Volume 92, Issue 39

Thursday, November 12, 1998

not too late to reconsider football too


Hare brothers playing identical

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I CAN'T TELL THEM APART, CAN YOU? Kevin Hare (22) and his twin brother Chris (below) do a lot of things together, including, making a huge impact in their first season with the Mustangs.

By John Dinner

Gazette Staff

Two's company for Kevin and Chris Hare – twins on the Mustang hockey team.

The duo have been through years of ice battles together and now find themselves suiting up for Western, both in their rookie season.

Growing up and playing in London, the brothers always thought about playing hockey for Western but were set on playing at Waterloo once their careers in Strathroy (just outside London) with the Junior B Strathroy Rockets were over. That is, until they received a call from Mustang head coach Barry Martinelli.

"We knew about Western's program but we were pretty decided on Waterloo. Then Barry contacted us," Chris said. "He took us on a tour of the campus and told us about the hockey team and we saw it as a chance to stay home and play in a winning hockey program."

The twins grew up playing together on the same teams and same lines and have now brought their cohesiveness to Western.

"They are definitely an interesting pair," Martinelli commented. "They think alike, play alike and do so many things the same. If one didn't shoot right and the other left, we would never be able to tell them a part."

Knowing where each other are and what they are going to do on the ice at all times have allowed these two first-year students to make an immediate impact with the 'Stangs early in the hockey season.

"We bring a winning, positive attitude to the team – we really hate to lose," Kevin said. "We like to work hard and when the flow of the game seems to be moving away from us, [the coaching staff] likes to put us out there to get back the momentum."

Priding themselves on their hard work, the Hare brothers, both five foot 10 and 180 pounds, don't let their relatively small size discourage their physical play.

"They compete every shift. They want to excel and they want to win," Martinelli said. "They win a lot of battles that most wouldn't. If the average player wins seven of 10 battles along the boards, they win nine and are pissed off about the one they lost."

This aggressive style of play has resulted in Martinelli pairing the two brothers with fourth-year right-winger Todd Bradley, forming a line which has some calling them the Hare triplets.

"We're all exactly the same kind of players," Chris said. "We're not the fastest players but we're grinders that can make things happen around the net. We've adapted well playing together."

The line, with Kevin centering and Chris playing on the left wing, has become one of Western's most reliable weapons, both defensively and offensively. When the team is in need of a boost, the call often goes out to these three to go and create havoc in the offensive end.

"We work well together and I think we create a lot of opportunities for each other," Bradley said. "They help out my style and I think we're just going to keep feeding off each other and get better as the year goes on."

The 'Stangs will be relying on the physical presence of this line as they head into action tomorrow night against another division foe in Waterloo.

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