Rocket has Lightning connection

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Tyson Barrie has quite the life.

The son of Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner Len Barrie has skated with Steve Stamkos and once sat down at a lunch with Vinny Lacavalier.

He also gets the regular scoop on massive TV sitcom Two and a Half Men from Hollywood mogul Oren Koules, a Bolts co-owner like his dad.

"It's one of the best shows," said Barrie, who scored the overtime winner against Calgary to advance Kelowna to the Memorial Cup. "Oren said Charlie Sheen is the same as he is on the show. He's just as funny."

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The Cup host Rimouski Oceanic kept fit during their 23-day layoff in between games.

They also got feisty.

"We worked hard, we scrimmaged hard and there were even some fights," Oceanic captain Olivier Fortier said.

Which was the best tilt among teammates?

"I don't remember," the Montreal Canadiens draft pick said with a grin.

Six-foot-five, 215-pound battleship Keven Veilleux, a Pittsburgh Penguins pick, remained unchallenged.

"He's too big," Fortier said. "No one wanted to go after him."

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Windsor forward Scott Timmins' playoff beard is big, but it's a far cry from the Grizzly Adams-style chin hair he sported during last year's Memorial Cup tournament in Kitchener.

"I started that one in February because we knew we were already in it," the 19-year-old former Ranger from Hamilton said. "This one's nothing. I haven't been working on it that long."

It's still in a lot better shape than Ryan Ellis' reddish, elf-like effort. It's the first beard the world junior defenceman has ever tried to grow.

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The Rimouski Colisee has a bit of a familiar feel for Windsor goalie Andrew Engelage.

Inside, it bears some resemblance to the old Windsor Arena, the ancient rink in which the top-ranked Spitfires started their Memorial Cup march this season.

"A little bit," the six-foot-five veteran puckstopper said. "The glass is a little lower (than the new WFCU Centre) and there is the opportunity for some crazy bounces off the boards. You have to really watch when you leave the net."

Engelage remembers going out to play one puck at Windsor Arena and watching it bound right into the slot.

"I managed to get back and stop it because the guy tried to deke," he said.

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Some Memorial Cups are buried in bigger Canadian cities.

No threat of that happening here in little Rimouski. The average attendance at Oceanic games over the past 14 years is usually well over 4,000 at the 4,200-seat Colisee, which often houses one-tenth of the city's population on hockey night.

The Oceanic don't hide in the community, either.

Rimouski forward Patrice Cormier is one of three players on the club who scoots around in a personalized car decked out with his number (90), name on the side, a team logo and a sticker featuring his NHL draft team.

"Mine's a Mazda 3 -- it was provided through a dealership and I get to use it until the end of the Cup," the 18-year-old New Jersey prospect and world junior gold medalist said. "It's been great. People see it around the city and talk to me about the team. It's a lot of fun."


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