Ex-Hitmen's friends turn enemies

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Ian Duval got it right.

After playing 125 regular-season games for the Calgary Hitmen, instinct might have led him down the wrong hallway.

But the Kelowna Rockets overager said he won't be visiting the Hitmen side of the rink until the WHL championship is over.

"That's in the past," Duval said of his former allegiances and friendships.

"We're playing for a championship. We can be buddy-buddy afterward, but this is business right now.

"Friend or foe, it's for the title."

The 20-year-old speedster said he'll probably be on the receiving end of a few verbal jabs from his former mates.

"I'm not too sure because I wasn't around much (this year)," he said when asked who would be in his ear the most.

"Probably the older leaders like (Brett) Sonne."

Sonne confirmed there will be no reunion until the Ed Chynoweth Cup has been handed out.

"I think it's best if we both concentrate on our own side of the boards," Sonne said. "It comes down to either us or them.

"We've been working for this all year, so there's no question we won't have any friends on the ice."

Duval was on the Hitmen roster to start the regular season, but didn't see any game action due to a surplus of overagers.

He was sent to Moose Jaw and played with the last-place Warriors until mid-January.

He escaped to the Rockets, much like sniper Joel Broda did to the Hitmen, at the WHL trade deadline.

Duval has nine goals and 14 points in 16 playoff outings this spring.


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