An interested observer of today's proceedings is watching the game from a slightly different vantage point than he might have a few years ago.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning
owner Oren Koules is watching the action, keying in on his son, Miles Koules.
"It's a little different," he told NHL.com. "Being a father, I think I'm more nervous now than being at NHL games."
Miles, a 5-foot-10.25, 189-pound right wing, will play with the U.S. National Team Development Program's under-18 team this season. With the under-17 team last season, he had 14 goals and 12 assists in 42 games.
"I think he's got great vision," said Oren. "Great patience, good hands. He's a lot better than I was, that's for sure."
Dad played for six different teams in three seasons in the Western Hockey League (1979-82), and played one season of minor-league hockey before going on to Hollywood, where he's best known as the producer of the "Saw" movie franchise.
His best hockey season was 1980-81, when he had 28 goals in 67 games for the Spokane Flyers.
While Oren said the WHL worked for him, Miles is going to take the college route.
"He committed to North Dakota last year," Oren said. "He's pretty excited. He's supposed to enter next summer."
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