McArdle Enjoying Experience of a Lifetime
Kenndal McArdle describes the last five months as a “rollercoaster ride.” But it’s a journey he wouldn’t trade for anything.
McArdle, the Panthers’ first pick (20th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, finds himself this weekend playing in the Canadian Hockey League’s prestigious Memorial Cup after a sometimes tumultuous season in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
“It’s something special to play in the Memorial Cup,” said McArdle, a 6-0, 200-pounder left winger who will play for the host Vancouver Giants. “As a kid in
McArdle’s season turned in December when, after 3 ½ seasons playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors, he was dealt to the Giants. For McArdle, there was a learning curve of not only playing a new system but doing it in a new WHL conference.
“I think anytime you’re traded it comes as a shock,” McArdle, 20, said. “There is an adjustment period. In
McArdle, called by Giants’ GM Scott Bonner one of the “premier forwards in the WHL,” adjusted well to his new surroundings. Along with scoring 19 goals in 63 games with
And now he gets a chance to compete in the Memorial Cup.
“Getting traded turned out to be a great opportunity,” he said. “To be able to play in the Memorial Cup, and on top of that the World Juniors, has been an experience of a lifetime.”
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