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McArdle Enjoying Experience of a Lifetime

Wednesday, 05.16.2007 / 4:55 PM / News
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McArdle Enjoying Experience of a Lifetime
by Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

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 Canada it’s something you watch on television and dream of playing in. It just marks another experience in a great season.”

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 Moose Jaw we were in more of a run-and-gun team. Myself and a few other guys were given the lead to create more offense. But that was the Eastern Conference. Coming to Vancouver in the Western Conference, it’s a little tighter checking. It’s a more defensive style of play.”

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 Moose Jaw and Vancouver, McArdle was a member of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the World Juniors.

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.”

The Memorial Cup, which kicks off Friday night in Vancouver at Pacific Coliseum, will feature McArdle’s Giants, the Plymouth Whalers, Lewiston MAINEiacs and Medicine Hat Tigers, who beat the Giants in seven games to win the Western Hockey League championship.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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