Cool man Luke

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Luke doesn't use the force. At least, not as much as his brother did.

Luke Egener, the younger sibling of former Calgary Hitmen policeman Mike, relies more on skill than brute strength.

With just four penalty minutes through 15 games, the Vancouver Giants rookie blueliner won't approach his brother's 704 career PIM, a Hitmen franchise record.

"I'm a totally different player than Mike," the 6-ft. 160-pounder said.

"I'm probably a little more offensive. Mike was a little looney tunes out there. He liked to drop 'em."

Luke said he's received plenty of invitations to dance from opponents who read the name on the back of his jersey.

"Yeah, there's some chirping going on," he said. "I'll drop the gloves if I have to, to defend a teammate or something like that, but it's not a big part of my game."

The 16-year-old Calgarian prepared for his first WHL campaign by working out with his brother at the National Sports Development centre.

"We had a few other guys working out with us at first but they stopped coming," Luke said. "We decided we can push each other on our own."

Luke said Mike didn't offer a lot of advice.

"He just told me to play my game," Luke said.

"I'm only 16, so he said to enjoy this for what it is and worry about making a difference out there as the years go on. And he said to work hard. There'll be times when you're down and things aren't going well but if you work hard, you'll get through it."

He keeps in touch with Mike, who is playing with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Springfield, by e-mail.

The younger Egener played one game as a 15-year-old last season, when the Giants visited the Hitmen.

So, even though he's a rookie, he had already got past playing in his hometown prior to Sunday's game at the 'Dome.

"It's awesome," he said after the Hitmen dumped his Giants 7-2.

"All my family and friends are here. It's good to see them after a couple of months."

Making the jump from a midget 15-year-old league to the WHL hasn't been as difficult as he anticipated.

"I'm just concentrating on developing on my own," he said.

"I can't bring myself down to the level I was playing at last year.

"I'm just working on my own game."


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