Old man and the sea

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Mike Comrie is in In The Crease.

But, despite that and his address, the Senators forward will also be the first to tell you he's no movie star.

Comrie and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer are billed as "co-stars" in what Stickmen Pictures (?) is pushing off as "the No. 1 sports DVD in the U.S. and Canada." (???)

Also appearing in the "best-selling" and "inspiring true story of a teenage team and its quest to be national champions" are 13 other NHLers, including the likes of Martin Havlat, Brendan Shanahan and Jeremy Roenick.

The role of the pros was to provide some "unique insight".

"I was interviewed for two hours," said Comrie, who laughs at the suggestion the part could prove to be a stepping stone to a post-hockey career and, who knows, possibly a future Oscar.

He wouldn't have to go far to get started on an acting career, if that's the way the 26-year-old bachelor one day decides he wants to go.

Comrie is the only Senator who makes his home in sunny southern California.

"The reason I moved here when I was playing in Edmonton was because I didn't want to spend the whole year in one city, I wanted to break it up, so when I'd come back in September I'd feel fresh after the off-season," said Comrie, who lives in Los Angeles and trains with a number of other NHLers in the summer at T.R. Goodman's Pro Camp.

Personally, I'd have trouble staying disciplined, but then I'm 46 and weak, and my hockey career is pretty much over.

I want to be put out to pasture in SoCal.

The electric nightlife aside, Sun picture snapper Tony "Trigger" Caldwell and moi had a chance to see a scenic side of the state when we drove to Laguna Beach yesterday morning. Located about a half hour from Anaheim and the site of tonight's second Stanley Cup final game, it is a spectacular village set between rolling mountains and nestled up along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Suspecting that ocean plus beach equalled babes, I figured it was a great idea to take the trip even though the sky was overcast and the air cool.

It wasn't.

At least Trigger and I were able to spend some quality time together without the distractions of other humans.

Of course, by the time we packed up and made it back to Anaheim, the weather had changed and it was a nice day for the beach again.

It was that kind of day.

We had planned to follow Senators president Roy Mlakar to his 10 a.m. PST karma-collecting interview with the one and only Jim Rome. An early phone call to producer "Jay Stew" put the wheels in motion, but a return call from producer Travis Rogers 15 minutes later threw brakes on a deal we believed was as good as done.

At least CJOH sportscaster Terry Marcotte -- who doesn't fall under the Jungle's little- known and quite-curious rule of not allowing print journalists into the studio -- was able to spend some time in the company of their greatness.

I decided against interviewing Marcotte to find out what it was like.

Not that former Ottawa Rough Rider cheerleader Tammy Laverty should ever be considered anyone's backup plan, but calls to her wound up no further than an answering machine.

The lovely Ms. Laverty, a singer/actress who now lives in these parts, was in the crowd and holding a sign at Monday's game, but we didn't see her.

We did spot a number of other attractive women and jersey-wearing Senators fans, and they'll need to be out in full force tonight as Ottawa attempts to even the series.

You better hope the Senators have more luck reaching their goals than Trigger and I did yesterday.


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