Stajan, Colaiacovo, Matthias practice with 11-year-olds

The lockout has produced plenty of discouraging news, so here’s something a bit more positive: three locked-out NHL players decided to spend some time practicing with the triple-A Mississauga Senators on Tuesday, according to the National Post.

Carlo Colaiacovo, Shawn Matthias, and Matt Stajan were involved in drills and engaged in a scrimmage with the 11-year-olds.

Stajan used to play under Rutledge and the coach’s kid, Tyler is now part of the Mississauga Senators.

“Lockout has been a bonus,” Senators coach Kevin Rutledge said. He added, “I mean, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take the coach’s hat off and put your father’s hat on — it’s pretty cool.”

Stajan and Tyler were caught up in a race for the puck during the practice. Stajan won it by picking up Tyler and putting him down away from the boards. Tyler tried to respond by checking the NHLer, but naturally it didn’t faze Stajan.

The event was also viewed by a stunned group of younger kids from other teams.

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