Friday, 14 November 2014

Quenneville's Look Forward to Saturday

Peter Quenneville
  It'll be a special night for the Quenneville family on Saturday night when the Brandon Wheat Kings face off with the Medicine Hat Tigers (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Wheat Kings' forwards Peter and John Quenneville will face rookie Tigers' defenceman, and their little brother, David for the first time in the Western Hockey League.

  "We'll have lots of family here.  I think they've had this day circled on the calendar at least since the schedule game out," said Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville following Thursday's practice, "I think it's a big day for all of us, to be able to play in the same game and experience something like that.  Not a lot of people get to do it and we're going to cherish it for a long time."

  They'll be on opposite sides Saturday, but the Quenneville's are very supportive of each other in their hockey ventures.

  David got permission from the Tigers to be in attendance for the Subway Super Series games earlier this week to watch John play for Team WHL, and Peter was in the stands during an off-day for the Wheat Kings in Red Deer in mid-October to watch David play for the Tigers against the host Rebels.

  That family support was been one of the keys to all three brothers having the success they've had so far in their hockey careers.

  "Part of why I think we've been successful as players is the support we've gotten from each other, and how much we've pushed each other," said Peter, who leads all Queneville's in scoring with 21 points in 20 games this season, "I remember there's days where my family was able to see all four of his play, even when (younger sister) Cassie was playing for alittle bit in one day.  That was we loved to do.  I hated missing Johnny's games and Davey's games.  I don't think it's any different now."

  I asked Peter who might be the most nervous member of the family come Saturday night, and he wasn't sure whether it would be his sister, mom, grandma and even, perhaps, dad.

  But based on his memory of growing up at the rink, maybe the most nervous member of the family should be David.

  "I can remember being 12, Johnny would have been about 10 and Davey 8.  It was only a couple of years into hockey for him, and we didn't take it easy on him," said Peter, "It was me and John against him all the time because we were the forwards and we wanted to see what he was made of.  I think John and I and Dave are excited for the matchup, and we're definitely not going to be taking it easy on him."

  John, the Devils' first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 16 points in 12 games this season while David, the 10th overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft, has three goals and five points in 14 games with the Tigers in his rookie season and just returned from playing for the Canada-White team at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  While the family looks forward to Saturday, the three brothers have little business to take care of on Friday night.

  David and the Tigers will visit the Regina Pats while Peter, John and the Wheat Kings will host the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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