By Ben Leeson, The Sudbury Star – Tyler Bertuzzi is still looking for his first OHL goal.
But his stats are eye-popping, nonetheless.
Bertuzzi, a Sudbury native and a rookie left winger with the Guelph Storm, has 34 penalty minutes in nine games, including six fighting majors.
“I play rough,” said Bertuzzi, 16. “That’s the way I play, I like hitting, and I guess some guys don’t like it, so that’s what hap-p ens. I’m not going to back down.”
Despite standing 5-foot-10 and tipping the scales at 155 pounds, Bertuzzi has shown himself more than capable of handling himself physically.
And he isn’t afraid to say he enjoys that element of the game.
“It’s great, the way the crowd gets into it,” he said.
He hopes the crowd gets into the action tonight, too, when the Storm visits the Sudbury Wolves in a 7:35 p.m. start.
It’s Bertuzzi’s first major junior game at Sudbury Community Arena.
“I’m really excited — beyond excited,” he said. “I always loved to go to Wolves games with all my friends and I paid attention, because I knew I had a chance to play in this league someday. It was my dream to play in this league.”
That dream was realized last spring when Guelph made him its fourth-round choice, 78th overall, in the OHL Priority Selection.
His uncle, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi, also played for the Storm.
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