Allow me to set a scene, one I bet happened in each of your very early histories:
Doctor: “Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Parents of Future WUYS Reader. You’re having a beautiful baby girl.”
Mom and Dad: “Yes!”
Dad quickly adds: “We will never live in Thunder Bay, Ontario.”
Taylor and Tom Pyatt, brothers and fellow NHL players, are among the many reasons why.
Taylor Pyatt has had a rough season in Phoenix, notching only 7 G/9 A. The Coyotes are very much in the playoff race, battling four other teams for the last spots in the West. Through 11 NHL seasons, Taylor has played for the Islanders, Sabres and Canucks before coming to the Coyotes in ’09-’10. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Many of you know the heartbreaking story of Taylor’s fiancee, who was killed in a car wreck in 2009 [link]. He missed about a month of hockey, returned for a brief playoff stint and this his contract in Vancouver was up. He joined the Coyotes that summer. We’re glad to see that Taylor is still playing and hope he gets a solid contract at the end of this season.
Taylor’s definitely a fan favorite in Phoenix… and why not? He looks so much like Chris Pine that I keep expecting him to order Maximum Warp.
Okay, you can have another one.
Little brother Tom Pyatt has a career-high 10 G this season, including the two he scored last night [video]. The Lightning are slipping out of the playoff dreamscape, so this will likely be the crown on Tom’s ’11-’12 season. A recent contract extension keeps him with the Bolts through ’13-’14.
Tom is good friends with fellow Thunder Bay “hide your daughters” native Marc Staal (was in MStaal’s wedding party). His favorite NHL team uniform is the Blackhawks (random yes, but we applaud) [link]. That’s all I could really find. Someone get him on the phone so we can find out how he ask if he likes the roller coasters at Busch Gardens and wants to go to spring training with us.
Tom’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, so you can buy him candy that you fully intend to eat yourself. Maybe you can borrow this hat when you both visit the Great White North.
Check out the video of Tom’s two goals and post-game interview last night.
Someday, Canada’s going to reveal the top-secret scientific research being carried out in Thunder Bay, and they put up a sign by the road: Home of The Perfection Project.Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, tampa bay lightning, Taylor Pyatt, Tom Pyatt