P.E.I. Rocket signs younger Phaneuf

Marcel Vander Wier
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The P.E.I. Rocket have brought in a young defenceman with a big name for a tryout.

Dane Phaneuf, the younger brother of Dion Phaneuf, was claimed on waivers last week from the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.

Phaneuf's agent Don Meehan called Rocket president and governor Serge Savard Jr. and asked if he'd be interested in giving the youngster a chance in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"He asked me that favour, and I said yes," Savard Jr. told the Guardian.

"He's only 17. We don't know the kid very much, but so far he's impressed us in practices. We'll see when he's going to play."

The Edmonton-born Phaneuf, who has family living on P.E.I., was a third-round draft pick by the Cougars in 2009.

"He's not like his brother," Savard Jr. added. "I don't want people to compare him to Dion. We see him as a steady defenceman that can just do the simple plays."

Phaneuf played one game last season with the Cougars, and was minus-3.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound right-handed rearguard said he was excited for a change of scenery.

"I'm really happy with it," he said. "I'm ready to go, and am just waiting to get my chance. This is a fresh start and I'm happy to be here.

"I just want to contribute everything I can and develop to be a better player.

"I like to play offensively, but I play defence, so that's my first goal. But whatever they need me to fill in here, I'm ready to do."

In November 2009, Phaneuf became a YouTube sensation when he rubbed out Hayley Wickenheiser behind the net during a non-contact exhibition game between his bantam club and the women's national team.

The 31-year-old Wickenheiser took exception to the hit at the time and tried to wrestle the 15-year-old to the ice.

Other Rocket news

Eighteen-year-old defenceman Dylan Capstick of Verdun, Que., has left the team for personal reasons.

"Dylan wants to do something else in life," said Savard Jr.

On Monday, goalie Maxime Lagacé was named the league's second star of the week.

Friday, Lagacé stopped 35 shots to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Moncton.

He was named first star of the game.

On Sunday, he was named third star of the game after stopping 44 of 48 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

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Organizations: Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Edmonton, Verdun, Moncton

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  • Teeder
    October 20, 2011 - 13:26

    Not sure how news about a 17 year old kid turns into a hate-fest about his brother. The Rocket signed the kid, yes his brother is a high-profile professional, but don't start dumping on him before he plays his first shift. He is his own person, get off his back, let him play. Hockey is a beautiful game, but sometimes fans can ruin it by turning it into a soap opera. Instead of spreading rumours and jabbering away about stuff you don't know about, try putting on a pair of skates, grab a stick, play some shinny and burn off some of that negativity.

  • sports fan
    October 19, 2011 - 13:56

    Is that how a player gets to play in the Q? If you have and connections? I'm sure the rocket are going far this year just like in years past! Get a good scout!

    • beeper
      October 20, 2011 - 17:47

      Ok we all need to cut the kid some slack! Never mind his brother, Maybe just maybe he will play like his grandad did, in the old island league and stand a few on their heads!!! Good luck young Phaneuf, welcome to your home land.

  • leaf fan
    October 18, 2011 - 15:33

    hope his ego isn't like his older brother, he has a terrible personality and very disrespectful

    • Realityman
      October 19, 2011 - 12:44

      The older brother has a serious problem and the Leafs should have traded him because he hasn't brought anything to the team. As Captain, there needs to be some motivation from his part but if you look at last season that team had to be the most under motivated in the league....it seemed as though the elder Phaneuf was almost doing it purposely to try and affect the future of the coach. He definately is not worth the money they are paying him, he needs to be more than a guy who wants to pick a fight every game or someone that likes to take center ice slap shots as a way to show his strength or a Captain that has little dialogue with ''his'' players as shown on tv. Hopefully the younger will be the opposite of his brother...I agree with Leaf Fan.