October 6, 2011
Peddle settling in with Oil Kings
By DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - New Oil King Jordan Peddle is ready to work on getting to know his teammates.
The winger from the little town of Elbow, Sask., arrived in Edmonton on Tuesday as the Oil Kings made a trade of 20-year-olds with the Swift Current Broncos.
"It is a surprise. I was just playing my game, just doing what I could in Swift Current, then I got the word and I couldn't be happier," Peddle said on Wednesday before joining his new cohorts.
Peddle was swapped for goalie Jon Groenheyde.
Peddle hasn't played with any of the current Oil Kings, but there is one Oil King Peddle has ‘met' before. He dropped the gloves with Travis Ewanyk two seasons ago at Rexall Place.
"I might have, yeah," he laughed. "But I'm sure that'll be behind us."
Peddle should provide the Oil Kings with another versatile forward, but 20-year-olds in major junior are also counted on for leadership.
"I'm just kind of feeling things out. I've got to get to know all the guys slowly, get to know the dressing room and, hopefully, leadership will be a part of my game.
"I'll just be playing my own game, physical, playing with a lot of energy. Leadership on the ice develops into leadership in the room."
He'll get a chance to bond as the Kings head out on a four-game-in-five-nights trip that includes a stop in — you guessed it — Swift Current.
"Back in on Sunday. So it will be a little bit strange to play some of the old teammates. But that's hockey."
Family reunion: Griffin Reinhart is the big brother.
Technically, the Oil Kings defenceman is the middle brother and second son of former NHLer (and Calgary Flame) Paul Reinhart, but he's three inches taller than both 19-year-old Max and 16-year-old Sam.
The three siblings skated against each other for the second time Wednesday as Edmonton hosted the Kootenay Ice. (Max, a Flames draft pick, has always had the Oil Kings' number even before Griffin arrived here. Sam made it a trifecta last season when he was called up as one of his five midget-eligible games last October.)
Sam said it is helping his adjustment to the WHL that he is used to competing with bigger guys — as in his brothers, in any and everything.
"So I always had to try and play faster than them! But (doing it at this level) will be a challenge and I'm looking forward to it."
And he knows if he has to go into the boards against Griffin, there won't be a family discount.
"I'm well aware of that, for sure … Upstairs in the playroom, they would throw the pads on me. And that's probably the reason I'm not a goalie today."