VANCOUVER, BC (June 21, 2019) - The Vegas Golden Knights selected forward Peyton Krebs 17th overall on the first day of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Krebs recorded 68 points (19 G, 49 A) to go with 63 penalty minutes in 64 games for the Kootenay Ice (WHL) during the 2018-19 regular season. During his 2017-18 campaign with the Ice, the Calgary, AB native recorded 54 points (17 G, 37 A) to go with 40 penalty minutes in 67 games. He also recorded five points (2 G, 3 A) and helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal during the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Peyton Krebs, Forward
Hometown: Calgary, AB, Canada
Weight: 181 lbs.
Drafted from: Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
- Recorded 68 points (19 G, 49 A) to go with 63 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Winnipeg Ice during the 2018-19 regular season.
- Won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
- Had the most points by a rookie (54) in the WHL during the 2017-18 season.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS FORWARD PEYTON KREBS
Thoughts on what your emotions were when you heard your name…
It's surreal. I was trying to hold in the tears. It's a special moment for me and my family and I'm just really thankful to be able to be blessed by the game and I'm just very excited to get to know Vegas and all it has to offer, so I'm very excited.
Thoughts on your injury…
Unfortunately, I cut my Achilles the other week so I had surgery on that two weeks ago and I'm just healing up now so I can be ready for the season.
Thoughts on Cody Glass…
Yeah, Cody I played against him once this year. We actually chatted on faceoff there so it's pretty cool. He's a great person. My brother's known him for a while now and I've gotten to know him so pretty special guy and I'm looking forward to getting to know him better.
Thoughts on what you can bring to the team…
I think I can be a 200-foot player who can add a lot of speed and hockey IQ to the Vegas Golden Knights and I want to bring home a cup.
Thoughts on what the interview process was like with the Golden Knights…
I talked to them at the Combine but wasn't really sure where I was going to end up. I just heard my name and I was so pumped and so excited. My uncle texted me right before and he said, "Vegas, baby!" right before so that was pretty cool. I'm so pumped right now. It's pretty cool.
Thoughts on where your determined mindset originated from…
I think growing up with lots of brothers you always have to make sure you're on your toes and fight for everything. I've had a great support system growing up and I just put in my mentality that I've got to work for everything. To get here is not easy and the draft is a little piece of the puzzle for sure, but I want to keep going hard. My family has been amazingly supportive of me and my coaching staff, I've had great coaches. I'm just blessed to be here.
Thoughts on your family and upbringing…
I grew up in Okotoks, Alberta just outside of Calgary. My dad brought me into hockey, and I fell in love with it. I think my passion grew as I got older and I'm so excited to be here and just keep going with my journey here.
Thoughts on how much you've watched Vegas…
It's been a special three years and I hope to continue that, for sure. The atmosphere in Vegas starts with their fans. I've heard it's unbelievable, so I'm looking forward to feeling that, experiencing that, and I wanted to go to a place that I could get the shivers every time I walked into the building. I think Vegas will do that. I'm pretty pumped.
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