Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deal no big surprise by Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oilers GM Craig MacTavish announced the young centre's contract extension...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oilers GM Craig MacTavish announced the young centre's contract extension Thursday at Rexall Place. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - It was, to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, almost half a lifetime ago.

“My second year of Pee Wee,” he said.

That was the year he didn’t play hockey because his parents couldn’t afford the costs involved.

Thursday The Nuge signed a seven-year extension to his entry-level contract, which will pay him $42 million.

“Obviously things have changed a lot.”

When you were a kid who couldn’t afford to play Pee Wee, now a 20-year-old who could still play as an over-aged junior, “it’s extremely surreal for my family,” said the Burnaby, B.C., product.

“As a kid it was pretty tough,” he said of missing his second year of Pee Wee.

“I still skated a bit, but it was tough not playing organized hockey. But I think it worked out for the best.”

He was asked if he’d thought of anything he wants to spend some of his big bucks on.

“Nothing has really jumped out at me yet.”


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