Gentile off to rival

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Paul Gentile didn't need long to land on his feet.

Shortly after he was released by the Calgary Hitmen yesterday, he scored a spot on the Medicine Hat Tigers roster.

Gentile fell victim to the numbers game in Calgary, which had been carrying four 20-year-old players through the start of the young WHL season. But yesterday was the deadline for teams to pare down to the three overager limit.

Any players released were made available in a cutdown draft.

"He hasn't played one game for us all year," said Hitmen co-coach Dean Evason. "But he never complained, he never whined.

"He went about his business as a professional and he trained very hard on and off the ice."

Gentile arrived in Calgary last season, logging nine goals and 14 points.

"It's a shame we weren't able to keep him," Evason said. "But the three guys we kept were a little bit ahead of him."

Right-winger Lee Zalasky and centres Brett O'Malley and Shaun Landolt hold the Hitmen's 20-year-old spots.

And they'll be facing off against their former teammate and the Tigers tonight (7 p.m., 'Dome). The Tigers are ranked third in the CHL.

"When the puck drops," said Evason, "everybody plays hard. Whatever happens, happens.

"Paul fit in very well here. He was among our leaders so the guys might have a little bit of trouble (knowing he's on the other side now) but they'll be fine."


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