Brothers hope to play together as Kitchener Rangers
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Pedersen from Pedersen.
It’s a game summary entry that crossed Brent Pedersen’s mind since brother Scott was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers last spring.
“I’ve thought about it,” the 18-year-old winger said.
“Maybe it will happen. We’ll see if we’re playing together.”
The Pedersens have long been setting each other up for goals on a homemade outdoor ice rink at the family’s Arthur farm. But a two-year age gap — Scott is 16 — has meant the two siblings have never played on the same organized team.
That is, until the Rangers selected Scott in the eighth round of the OHL draft this past April. Brent was the Blueshirts’ first pick two years earlier.
“We might not be on the same line, since he’s a forward, but it would be nice to be on the ice together,” said Scott.
Brent is a lock to make the roster. As a third-year winger, and Carolina Hurricanes draft pick, he’s likely destined for the Rangers’ top line. Scott is in tough. The rookie blueliner is currently battling more than 40 hopefuls at the team’s training camp, which kicked off this week.
Thursday morning, the Pedersens got their first stroll on Aud ice as the camp split into two groups for a scrimmage. Brent picked up two goals as his Team White edged Scott’s Team Blue 5-4.
“It’s cool to have him here,” said Brent. “But I have to treat him just like any other guy.”
The pair spent the summer preparing for training camp, a regimen that included skating, working out and looking after the family’s sheep and cattle.
“We always have to feed the animals and clean up,” said Scott. “It’s part of the work of having them around.”
In between chores, Brent tipped his kid brother off on what to expect in the OHL.
“I was telling him to relax and play his game,” said Brent, who had a career-high 14 goals last season.
“It’s his first year coming to main camp and it can be nerve wracking since he’s trying to get a spot on the team.”
Scott sat next to Brent at the Aud when he saw his first Rangers game about a decade ago. And he’s been in and out ever since, mostly in the past two years to watch his older brother play. Getting drafted by the club was certainly a thrill. “I was just so happy,” said Scott. Brent was one of the first to call and offer congratulations.
“Scott’s a great guy,” he said. “He’d do anything for his teammates.”
Now, he just has to make the team. Parents Mike and Catherine are certainly cheering. At the very least, they might be able to see their boys in exhibition action. The Rangers host North Bay on Sunday and Erie on Sept. 13.
“It’s a great organization,” said Scott. “It would be amazing to play in front of all these fans.”
Even better, if he can do it with his brother.