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DAD IN STANDS AS DAYN BELFOUR DEBUTS FOR STREETSVILLE
By TERRY KOSHAN, TORONTO SUN
Dayn Belfour looks just like his famous father in net. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)
AS MUCH as Ed Belfour would love to be on the ice and getting prepared for his third season in a Maple Leafs uniform, playing the role of spectator isn't such a bad thing -- for now. Belfour watched from the stands last night at the Mold-Masters Sportsplex in Georgetown as his 15-year-old son, Dayn, made his debut for the Streetsville Derbys in an Ontario Provincial Jr. A game against the home-town Raiders.
"I wish the score was a little different, but it's a learning curve and he's at the bottom of it right now," the elder Belfour said after signing autographs through much of the first intermission. "As long as he keeps working hard he will be fine. I'm glad he is getting the opportunity to play junior hockey."
The younger Belfour didn't get much from his Derbys teammates -- he saw 42 shots in the first two periods alone -- and wound up on the wrong end of an 8-2 final. But there's no doubt of the bloodlines, even down to the eagle-adorned mask and the No. 20 on his back. Belfour junior might give up a few more rebounds than his old man but style-wise he's not far off the mirror image of his father.
"He'll be able to coach me a lot more this year (because of the NHL lockout) and I'll develop more but he's going to have to work too," Dayn Belfour said. "My traits are a lot like his. It's great."
And how is his dad? Ed Belfour continues to recover from back surgery and in all likelihood would not have been ready for the Leafs' mid-October regular-season opener had the lockout not become reality.
"I'm doing good, but I really won't know until I get on the ice," said Belfour, who was in a friendly mood.
Belfour turns 40 in April but he is not worried about possibly losing a whole season to a lockout, saying he plans on playing for "another three, four, maybe five years."
Still, he is keeping his fingers crossed that an agreement between the NHL and its players' association can be reached amicably and without a ton of delay.
"It's important that we are back on the ice as quickly as possible," Belfour said. "(A lengthy lockout) is only going to hurt the game and hopefully we can make some good decisions and negotiate in good faith and get rid of the greed.
"It's a matter of trust and compromise on both sides and coming to a fair deal that everyone can be happy with. I think the proposals the players' association have put forward have been very fair, but as far as a (salary) cap goes, I don't think it would be fair at all."