‘Little Liam’ Shows Big Heart

Rory Boylen
The Hockey News

Located along the Otonabee River a little more than an hour northeast of Toronto, Peterborough, Ont., has been cultivating young NHL talent since the Montreal Canadiens planted the seeds of greatness there in the 1950s.

In Peterborough the air is heavy with the intoxicating aroma of oatmeal from the nearby Quaker plant with a trace of NHL potential wafting down George Street from the grand old Memorial Arena on Lansdowne. During the bitter, blowing winters, Peterborough is a hot stop for NHL scouts sniffing for prospects. And why not? The Petes have graduated more NHL players – Steve Yzerman and Chris Pronger to name a couple – than any other Canadian junior team.

One of the latest full-time grads is Edmonton Oilers rookie Liam Reddox.

“We followed him in his first year and then in his draft year exclusively,” said Edmonton Oilers head scout Stu McGregor. “He’s always been a high-scoring player who had good numbers in Tier-II (Jr. A). If I remember right, he was rookie of the year in the Ontario Provincial Junior League, or at least for his division. Then he had a great year as a 17-year-old, scored some points and continued on.”

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