It's a brother act that would lend marquee value to the Chinook Hockey League, but Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers has been told he won't be gracing the local senior circuit any time soon.
Smyth, who made inquiries two weeks ago about the possibility of joining older brother Kevin and younger brother Jared with the Bentley Generals of the CHL, said yesterday his application has been rejected.
"I'd like to play with my brothers," said Smyth, who just finished a four-game charity series in B.C. with other locked-out NHL players. "We could play on a line together. It would be a lot of fun."
The Generals, who went to the 2004 Allan Cup final before losing to St. Georges of Quebec, sit atop the eight-team CHL with a 15-2-1 record.
Smyth, 28, is an acquaintance of Bentley manager Wes Gyori. After some discussions with Gyori, Smyth says the idea of him suiting up with the Generals was put forward to the league.
Smyth isn't sure who within the CHL - the league president is Ray Marsh - rejected the idea, but said there was apparently some concern voiced by a member of another team about his participation.
"I can't comment on much because I don't know exactly," said Smyth. "I just want to have some fun and play with my brothers."
Neither Gyori or Marsh could be reached for comment yesterday.