With 22 goals and 32 points, Philippe Cornet already has surpassed his offensive output from last season. (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI)
His first NHL game, his first NHL point, his first AHL All-Star appearance, and his first … rodeo?
The Val-Senneville, Que., native, in his second season with the Edmonton Oilers organization after being drafted in the fifth round in 2008, has assimilated into the southern-cowboy culture of Oklahoma City while playing for the team's American Hockey League affiliate.
Spending some of his free time fishing and taking in the local entertainment, Cornet says he's well-established in his second home.
"I love it down here," he said. "The weather is great and the people are friendly and awesome. I've never lived in any other cities in the States besides this one, but I wouldn't go anywhere else."