Big brother a little nervous

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

As Maxime Tanguay sits among the hopefuls in Columbus at the NHL Entry Draft, he likely won't be the most nervous member of his family.

That role is reserved for big brother Alex, who will accompany his sibling to Ohio this weekend.

"I'm very excited for him. I think I'll be probably more nervous than I was at my own draft," said the Calgary Flames winger who went 12th overall to the Colorado Avalanche in 1998.

"I was kind of relaxed. Now I'll be a little anxious to see where he goes."

Maxime is ranked No. 60 among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service, which means he should go during the middle rounds. There's little chance of a family reunion in Calgary with the Flames due to pick at No. 18 before a wait until the fifth round to get back up to the podium.

The elder Tanguay, though, would do backflips if his kid brother somehow ended up here.

"It'd be kind of a dream for me to play with him in the NHL, how Scott and Rob Niedermayer wereable to do," he said. "Playing together with your brother, I don't think it can be any more fun, having a family member."

Wherever Maxime ends up, he's got an advisor in Alex.

That could prove valuable with all the ups-and-downs that come with being a professional athlete.

Alex says his first lesson will be about having fun.

"Hockey is a game, you need to enjoy yourself," he said.

"When you go through tough times and things like that, you have to find a way to enjoy yourself -- and to work.

"If you work harder than the guys next to you, well, you're going to give yourself a better chance than them of making it. Doesn't mean you're going to make it but at least you're going to give yourself a chance."

A knee injury may have played a part in Maxime's modest Central ranking but Alex says it's fair to draw a few comparisons between the siblings.

"I think he's very similar," Tanguay said.

"He's maybe a better skater than I am. He's got good potential."


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