THROWER DUEL ON DECKJan 31, 2013 - 10:12 MST
Written By: Forbes, Bryce
As much as fans might enjoy it, don’t expect a fight between brothers Josh and Dalton Thrower at center ice on Friday night.
For the first time as WHL players, the two siblings will face each other when Josh’s Calgary Hitmen battle Dalton’s Saskatoon Blades starting at 6 p.m. MT Friday night.
But Josh said their parents have already broached the idea of the two brothers dropping the gloves when they face off.
“Our parents don’t like that too much,” said Josh, the 16-year-old in his rookie season with the Hitmen. “They said that we will get in trouble if we do fight so probably not going to do that.”
This is the second time the possible matchup could occur. Near the end of November, the Blades were in town but Dalton was sidelined due to injury.
It’s all set up now for the game Friday night.
“I’m pretty excited to play against him, but I’m pretty nervous,” said Josh, a defenceman just like his big brother.
Growing up in Squamish, B.C., Josh said he learned everything about hockey from Dalton, a 19-year-old second round draft pick with the Montreal Candiens.
“I was really excited growing up and watching him play in the league. I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Josh said.
“He’s a role model for me.
“We always went on the ice when we were younger, goofed around, and when we started getting older and more experienced, he started showing me everything he knows.”
The two play the similar hard-nosed, checking style, although Dalton can contribute a little more in the offensive zone.
“We like to battle pretty hard,” Josh noted. “I think we had the same kinda edge of my game and I feel like I play a lot like him.”
In 34 games this year, Dalton has scored four goals and 18 points, while Josh has managed four points in 25 appearances.
Josh said he considers Dalton his best friend.
“We do everything together and everything is good between us.”
But if given the chance, Josh would have no qualms laying a full-body check on his big brother.
“Nice big hit would be pretty good, but he’s a defenceman also so I don’t know if it will come around too often. He’s offensive so maybe he’ll come down my side of the wing and I’ll get lucky.”
The Friday night matchup will be game three of a long road trip for the Hitmen. Currently sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference, Calgary will need to start picking up points quick in hopes to catch the leading Edmonton Oil Kings.
Game time is 6 p.m. MT and fans can listen live on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.