Skategate: 67's trainer cries foul

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Controversy reigns at the 2005 Memorial Cup.

Well, sort of. Ottawa 67's trainer Brian Patafie said yesterday he was told to stop using a skate rivet machine in the London Knights' dressing room during the round-robin game Thursday night between the two teams. Patafie was fixing a skate for defenceman Brad Staubitz when he was told, allegedly through orders from Knights general manager Mark Hunter because "Staubitz is too important a player," to stop and leave the room.

"I didn't say that," Hunter said. "You can't just tell a stick boy or somebody you're going into the team's dressing room. Chris Maton (the Knights' equipment manager) helped him out, got it fixed and that was the end of it."

Patafie said the skate was not properly fixed until yesterday morning, and Staubitz had to play with skate blades of different widths.

STAY CONTROLLED

Discipline will be the key tonight, Rimouski Oceanic forward Eric Neilson figured.

"That's what is going to win the hockey game," Neilson said. "The refereeing so far in this tournament in my opinion has been all right. It's a big game and it's going to go both ways."

SUTTER RETURNS

As expected, Brent Sutter, who coached Canada to a gold medal last winter, will be back to coach Canada's junior team for the 2006 world championship in Vancouver. Sutter, the coach of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Craig Hartsburg (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Clement Jodoin (Lewiston Maineiacs).


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