Airdrie native making an impact for AC Avalanche
Taden Rattie follows in his brother’s footsteps by being listed for WHL Portland Winterhawks
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 06:00 am
Like many of his teammates on the AC Avalanche, Airdrie native Taden Rattie expected that the team would be a strong one in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL) this season.
However, the 15 year old right winger didn’t expect the Cochrane-based squad to rattle off a 13-game unbeaten streak prior to the holidays, which gave the Avalanche a 17-2-1 record heading into a game against the MLAC Elite Sportswear in Edmonton on Dec. 21.
“We didn’t expect things to go as well as they have at all, but when you play like we have been lately, good things start to happen,” he said. “We are a fast team that uses our speed well, and as a result, we are able to move the puck well.”
“We have had a couple of games where things have been quite close and we have had some challenges to deal with, but we don’t stop working out there, and we are using our team speed to have some good offensive zone play,” Rattie added.
Heading into the road game in Edmonton, Rattie has been getting on the score sheet on a regular basis, as the 6’2” 165-lb. forward has 20 points in 20 games.
“I think having a physical style to my game has helped with that a lot, and my linemates Noah Philp and Barrett Sheen have also been a big key to my success,” Rattie said. “Noah is someone who likes to put the puck into the net, and Barrett’s a big guy as well, so we work really well together.”
That point-per-game pace from Rattie has also impressed his Head Coach Terry Sydoryk, who likes what the Airdrie native has brought to the Avalanche this season.
“Like many of the guys on our team, Taden has figured out what it takes to play at this level,” Sydoryk said.
“He uses his physical play for delivering some body checks and he uses his reach to intercept passes, and he is working well with his linemates right now to generate things offensively.”
Rattie also has some extra motivation to perform well this season after the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Portland Winterhawks listed him in September, shortly after he had an impressive training camp with the reigning WHL champions.
“Being listed by a team is pretty much the same as being drafted,” Rattie explained. “They have the rights to you as a player and no other team in the WHL can talk to you about playing for them unless you get traded to them.”
“I think my performance at their camp, along with being listed by them, really inspired me to play well here this season with the Avalanche,” he added.
“The speed was amazing down there with Portland’s camp, and I felt a lot faster when I started playing with this team.”
Being listed by the Winterhawks helps to keep the tradition of having a Rattie involved with the WHL organization, as Taden’s older brother Ty spent four season with the team before he moved on to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves this season, who are an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) St. Louis Blues.
“Before I went down there, he gave me a lot of tips and tricks in order to do well at Portland’s camp, and I think that really helped me out a lot,” Taden said. “We talk on a regular basis, and our family went down to see him play a couple of weekends ago, so we are always in contact to talk about how we are both doing.”
“I’m checking Portland’s scores all of the time now, and I can’t wait to hopefully play for them one day,” he added.
“They want me to be a physical player for the team, and I am working on improving that part of my game for next year.”