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Baby Bert carries a big rattle

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury

He stands 5-foot-9 and weights in at about 155 pounds if he got caught in a rainstorm. But Tyler Bertuzzi sure doesn’t play the game like it.

The 17-year-old nephew of former Guelph Storm and current Detroit Red Wings star Todd Bertuzzi has quickly become a fan favourite at the Sleeman Centre, and it’s not the lone assist in nine games that has them raving.

Baby Bert, as he has been known to be called, has been a sparkplug this season, delivering hits and showing a physicality that belies his stature.

“There isn’t a coach in the league that doesn’t love a player like that,” Storm coach Scott Walker said. “He plays with energy, he listens and learns, he goes to all the hard areas of the ice, he plays the game (the way) everybody likes to see it be played.

“He doesn’t know any better. He doesn’t care if you’re an all-star or if you’re 20, ‘If you’ve got the puck, I’m hitting you.’ And some guys don’t like that. Some teams don’t like that. But I want my guys playing hard against everybody.”

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