Thursday, April 9, 2015

Friendship put on hold

Shoot the Breeze Photography
They are long time friends off the ice, but that is about to change as Tyrell Goulbourne and Brandon Magee meet in game one of a second round WHL playoff series between the Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals.
Goulbourne and Magee grew up together in Edmonton and have created a friendship over the years while playing hockey in the Alberta capital.
"He is definitely my worse enemy on the ice", Goulbourne said with a smile during practice this week. "He is a scrappy little guy and he knows how to get under your skin. I remember a couple of years ago we fought and his mom gave us crap for it. I don't think we will be fighting in this series but we are definitely going to be playing each other hard".
Goulbourne and Magee almost share the same birth date. Magee came into this earth on January 23, 1994. Three days later Goulbourne was born on January 26th.
The two were drafted in the 2009 WHL bantam draft. Magee was taken in the fourth round by the now defunct Chilliwack Bruins while Goulbourne was drafted by the Rockets in the fifth round, 21 players later.   
"We talk if we are in the same city. We might hang out. I don't think we will be doing it this week. Before the game we will give each other a few chirps. Other than that it is all business. We are not really friends on the ice.", Goulbourne added.

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