Hitmen sporting mohawks for post-season run

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Like the rest of his Calgary Hitmen teammates, rookie defenceman Erik Bonsor is sporting a black mohawk.

Every year, on the eve of the post-season, the Hitmen get together and decide on a 'playoff 'do'.

Last year, they went blond.

This year: Mohawk.

As far as Bonsor is concerned, the funky hair-do could be worse.

"I don't think my parents were that shocked," Bonsor said.

"One year, I had to dye my hair blue (while with the midget AAA Buffaloes), so I think this year's is better with the black mohawk.

"It's not as noticeable as having blue hair."

That might be open to interpretation.

But one thing that isn't open for debate is the club's excitement to finally be playing playoff hockey.

The Hitmen, who host the Edmonton Oil Kings this afternoon (2 p.m., Fan 960) in Game 2 of their opening-round series, ran away from the pack this season and locked up the Central Division title in January.

The Eastern Conference banner was clinched shortly thereafter.

And although the battle for first overall came down to the final weekend, the Hitmen relied on each other and their coaching staff to stay motivated down the stretch.

"We were so far ahead during the regular season, I think everyone has been waiting for the playoffs," Bonsor said.

"We wanted to get it going."

The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder had been paired with fellow rookie Austin Madaisky for the past few months.

But assistant coach Brent Kisio, who handles the defencemen, split up his top pairing of Paul Postma and Michael Stone in Game 1 against the Oil Kings Thursday night.

Bonsor ended up playing with almost everyone on the roster.

But the Calgary product said he didn't change his gameplan based on who he lined up alongside.

"Coach Brent was trying some different things to see what was working," the 18-year-old said.

"But I just try to do my thing and see if I can contribute offensively."

The Hitmen will welcome back sophomore d-man Matt Mackenzie this afternoon.

The New Westminster, B.C., product hasn't played since Jan. 20.

He actually played two games after breaking his jaw Jan. 16 against Vancouver. It was wired shut for the past six weeks.


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