his face.

McCallum, 19, came into main camp a married man after tying the knot with his fiancee Randi, July 12, in Saskatoon.

"We've been engaged for 13 months and we've been together for almost three years, and when you find something good, you don't want to lose it," said McCallum.

"She knows that hockey is my life and it's my dream, and she's isn't going to stand in the way. Her and her family have been very supportive of me when it comes to my hockey career."

While some teenagers focus their summers toward partying or just getting their driver's licence, McCallum jumped in with both feet and took a huge step, making the lifelong commitment. It was obviously a busy summer, but he maintained his focus on his off-season workouts and preparing for his wedding that had over 400 friends and family attend the ceremony.

The guest list included teammates Drew Nichol, Brenden Dowd and former Oil Kings goaltender Alex Archibald, sharing the big day with him, which he described as one of the most memorable days in his life.

"The wedding was supposed to start at 12 p.m., but she didn't arrive with her bridesmaids until 1:30 p.m. I was getting a little nervous she was going to leave me at the altar, but she just took some extra time getting ready," laughed McCallum.

"Honestly, she is a very special girl and she means everything to me. The whole day was real special ... it couldn't have been more perfect."

The groom and his new bride will live with McCallum's billet family from last season, and Randi will be going to the University of Alberta this fall.

McCallum was one of the Oil Kings' best goal scorers last season with 15. His 39 points in 68 games tied him for the team lead in points with Tomas Vincour.

It's a unique situation for any WHL player to go through, as well as a WHL organization, but McCallum has shown maturity beyond his years throughout his tenure with the Oil Kings. McCallum enjoyed a successful first season, but just because he's a married man now, it won't change the fact that his focus will continue to remain with the Oil Kings and his new wife.

"His family respects their situation (to get married), and so do hers, so why wouldn't we?" said Oil Kings general manager Bob Green.

"It's a little different living situation, but Craig is very mature and it's a step that he wanted to take. His billets have been great through this whole process and Craig's excited about playing hockey this season; his goals haven't changed in any way and that's the main thing, and we'll be here for him."

Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau agreed.

"He's a mature kid and we know he can handle it, and he's committed to having a big season for us," said Pleau. "We're here to develop young people as well as hockey players, and that's part of it."

His teammates haven't changed their outlook on McCallum, except when they decide to throw in the odd joke here and there.

"If he doesn't come out with us somewhere, we joke with him that the wife's got the chain a little too tight. Now he's got to clear things up with the billets and the wife when he wants to do something" joked Oil Kings forward Brett Breitkreuz.

"They make a good couple, and when you see them together, they are so happy. They were meant to be with one another."


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