Memorial Cup odds and ends

Ryan Pyette, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 PM ET

The Kelowna Rockets took two delay of game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass in their Memorial Cup opener against Rimouski.

There will be more.

The glass in the Rimouski Colisee end is much shorter than typical Canadian Hockey League rinks. It’s three feet less than the usual eight feet in the end zones and two feet fewer than the six feet along the side boards.

After much pre-tournament discussion at the GMs meeting, the CHL opted to apply the usual rule despite the Tom Thumb glass: if the puck goes over in the defensive zone, it’s still two minutes.

“It’s definitely shorter than we’re used to,” said Rockets defenceman Collin Bowman. “We took some penalties for it but it’s an easy thing to adjust. We just have to be more aware of it.”

“It was the first thing we worked on when we came here to practice,” Kelowna head coach Ryan Huska added. “Of course, no one shot it over the glass then. The game situation, though, was a different story.”

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Windsor Spitfires equipment manager Ty Tatomir represents a blast from the team’s Memorial Cup past.

The 24-year-old’s father Wally served in the same role for the Spits in their last tournament apperance in 1988 at Chicoutimi.

The elder Tatomir has been the equipment manager of the Carolina Hurricanes for the past 13 years. The NHL club is one of four teams left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

His son Ty spent the past four years working as his father’s assistant. Former Spitfire Paul Maurice is the ’Canes head coach.

BIG SHOES

Rimouski forward Patrice Cormier lives with the same billet family Sidney Crosby did when he played for the Oceanic.

“I’ve met Sid a few times,” he said.

Cormier also played with London Knights sniper John Tavares on Team Canada at the world junior hockey championships in Ottawa. There’s little doubt who he’d draft first overall next month in Montreal if he was New York Islanders GM Garth Snow.

“It’s Johnny,” the New Jersey Devils second rounder said. ““Definitely. I’ve played against (Swede Victor) Hedman and they’re different players. But Johnny’s a great leader, great player.”

AROUND TOWN

The Oceanic have only played in Rimouski 14 years but already have four retired numbers hanging from the Colisee rafters: Vincent Lecavalier (No. 4), Jonathan Beaulieu (9), Allan Sirois (12) and Brad Richards (39).

Sidney Crosby’s No. 87 will be next. The team just have to find time during the season to bring the Pittsburgh captain back during the hockey season. Lecavalier and Richards’ numbers were retired during the 2004-05 NHL lockout season.

There are also four banners in the rink recognizing local and area talent that went on to NHL careers — former Quebec Nordiques Louis Sleigher, Serge Bernier, Alain Cote and one ex Montreal Canadien — current Oceanic assistant coach Donald Dufresne.


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