Talbots made to captain 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Five years separate Julian Talbot from his older brother, Joe, but as far as their hockey careers go, they could be identical twins.

They grew up together in Greater Sudbury, on its eastern edge in Wahnapitae, playing on the same minor hockey teams.

Joe Talbot played centre for the Ottawa 67's, as does his younger sibling.

Amazingly, both put up identical numbers in their rookie seasons.

Joe had 10 goals, 18 assists and 13 penalty minutes during the 1997-98 season.

Julian had 10 goals, 18 assists and 13 penalty minutes in his freshman campaign in 2002-03, the year after his older brother played his last season under coach Brian Kilrea.

Joe Talbot scored 52 and 69 points in each of his next two seasons, while his younger brother finished with three points less in each of those years.

The older Talbot played four seasons in junior with the 67's, finishing his career as a 20-year-old and team captain.

And so it goes for the younger brother who began the current season following in the skate blades of Joe, wearing the captain's letter.

Kilrea, coaching in his 30th season with the 67's, said picking Talbot as this year's captain was a natural, given the track record of his brother.

"Their mannerisms are the same. They're both well respected. They're both very quiet, but both lead by example," said Kilrea.

It's a big honour for Julian Talbot who doesn't mind speaking about the parallels.

"Being compared to Joe isn't a bad thing, because he was such a good player and a good captain here," said the younger Talbot.

The main difference between the two: Joe played in two Memorial Cups and was a main contributor in a 67's victory in the 1999 tournament here in Ottawa.

Julian Talbot was one of the top performers for the 67's during the most recent Memorial Cup in London last May, with the team reaching the semi-final before bowing to Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic.

TALBOT OPTIMISTIC

The 67's are off to a 2-0 start after a pair of wins last weekend on a northern road trip, which gives the younger Talbot optimism about the possibility to match his brother's file of Memorial Cup appearances.

"In your last year, you want to make it as far as you can and make it go on as long as you can," he said. "Joe's been lucky, because every team he's been on, it seems, has won a championship.

I just hope we can get a chance to get there again this year."

As for the Battle of the Brothers, the younger Talbot needs 83 points to surpass Joe's collection of 228.

"I don't really try to think about it too much, because I know what kind of player Joe was," he said. "He's always been a skilled player, so I need to work hard, do what I've been doing every other year.

"Then we'll see if I can catch up to him, or not."


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