Hockey is back in session and Griffin Reinhart is happy to be back in the swing of things.
Reinhart, who played the Oilers split-squad pre-season game in Calgary, felt the excitement in the air from both the fans and the players themselves.
“Everybody’s excited to get back into hockey season again,” he said.
“They’ve waited all summer, it’s finally here and the emotions are high, everybody’s excited, there are a lot of guys trying to make teams and make impressions out there so I think it was expected.”
It was a slow start, with more penalties than points on the board, but the Oilers turned the play around after falling behind 1-0 and pulled through to a 3-1 victory.
“It was pretty fun. I mean, it’s what’s expected,” said Reinhart.
“A lot of physical play out there, everybody’s first game of the year for them, except for some of the younger guys I guess, but it was a fun to get your legs back under you and go from there.”
With two pre-season games out of the way for the Oilers, Reinhart felt good about his performance, but knows that there is always room to grow and improve as a player and as a team.
“For the guys that were here last year, and guys that are going to be on this team, I think this gives them a good head start to work together,” he said.
“But I know, because I’m here right now, I’ve still got a lot to prove and I know there’s a bunch of guys chasing me, so if I’m not playing my best hockey then I wouldn’t be here.”