Brothers face off against other for Herder run
Most siblings right now are probably fighting each other over who gets the TV remote.
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Brothers Ryan and Keith Delaney now find themselves on opposing sides competing for a Herder Memorial Trophy.
For brothers Keith and Ryan Delaney, however, the stakes are a little higher.
They're fighting each other for another shot at a Herder Championship.
The North River siblings have won an outstanding three Herder Championships together.
Keith, the elder of the two, is a 6th round draft pick in 1997 by the Florida Panthers. He was drafted when Ryan was just 15 years old.
Over the years the two were either on the same team or in different leagues.
The beginning of the season it was same old same old for the brothers, playing on the same team once again.The brothers were enjoying the presence of each other in the locker room like always.
In an interview with the Packet, Ryan said, "He’s always been a leader on our team; when we played with Harbor Grace he was captain and he was obviously an assistant captain with the Caribous here. He’s the type of guy who's always calm and brings everyone together… he’s the definition of a good leader."
However, the recent trade between the Clarenville Ford Caribous and Corner Brook Royals saw the brothers split up with Keith sent to the Royals.
With a couple of games in the Central West Senior Hockey League (CWSHL) season cancelled due to weather, the first round playoff matchup between Clarenville and Corner Brook last weekend was the first time ever the brothers were opponents.
Ryan has had a great season, collecting 20 points in 21 games, and being a key veteran for the Caribous.
Head Coach Rebecca Russell said, "Well obviously Ryan’s skill level to me is top notch. His offensive ability is something that’s special.
"He’s been around a long time and his experience in the locker room and on the ice has been big for us down the stretch here for the last part of the regular season and into the playoffs. Every night you know even if he’s not on his game he’s going to be working hard and his experience has been good for the younger guys in our locker room”.
After his trade to the Royals Keith hasn't slowed down either.
He's averaged a point a game in the final six games of the regular season and has been gelling exceptionally well with Royals "lights out" point getter Brandon Hynes so far in the playoffs.
Hynes said, "He’s got an impact everywhere, not only on my game or the score sheet.
"He comes in with a lot (of experience) . . . and he backs it up he’s knowledgeable. Goes about his business like a pro; to me he’s the best passer in the league."
However, the impact of the brothers together may have been their greatest asset.
Dustin Russell of the Caribous said, "They've done really well in this league together dating back to the Cee Bees, Grand Falls for a short period of time, and . . . with us they were a good combination."
Whatever the result of this first round matchup between the Royals and the Caribous both brothers agreed they’ll be cheering for the other to win Newfoundland’s greatest hockey accomplishment, the Herder Memorial Trophy.