Quinn applauds war vet

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Leading the applause for 105-year-old World War One serviceman Lloyd Clemett before last night's game was head coach Pat Quinn.

Clemett was part of a Rememberance Day ceremony honouring Canadian peacekeepers and veterans of 20th century conflicts.

"Wasn't that man amazing?," Quinn said of Clemett.

"This time of year, you're alway's mindful. Most of us have had brothers, sisters and fathers who have served (Quinn's late father was in the navy in World War II). We're the lucky ones who've never had to do that stuff. So it's a good time of year (to think about them)."

HANLON AN OVECHKIN FAN

Glen Hanlon loves Alexander Ovechkin's enthusiasm and it's not just to do with scoring goals.

"He has done his due diligence with the defensive side," Hanlon, the Capitals coach, said. "I love the youthful exuberance he brings. He just loves hockey."

Ovechkin, whose command of English already is good thanks in part to teammate and roommate Brian Willsie, easily has the talent to enjoy a long and productive NHL career. But he has no desire to be seen as a one-dimensional player.

"I want to play everything, penalty killing, power play, I just like to play hockey," the 20-year-old said. "It doesn't matter where you play, defence or on the attack, you must play hard."

FRANCIS COMES TO MIND

Jeff O'Neill, who often rode shotgun for future Hall of Famer Ron Francis during their days together with the Carolina Hurricanes, said playing on a line with Leafs captain Mats Sundin reminds him of Francis.

"It's very similar to playing with Ronnie," O'Neill said. "You have to have your stick on the ice and be ready at all times because you never know when he will find you."

Sundin was glad that rookie Alex Steen joined him and O'Neill on the same line last night against the Capitals.

"I think (Steen) is at the point where he is going to help me out there (rather than the other way around)," Sundin said with a chuckle.

"You know what, it does make you think you have been around for a while when you have played (in the NHL) with his dad (Thomas)."


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