Bloodlines and family dynasties seem to be pretty big in hockey, uh? After the Sutters and the Staals, the Reinharts are slowly taking over the hockey world (or so we’ve heard in the past few weeks). Here’s a short primer on this hockey family from West Vancouver.
Some random facts to start up:
- This whole family is very athletic. The guys not only play hockey but also tennis and soccer (as well as lacrosse, golf, basketball and baseball growing up). wow okay there mister sport.
- The boys’ father, Paul, was often their coach or assigned to running practices during their childhood. Sam even says he is his biggest hockey inspiration. The boys all named their father as their ‘hockey hero’.
- The three brothers used to play as defensemen like their father but both Max and Sam went on to become forwards. ‘If you ask him, I think he still thinks I should be a defenseman.’ - Sam (x)
Samson Reinhart (also called Sam)
- The youngest boy in the family. He’s 18. (born November 6, 1995)
- He was the captain of the OHL’s Kootenay Ice last season.
- He actually played with the team for the 2011 Memorial Cup when he was only 15 years old despite the fact that he had played only 4 games during the 2010-11 season.
- He played for Canada at the WJC too because why not. #overachiever
- He won the Brad Hornung Trophy for Most sportsmanlike player in the WHL as well as the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy for Player of the year this season. So. You know.
- Here is his Instagram.
- First watch this, this video is so important.
- So, Griffin is 20. (born on January 24, 1994)
- He was the 4th overall pick in 2012, drafted by the New York Islanders.
- He remained at junior level with the Edmonton Oil Kings for the 2013-2014 season. It was his fifth season with the team and he even won the Memorial Cup!
- Here is his Twitter. And his Instagram.
Maxwell Reinhart (nicknamed Max)
- He is the oldest son, at 22 (born on February 4, 1992)
- He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Calgary Flames, his father’s first team, in 2010. He’s currently playing for their AHL team, the Adirondack Flames (previously named Abbotsford Heat)
- He played his junior hockey with the Kootenay Ice, just like Sam. They were even teammates for a while!
- He likes Mila Kunis. I don’t know if that’s relevant.
Some facts on the brothers:
- ”They never really fought, at least rarely," Mommy Reinhart said about her sons. "But they argued. The older two liked to pick on Sam. In fact, they were picking on him two days ago. They know how to press his buttons and they find it entertaining.”
- Sam did make his brothers pay for their unpleasant attitude as a child though, (by pouring water in their beds and making them believe it was pee for example).
- Sam and Griffin once set the family house on fire by accident, which resulted in the whole family living in the Pan Pacific Hotel in downtown Vancouver during repairs (which wasn’t too bad of a punishment). (x)
- Father of the three Reinhart brothers and husband of Theresa Reinhart.
- He played hockey in the NHL in the 1980s, including nine seasons with the Calgary Flames and two with the Vancouver Canucks.
- Two-time all star, and represented three times Team Canada.
- He often switched between the position of forward and defenceman, considering his strong abilities in both zones. Oh, well. (x)
- He was forced to retired early, at the young age of 29 due to chronic back pains. He found a new career in the high finance industry (investments and stock markets).
- His younger self looked exactly like his sons.
- Here are Paul and Theresa after Max’s first NHL game.
- The only woman in the family, Paul’s wife and the three boys’s mother
- She married Paul in 1986, whom she met during his hockey playing days in Calgary.
- She grew up playing tennis, badminton, volleyball as well as skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer, her mom was a ski racer, and her dad played U.S. college football at the University of Oklahoma, which she said ‘prepared her’ for living with three sons.
- She tries to avoid the hockey world when her sons are on the ice. “When hockey is on TV, unless one of the boys is playing, I just leave the room,” she explained. “I didn’t watch the playoffs, not one game. I’ll watch the boys and no one else.”