MALMO, SWEDEN - Griffin Reinhart picked up where he left off not quite a year ago.
In his first game on the Canada blue line since the semifinal of the 2013 world junior championship, Reinhart was a rock for Canada, providing the kind of useful minutes coach Brent Sutter thought he would.
“There’s a calming presence in Griff,” defenceman Mathew Dumba, who was Reinhart’s partner, said.
“I love playing with him. It was awesome to see him be so game-ready right off the bat. It’s a compliment to his mental preparation and just being focused for this game.”
Reinhart was slapped with a four-game suspension by the International Ice Hockey Federation last January after he high-sticked U.S. forward Vince Trocheck in the head.