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Barnaby's boy sets tourney scoring record

JASON HILLS

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Matthew Barnaby Jr. became a fan of the Edmonton Oilers when he saw YouTube footage of Oilers rising star Sam Gagner.

Yesterday, he pulled some Gagner-like moves in an 11-7 win by the Connecticut Yankees over the California 98s on the third day of the 19th annual Brick Invitational Super Novice Tournament.

The son of former NHL enforcer Matthew Barnaby - who coaches the Yankees - set a single game tournament record with eight points, notching three goals and five assistss.

"I normally wear No. 91, but knowing the tournament was in Edmonton, I wanted to wear Gagner's number 89," Barnaby said.

"I used to be a fan for whatever team my dad played for, but now that he's not playing, I have become a fan of the Oilers."

Playing on Connecticut's top line, Barnaby is one of the tournament's leading scorers with 11 points in four games. The Yankees are 3-1 so far.

"This is one of the biggest tournaments of my life and it's nice to have my dad here with me," said Barnaby. "It's nice to have him around more. He's at all my games. It's special to be able to have my dad as a coach."

The kid has a much softer touch around the net than his his dad, wh was known more for his fists.

After retiring at the beginning of this past season after 14 years with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers, Colorado, Chicago and Dallas, Barnaby Sr. felt it was time to leave the game he loved, to be more involved in his children's lives.

"Playing hockey, you travel so much, you don't get a chance to see your kids. Especially a kid who loves hockey like he does, I didn't get a chance to watch him," he said.

"I miss the game a lot, but at the same time it's very enjoyable being able to spend time with him being able to do things like this with my son."

Barnaby was a fiery individual on the ice over his career. His demeanour on the bench hasn't changed from when he was a player.

"I give it 100% behind the bench. I try to bring that emotion to the kids," he said. "If you don't bring the effort, your skill will never come out."

After working as an playoff analyst for The Score during his playing days, Barnaby moved to TSN this past season. He will be back with TSN for another year.

"It keeps me in the game. When hockey has been a part of you your whole life it's nice to have something like this," he said.

"It's tougher than I expected. There was more work than I thought, but it's like anything, if you work hard at it, hopefully you'll get better."


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