Carroll wants OHL crown to add to dad's jewelry

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

Marcus Carroll has a Stanley Cup ring but he'd rather earn some OHL championship jewelry of his own.

The spunky rookie forward with the Owen Sound Attack is the son of successful former London Knight forward Billy Carroll, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. Never known as a flashy sort or a showoff, Carroll kept one of his Cup rings and gave the other three to his three sons.

But for all his NHL winning, Billy Carroll wasn't able to cop an OHL crown -- his Knights lost the 1977 league final in six games to the Ottawa 67's.

"I'd like to do something that he wasn't able to do," said Marcus, 17,who grew up in Ajax. "It's pretty special that we're playing against London in the playoffs. My mom (Sherri) is from London -- my dad met her in high school -- so we would always come here for Christmas to visit our aunts and uncles."

The Carrolls have another London connection -- Marcus' older brother Matthew was drafted by the Knights a few years ago but ended up playing Tier II hockey so he could keep up with his beloved lacrosse.

Built like his father, the five-foot-seven, 182-pound Marcus plays centre on the Attack's small but spirited checking line which gave Kitchener fits in their first-round upset over the Rangers.

"Right from the start of the year, the coaches gave us younger guys a chance to get a lot of ice time and it's given us confidence," Carroll said. "When we get out there late in the game, we're not afraid that we're going to make a big mistake. We just go out there and crash and bang and try to make something happen."

While his London Knight opponents are proven winners, Carroll had the good fortune to grow up in a household with a high-calibre hockey champion.

Marcus is a tiger on the ice, which is fitting since his father once earned extra money during his junior days dressing up as Tony the Tiger -- the longtime mascot of Frosted Flakes cereal -- for TV commercials.

"Marcus is just like his dad. He's a carbon copy," London trainer Don Brankley said.


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