Tanguay: I wish he was on my team

Updated: August 19, 2005, 9:38 AM ET
Associated Press

KELOWNA, British Columbia -- Shane Doan is no stranger to Todd Bertuzzi.

The Phoenix Coyotes forward has had his share of tussles over the years with Bertuzzi, the rugged Vancouver Canucks forward who was recently reinstated to the NHL following a long suspension.

But this week has been a relief for Doan, who found himself on the same line as Bertuzzi during Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp.

"He's a big man,'' Doan said. "You never want to be caught in his tracks.''

Doan and Bertuzzi have played wing on a line centered by Brad Richards of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The unit has worked well together, with Bertuzzi setting up Richards for a goal during Thursday morning's scrimmage.

"I've always enjoyed his (Richards) skill and what he brings out there,'' said Bertuzzi, who was reinstated last week after serving a 17-month suspension for his on-ice attack of former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore.

Alex Tanguay of the Avalanche also spent some time on the line Thursday. It was soon apparent Tanguay held no hard feelings toward Bertuzzi.

"I wish he could be playing in Colorado with me,'' Tanguay said. "He has such a big presence. He can hold onto the puck and slow down the game to his pace. With his size and strength he can play a little bit different game than anybody else.

"It fun to play with a guy like that. It gives you more time to get open and more time to do your thing.''

Doan and Bertuzzi are cut from the same mold. At 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, Doan is an inch shorter and about 30 pounds lighter than Bertuzzi, but he still can deliver crunching hits.

"We're pretty much similar,'' said Bertuzzi, sweat dripping off his bearded face. "We're both strong guys. He's very gifted with the puck and can make the same play down low as myself.''


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