the third-round (64th overall) pick of the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Calgary Flames claimed Maxwell Reinhart, a smart, offensive minded, two-way centre from the Kootenay Ice.
Reinhart was sitting at his West Vancouver home on the computer during the NHL draft waiting to find out his hockey fate. He couldn’t have asked for a better fate when the Calgary Flames called his name.
Max’s father Paul Reinhart, was a smart offensive defenseman who played eight seasons with the Calgary Flames back in the 80’s. When Max was drafted, Paul admits they were a little surprised to hear when he was selected and that it was the Flames.
"We had no indication where he was going or whether he was going to be even drafted, quite frankly. Absolutely none." said Mr. Reinhart.
Having a former NHL’er as your father, you can imagine the pressure on Max and his two younger brothers, Griffen and Sam.
|GET TO KNOW MAXWELL REINHART |
Q: Who is your favourite NHL player?
A: Growing up when I was really young I loved Pavel Bure with the Canucks and then after that I liked Kovalchuk and then Crosby came along. Pretty much anyone who can score a lot.
Q: Favorite team growing up?
A: Vancouver Canucks
Q: Any special reason you wear #23?
A: I wore 20 for my first two years but I switched to 23 because it is the family number. My dad wore it throughout his career.
Q: Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions?
A: I go to Quiznos and get the same sandwich on game days. I’m not too adventurous with my game day meals.
Q: Where is the coolest place you've ever been?
A: Italy. I went with my family a couple years ago and we went through Rome and Florence and up into Monaco. That’s the furthest I’ve been through home.
Q: What is on your iPod right now?
A: I listen to anything. I have a whole bunch of different stuff and I’m usually on shuffle.
Q: Favourite WHL rink to play in?
A: I’d say here in the Saddledome. It’s not really a WHL rink but it’s pretty exciting. My dad used to play here and it’s always a good crowd and a great atmosphere.
“I was never pressured into hockey,” said Max. “I wanted it my whole life. I’m sure other people might have viewed it as that but it was more wanting to do it and both my mom and my dad knowing how to get there. They were extremely supportive and never forced me into anything that I didn’t want to.
Sam, 15, was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Bantam draft by the Kootenay Ice. He made his WHL debut early in the season and notched his first WHL goal which turned out to be a game winner.
“He impressed me a lot,” said Max of his brothers’ play. “I didn’t think he was going to do as good as he did. He got lots of ice time and made the most of it. Everyone was in attendance. My mom and dad flew in for one of two days and they followed me and Griffen up to Edmonton where I played him again.”
Griffen, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound defenceman, is enjoying his rookie WHL season with the Edmonton Oil Kings with two goals and seven assists in 20 games. Last week he was named to Team Pacific for the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which will be held Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie.
“I think we do play pretty similar,” said Max about his brothers. “Other than Griffen, who is a defenceman, he’s bigger than anyone else in the family; I really don’t know where it came from. He plays a lot like my dad, maybe a little more physical just because he can be. Me and Sam play extremely similar just work hard and try to put the puck in as much as we can.”
The game that Sam scored the game-winner was the first time that all three brothers got to play together. On-ice that is.
“I never got to play with them on the ice but we’ve had some competitive games in the garage,” Max smiled. “We threw the little brother in net and we went one-on-one.
“It was nice, I finally got to play with them this year, all three in the same game in Cranbrook so that we pretty cool.”
Since the draft, Max says that things have finally calmed down and he’s just happy it’s over and he can focus on the season in front of him.
“It’s settled down a bit, the summer was pretty hectic,” said Max. “It’s nice to finally know where you’re playing this year and I can focus on winning with these guys.”
For Max, the focus seems to be right where it should be. So far in 24 games with the Ice, the 6-foot, 182-pound forward has scored 9 goals and 8 assists and is currently has a plus-minus of +11.
“I think the most important thing for me is to get bigger and stronger so it’s more off-ice and putting on more weight,” he explained. “On the ice, maybe get a little faster. It’ll all come with age and experience so I’m not too worried about my on-ice play right now.”
Contact author Kristi Hennessy