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Thursday, 31 May 2012 15:57

Ex-Swift Current Bronco ends WHL career on a high note

Written by  Brad Brown
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Jordan Peddle accepted the first trade of his major junior hockey career as a part of the business.

Seven months later, it left him at a loss for words.
After 198 games with the Swift Current Broncos, Peddle was peddled in October to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Earlier this month, Edmonton rode a career-defining playoff performance from the over-age forward all the way to the Western Hockey League championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup.
“It was the best experience of my life,” Peddle said Saturday of the league title. “It was incredible. It was so much fun when the buzzer went off and we all threw our gloves and hoisted the cup. I can’t really explain how much fun it was.”
Edmonton clinched the Ed Chynoweth Cup with a 4-1 Game 7 win May 13 over the Portland Winterhawks.
True to his post-season form Peddle was in on the action, assisting on the Oil Kings’ first goal.
That brought his points total to 13 in 20 playoff games after notching 22 in 66 regular season games.
“I took my game up a level and contributed offensively in the playoffs and it was really nice to be able to do that but I definitely felt I helped the team more than just on the scoreboard,” he said.
Entering the season, on a Broncos team that finished last in the East Division in 2010-11 and was destined to miss the playoffs for a second straight year in 2011-12, that plotline would have seemed about as plausible as the latest superhero action movie.
Alas, Peddle’s storybook final season ended with a page or two left unfinished.
Edmonton posted a 1-2 record in the Memorial Cup round-robin and saw its season end with a 6-1 tiebreaker loss to the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes last week.
“We didn’t play our best at the Memorial Cup,” he said.
“We went in a little bit timid. Looking back we should have went in and just tried to play our game and not worry about the other teams.”
In time, though, Peddle is certain the Memorial Cup disappointment is not what he or his teammates will remember about the 2011-12 season.
Peddle ended his respectable WHL career with 264 regular season games played, 86 points, 352 penalty minutes and one coveted Western Hockey League championship title.
“When I talked to Mark (Lamb, Broncos’ coach and general manager), he said that I’d been traded to Edmonton and that it was going to be a good opportunity for me,” said Peddle.
“He said that it was going to be a turning point in my career … and looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened to me.”

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