'Tender household

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 5:04 AM ET

Most hockey-playing brothers grow up fighting over one issue more than others.

Who's going to have to play goal?

The Pickards are different.

Both Calvin and Chet Pickard wanted to be between the pipes.

But, with two aspiring goaltenders in the same house, someone would have to take the shots.

Sometimes, it was dad. Other times ...

"It was usually me because I was the younger one," said Calvin, the Seattle Thunderbirds young star. "But we switched off every now and then."

Every junior hockey fan has heard of Chet Pickard.

He starred for the Tri-City Americans, posting a sub-3.00 goals-against average in all four junior campaigns.

He piled up a whopping 81 victories over his final two seasons and was named the WHL's top puckstopper both years.

Some may not have heard as much about Calvin.

That's about to change.

The younger Pickard has all the tools to match his older sibling's accomplishments.

Chet was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Calvin, 17, is a Predators fan for now -- until next summer when he'll likely have an NHL team to call his own.

"I'm watching what my brother does, and I want him to do well, so I guess you could say that," he said when asked if he's been rooting for the Predators and the American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee where Chet now plays.

"We're both calm, and we're both pretty big, and we both work hard, so I think we have the same style."

Calvin is expected to be one of the first handful of goaltenders taken at the 2010 draft, but he said he tries not to think about it.

"I think about it every now and then, but I try to put it in the back of my mind," Calvin said.

"I just want to be the best goalie I can be."

Which is pretty darn good.

Earlier this month, he kicked out 57 shots to post a 1-0 victory over the high-powered Tri-City Americans.

It is thought to be the most saves ever recorded for a WHL shutout.

"That was definitely a special night as far as feeling like you're in the zone," Calvin said.

"Those nights don't come around very often.

"In the warmup, and then the first few minutes of the game, you can tell you're feeling really good.

"That was one of those nights."

SBISA BACK IN DUB

Luca Sbisa is back in the WHL -- again.

The Anaheim Ducks sent the big Swiss defenceman down to the Lethbridge Hurricanes earlier this week.

Sbisa, who was pointless in eight games with the Ducks, spent the first 39 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

The 19-year-old's arrival in Lethbridge leaves the team with three imports.

The club will attempt to move forward Radim Vulchar in the next 10 days.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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