No final ticket for birthday boy

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

There's nothing Jayden Murray would like more for his eighth birthday than a Memorial Cup championship win by his favourite team.

The diehard Knights fan from St. Thomas was at the Rimouski-Ottawa game last night with green bingo dauber ink all through his blond hair and a white and green face.

But Jayden will be watching the final on TV with his grandmother. Jayden wasn't impressed his father Kevin was taking his mother with him to the John Labatt Centre today.

Jayden even has to eat his cake for breakfast so mom and dad can get to the game early. Dad has been paying the price as people can't believe he's leaving Jayden at home.

"(They're) calling me nasty names," he said.

Shovel Guy has following

Andrew Kitt, a.k.a. Shovel Guy at the John Labatt Centre, has a following all his own at the Cup games now. It started with one section cheering him whenever he scooped up snow from the ice during timeouts. Now the fans throughout the arena applaud whenever he comes on the ice.

Last night, Shovel Guy sported a tuxedo to do his job as fans at one end of the arena did "We're not worthy" bows and a Section 113 fan held up a pink shovel every time he skated by.

Once a Knight . . .

Danny Bois was born a year too early, but even though he graduated last season, the former London Knights captain -- one of the most popular in team history -- has been to all the Cup games.

"We wish we could have done this last year, but we couldn't be happier for the guys this year and how the team is playing," Bois said last night.

"I've been talking with Dennis Wideman and we think about last year quite a bit (when the Knights lost to Guelph in the Western Conference final), but there's not much we can do about it now.

"You just try to let go and enjoy it with these guys and move on."

Bois spent this past season with Binghamton of the American Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators' top development team. He said people have recognized him as he walks around the streets of London.

"A lot of people have a lot of nice things to say and that's nice. I don't think these guys fully understand what they're doing for the city and maybe that's a good thing because they don't get caught up in that."

No special lady in his life

Sidney Crosby told Sportsnet he doesn't have a girlfriend due to the language barrier. Although the Rimouski Oceanic forward does speak some French, Crosby is not yet fluent.

Crosby gets lots of practice speaking French, though. After all of Rimouski's practices, Crosby speaks to the English reporters first, followed by the French journalists.

Oceanic coach Doris Labonte speaks to the French pack first. It's a bit of an advantage for those who speak the language as Labonte, a better interview, may say something interesting about Crosby, which reporters can then follow up with the star player.

Although his interviews are peppered with cliches and he doesn't seem completely comfortable talking to the media yet, Crosby is a class act when speaking about hockey, his teammates and opponents.

With all of the comparisons people make between Crosby and Gretzky, the young star is like the Great One in interviews as well -- he always says the right thing and he's a great ambassador for his sport.


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