Griffin Reinhart doesn't miss a beat in 2014 WJC debut

Canada's Griffin Reinhart pins down Slovakia's Martin Reway during the preliminary round of the...

Canada's Griffin Reinhart pins down Slovakia's Martin Reway during the preliminary round of the 2013 world junior championship in Ufa, Russia, December 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:10 PM ET

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.


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