Family ties suspended

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

The Yeo boys will check their brotherly love at the door.

With the WHL Western Conference semifinal clash between the Calgary Hitmen and Brandon Wheat Kings starting tomorrow, Calgary defenceman Dylan Yeo will be going up against little brother Theran, a rookie who patrols the Wheaties blueline.

Sure they've played against each other before this season but they've never battled in the spotlight of a playoff series and, either way, said Dylan, his parents, Byron and Carol, will come out the real winners.

"The parents are going to be nervous and what-not, not knowing what team to cheer for, but they'll just hope for the best," said Dylan, who stepped up his game for the Hitmen in their first-round win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

"They're happy for us and they're glad to see us playing at such a high level but they've helped us a lot throughout the years."

The lads also got some tips from former NHLer and uncle Dave Manson, currently an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders.

While the brothers will become bitter rivals during the series, Dylan hopes Theran, who got into 42 games this season, sees some action against the Hitmen.

"I've talked to him on the computer to see how he's doing and if he's playing at all. He played the last two games of their series against Moose Jaw, so hopefully he'll get in for this series but being a rookie, it's going to be hard," said Dylan, a 5-ft. 11-in, 190-pounder.

At 6-ft. 1-in., 225-lb., Theran's has the bulk that'll carry him a long way in his hockey career. He said he knows he must be patient when it comes to ice time.

"I got off to a slow start and that's normal but I finished off with five assists and I'm pretty happy about that and got into over 40 games, so as rookie you can't expect much more," said Theran.

When the siblings chatted earlier this week, said Theran, the upcoming series wasn't mentioned because it's one of those superstitious things.

"When I talked to him the other day, we didn't say much about the series. We just talked normally," said Theran, adding he's looking forward to going up against Dylan.

"It's always fun playing against someone you know and when it's your brother, it's that much better."


Videos

Photos