LONG ISLAND — Two of the best Ottawa 67’s centres in the past decade will be squaring off at Nassau Coliseum Thursday when the Senators visit the Islanders.
And beforehand, Zenon Konopka will no doubt take time to wish Corey Locke all the future success in the world.
Emphasis on the word future.
“He was like my little brother in Ottawa and now he finally gets his chance to prove he belongs in this league,” the Islanders’ Konopka said of Locke, with whom he played under coach Brian Kilrea during the 2001-02 season. “I’m excited for him and wish him all the best ... after (Thursday) night.”
Locke was 17 his rookie season with the 67’s, and he remembers the then-20-year-old Konopka as a great leader. The two good friends have crossed paths a number of times in the AHL since.
This, however, will be different.
“It should be an interesting game,” said Locke.