‘It’s pretty special:’ Peyton Krebs reacts to receiving WHL Rookie of the Month honour

Brad McLeod

Cranbrook, B.C. – Only four times in the history of the Kootenay ICE franchise has a player been named the WHL Rookie of the Month, but that number can now be bumped to five.

On January 3, the WHL announced ICE ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs was the Rookie of the Month for December.

“Yeah, it’s pretty sweet, I think it was definitely one of the goals going into the year,” explained the 16-year-old. “It’s special for sure.”

The Okotoks, Alberta native recorded 12 points (4G, 8A) in 10 games during the final month of 2017.

Krebs is the first ICE rookie to earn the award since Marek Svatos received it back in January 2001. Coincidently, that was the year Krebs was born. Before Svatos, ICE players Mike Comrie (November 2000), Dan Blackburn (November 1999) and Jaroslav Svoboda (January 1999) received WHL Rookie of the Month honours.

Krebs pointed to ICE Head Coach James Patrick as the guy who’s putting the right system in place, allowing him to have success.

“I’m just following the system James has put forth, some good people around me to make plays and have fun and I think that’s what I try to do, just shoot the puck and score some goals.”

This is the first full WHL season for Krebs, who also played six games with the ICE during the 2016-17 season as a 15 year old. Krebs admits there have been challenges adjusting to the faster WHL game.

“Obviously there’s bigger, stronger guys. It’s definitely a lot different than [midget hockey] for sure.”

As of January 9, Krebs finds himself leading all WHL rookies in points with 35 (9G, 26A). While that may have been a goal before the season started, Krebs admits the first step was simply earning a spot on the ICE roster.

“The first thing in mind is just to make the team and then obviously you want to get some ice for sure and getting those points is a nice added bonus as well,” said Krebs, adding he’s just trying to help out the team as much as he can.

Krebs is expected to be in the line up this weekend for both games on the schedule. The ICE visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday, January 13 and then host the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday, January 14. Puck drop for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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