He's a real Kingston boy

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Perhaps Alex Steen wanted closure in the war of words between Don Cherry and Swedes -- or maybe he and fiancee Sofie just liked the sound of the name.

But you can bet their choice of Kingston as a monicker for their new son would get two thumbs up from Grapes, Doug Gilmour and the rest of the famous hockey town.

The eight-pound, one-ounce boy arrived last week, but Steen admitted the couple had gone through every name in the baby book the previous nine months, before deciding they wanted "something different."

Cherry has eased off his Swede-bashing in recent years, no doubt noting four of the six Canadian teams have had Scandinavian captains.

But it should be noted that Kingston is the second generation of Canadian-born Steens, Alex growing up in Winnipeg where his father Thomas was a star in the 1980s with the Jets.

TENKRAT PATROL

Toronto likely will encounter a former "paper Leaf" tonight if the Bruins use fourth-liner Petr Tenkrat.

The 29-year-old Tenkrat's rights were acquired by the Leafs from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003 as compensation for Toronto making Travis Green available in that year's waiver draft.

The waiver cost to general manager John Ferguson was a mere $4,500 US at the time. Though the Czech chose to play for Karpat Oulu in Finland these past few years, Green's roster spot went to a young Matt Stajan.

The Leafs kept Tenkrat's rights and parlayed them into a seventh-round draft pick from the Bruins back in June.

FAMILY GUY

Frantisek Kaberle Sr., a coach and part-time scout for Bobby Orr's agency, stopped in to see son Tomas yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

He reports that Frantisek Jr. has begun skating after shoulder problems sidelined him in Carolina and he hopes to be back with the Cup champs in January or February.

BOB'S YOUR MAYOR

Winger Chad Kilger's father Bob won the mayoral race in Cornwall on Monday by almost a 2-1 margin. The elder Kilger was a former MP in the city.


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