Doris entertaining Memorial masses

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

LONDON -- So, just how does a guy named Doris wind up as the coach of a team at the Memorial Cup?

For that matter, how does a guy wind up named Doris?

Rimouski Oceanic coach Doris Labonte has become a media darling here with his colourful manner and expressiveness behind the bench and when meeting with the media.

Anglophones probably don't know too many guys named Doris, but it's more common as a guy's name in Quebec.

He was born in Pohenegamook, Que., near the border with New Brunswick and Maine.

"I can thank my mom (for the name)," he said yesterday. "She gave me that name because she liked a comedian who was popular back home (in Quebec), Doris Lussier."

It seems one thing's for sure.

If you're a game named Doris from Quebec, you're quite the entertainer.

HEAR AND THERE: In light of Skategate II, 67's trainer Brian Patafie said Ottawa coach and GM Brian Kilrea wouldn't tolerate refusing another team's trainer access to equipment as the Knights did to Patafie Thursday night. "Killer wears about a 91/2 (shoe)," said Patafie. "If I ever pulled a stunt like that, I'd have an imprint of it on my buttocks." ... Shortly after Rimouski's Sidney Crosby had held court, Patafie had a big media scrum around him yesterday as he explained what happened Thursday night. It didn't go unnoticed by Kilrea. When Kilrea was asked what happened, he said: "I think you better go to the top. I think we have "Sid" Patafie answering those questions."

REVELATIONS: Out on the town Thursday night: Former Renegades owner Randy Gillies. Maybe he was celebrating walking away from that mess ... Kilrea said he thinks the structure of the Memorial Cup is just fine the way it is, thanks, and people not involved in junior hockey should stop trying to change it. "Everyone has a solution. I saw some of those (Hockey Canada) solutions for the betterment of us (junior hockey). They're made by people not in hockey. There are a lot of masterminds going around saying what we should and shouldn't do," said Kilrea. "I did see some of the comments on TV and radio where they said that we should go to a shootout. Fine. Move the Memorial Cup to Europe."

SPECULATIONS: Patafie was pumping out the stories yesterday. "There was some bumping," he said of his confrontation in the Knights dressing room with some of their staff. "What I told the guy is you're bumping me because you want me out of here. I've been in this business for 27 years and I've got a claw hammer in my hand. That means I don't have a lot of brainpower if I'm doing this for 27 years," said Patafie. "I was trying to make light of it. Just leave me alone." ... An NHL team really should take a flyer on little Rimouski D Mario Scalzo Jr. Talent like that has to count for something.

JUST WONDERING: Before Thursday's game, I'm talking to some London fans in the lobby of the JLC. Another fellow walks by and sheepishly shakes hands with a big grey-haired man in our group, then hurries off. "That guy booked off work today with a sore leg," said Grey Hair. "I know. I'm his boss. He's gonna get the worst job tomorrow." Can you say, "busted?"

LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: In light of the Knights jerking Patafie around, their monster season has been tainted. So much for winning with class ... Some guys are born to do certain jobs. The general manager of the John Labatt Centre is Brian Ohl. Imagine if he became commissioner of the league? "OHL Commissioner Brian Ohl ... "

NAPKIN NOTES: The hallway used by the Oceanic is guarded by London police officers when Rimouski practises at the Western Fair Sports Centre. The 67's have Tank Hetherington and "Stump" Craig. If you're smart, you'll take your chances with the cops ... 67's F Brad Bonello feigned shooting London's David Bolland with his stick when Bolland passed the 67's bench after the Knight dramatically went down after taking a high stick. Said Bonello: "I was telling him I didn't know there was a sniper in Section 7."

PARTING SHOT: Patafie said he spoke to 67's owner Jeff Hunt about Skategate II. "(Hunt) said if we have to buy a rivet machine to carry on the road, so be it. I said, 'Jeff, let's purchase a rivet machine and send it to London and just leave it there because it's the only place we're going to need it. The other 18 places we go, they wouldn't do this to us.'"

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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