Knights' new Syvret off to rough start

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

Corey Syvret lived at the family home in Millgrove, near Hamilton, while his older brother Danny played in London with the Knights.

So this new setup is a bit surreal for the 16-year-old Corey, who has moved here to play while his older brother is back living at the family home and playing for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Call it the Syvret sibling switcheroo.

"The rink (Copps Coliseum) is about a 10-minute drive from Millgrove," said the Knights' rookie defenceman. "He's at home and I'm here. I talk to him all the time and it always helps."

Especially after the weekend Corey just experienced. The six-foot-two, 185-pounder was drilled head-first into the boards in Friday's loss to Owen Sound, then took a puck in the mouth Sunday against the Soo Greyhounds.

"Danny said it -- everything always happens to the rookies," Corey said. "The hit from behind, I wasn't knocked out but I felt tingling in my neck so I knew not to move until Branks (trainer Don Brankley) got a look at it.

"(On Sunday) I was watching my man and took my eye off the puck and A.J. Perry tipped it -- you can put that in -- right into my mouth. I didn't lose any teeth, but on Monday, I couldn't open my mouth so it was a struggle to get any food into it. I lost some weight, which wasn't too good, but it's a lot better now."

Syvret, the Knights No. 1 pick in the 2005 OHL draft, has seen plenty of ice time and hopes it doesn't stop.

"I've had a chance to play a lot so far and I'm learning so much."

He's not the only Knight with a brother in Hamilton. Import forward Sergei Kostitsyn's older brother Andrei is with the AHL club shared by Montreal and Edmonton.


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