Friday, 14 May 2010

Brothers at Arms

It's a big week for the Stone family and a rarity for the Memorial Cup.

Brothers will play on opposing teams during the tournament in Wheat Kings' left-winger Mark Stone and his older brother Michael, a defenceman with the Calgary Hitmen.

"I don't know if it's even been done before," says Stone, "I know my parents (Rob & Jackie) are both really excited. They're interested to see what's going to happen throughout the week and it's going to be exciting not just for us, but for them as well."

Overall, Stone says they're not expected a large contingent of family to be in Brandon to watch what has to be considered a significant event but those that will be here will be supportive.

"It's huge. Our family will be excited to watch us both play at a tournament like this," says Mark Stone, "It's going to be a lot of fun but it'll be nervous for them."

Stone says one advantage will be at least the family will be able to cheer for one side, with the exception of the head-to-head game between Brandon and Calgary next Wednesday and, of course, any possible playoff matchup.

Overall, Mark's gotten the short end of the stick in the brothers' head-to-head matchups through their WHL careers. Mark is 4-11-0, with Michael's Hitmen have knocked out Mark's Wheat Kings in the playoffs each of the last two years. 2004, Winnipeg products Kyle and Todd Howarth opposed each other in the Memorial Cup. Kyle was with Medicine Hat and Todd with the host Kelowna Rockets. However, Kyle did not dress for any of Medicine Hat's games during the tournament...speaking of brothers, the Moncton Wildcats feature twin brothers Allain and Alex Saulnier.

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