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Reinhart welcomed in Calgary

Maxwell Reinhart visits the 'Dome Wednesday to meet with media

Wednesday, 06.30.2010 / 4:33 PM MT / News
By Kristi Hennessy
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Reinhart welcomed in Calgary
The Flames admit that they like to follow strong bloodlines when they draft and proved so last Saturday afternoon when they selected the sons of two alumni Flames.
Darryl Sutter hands Maxwell Reinhart his Calgary Flames jersey during a media availability at the Saddledome Wednesday.

With the third-round (64th overall) pick, Calgary claimed Reinhart, a smart, offensive minded, two-way centre from the Kootenay Ice. Scouting Bureau ranked Reinhart 79th among North American skaters.

"We liked him," said head scout Tod Button. "We don't take stock of other people's rankings. There's a purpose for Central Scouting and all of those websites, but we liked him. He's a smart offensive player, and we think we got a good player at 64."

Maxwell’s father Paul Reinhart was a smart offensive defenseman with the Calgary Flames back in the 80’s and was a member of the 1986 team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Last Saturday, Maxwell sat in front of his computer alone in his house in West Vancouver watching the live feed of the draft and his waiting for his screen to show him his hockey future.

The Kootney centre had no expectations of when he would go and thought if he was going to be drafted, it would not be until at least the fourth or fifth round. But when he heard his name called earlier than anticipated, he knew his dream had just come true.

"We're thrilled and I guess, to some degree, a little bit surprised," said his father Paul Reinhart, who played 648 career NHL games with Atlanta, Calgary and Vancouver. "We had no indication where he was going or whether he was going to be even drafted, quite frankly. Absolutely none."

Maxwell isn’t Paul’s only hockey hand-me-down. Max is the oldest of the three brothers. The youngest brother Sam, 14, was recently drafted the first round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft by Kootenay meaning the two brothers could play together at some point.

The middle brother, Griffen, 16, was selected by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft and made his WHL debut last season.

"We grew up always competing against each other,” said Reinhart. “Hockey was our main sport that we all loved to play and it ended up that we all did pretty well with it.”

So the question is, how much of an influence did “Hockey Dad” have on these three boys to excel in the game of hockey?

“My Dad actually would have liked us to golf as he now likes to be in warmer places,” Reinhart smirked. “But we liked hockey, that was our passion and he played too, so I guess it did sort of influence us.”

Reinhart may be still a couple of seasons away from reaching his goal and earning a spot on the Flames roster but the down-to-earth West Vancouver teen knows he will always have his father to lean on.

“I've definitely relied on him so far a lot in my career,” said Reinhart. “I think now, more than ever I will have to look to him because he's been here before. He has so much experience with playing eleven years and having played with this organization."