Coaching keeps Maurice young

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Promoted to an NHL coach in Hartford in his late 20s, Paul Maurice felt his aging process already was accelerated. Thus, turning 40 yesterday was not a traumatic event.

"I think the opposite is true," Maurice said.

"You get addicted to this lifestyle, the emotional ups and downs, the gratification when you win, the horrible feelings when you lose. You get to the point where you need it, to where the summer feels like it's dragging until you get back at it.

"It keeps your heart racing and keeps you feeling younger."

As for any special birthday-night plans, Maurice quipped "I'm going to a hockey game."

RAIN CZECH FOR KABERLES

Brothers Tomas and Frantisek Kaberle dined together on Monday night in Raleigh, but it will be a while before they play each other again.

Frantisek Jr. just had a setback from off-season shoulder surgery that will delay his return to the Hurricanes about two weeks.

The initial prediction of a late-January return meshed perfectly with Tomas and the Leafs coming to town. But persistent pain led to a massage therapist giving him joint manipulation treatment.

"Now I have to wait to get my strength back again," Frantisek said yesterday.

"The doctors said 10 to 14 days."

Frantisek hopes to be playing by Feb. 17, when Frantisek Sr. arrives from the Czech Republic. The one-time national team star and now a scout for Bobby Orr's player rep agency, he spends a few weeks with each son during the season.

Tomas visited Frantisek, his wife and niece Monday night, Frantisek saying he didn't rib his younger sibling about failing to get a point in the 21-goal NHL all-star game last week.

"It wasn't really a good game, but it's about having fun," Frantisek said.

LOOSE LEAFS

A story last week on the lack of French Canadian players in the Leafs' system overlooked free agent Brent Aubin, leading scorer of the Quebec Remparts and a standout at the Leafs' rookie camp ... Jiri Tlusty, the Leafs' No. 1 pick at last year's draft, has returned to the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL after an ankle injury.


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