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by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Lucas and Evan Bloodoff are hockey-playing brothers separated by just 18 months and a few feet inside the dressing room at the Coyotes 2009 Rookie Camp.

“We like playing together and living together, so it’s nice to be here with him,” said Evan Bloodoff, the younger of the brothers. “I was pretty happy for him that he got a tryout here.”

The Coyotes selected Evan Bloodoff with the157th pick of this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Lucas Bloodoff is a free agent trying to earn a contract via a professional tryout.

The Bloodoffs are very familiar with having their hockey gear hanging in the same dressing room. The siblings from British Columbia have been teammates with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League for the past several seasons. In fact, Lucas was invited to this camp because Coyotes scouts noticed him while watching his younger brother and forward Colin Long play for Kelowna.

Lucas Bloodoff
While there is a facial resemblance between the Bloodoff brothers and they both play forward, they are different hockey players who have different roles. Evan (5-11, 190 pounds) is known primarily for his skating. Lucas (6-1, 210 pounds) is known for his grit and physical play. Although they support and push each other, rarely are they on the ice at the same time.

“I’m a bigger guy and I like to play a more physical game," Lucas said. "I like to play the body and finish my checks, and keep the game real simple. I take pride in being reliable in the defensive zone."

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney on Monday said he has liked what he has seen from Lucas over the first two days of the rookie camp.

"He’s a guy who has come in here trying to win a contract," Maloney said. "Every drill, he skates to the end of the drill. He just works every shift as if it’s his last."

Evan Bloodoff
Evan Bloodoff did not take the ice on the first two days of camp because of a nagging knee injury he suffered in last season’s WHL playoffs. He still hopes to play this week once team doctors review his latest MRI and sign off on it.

Being limited to the workout room has been somewhat frustrating for Evan Bloodoff, but his goals for this week have not changed.

“I just want to learn as much as I can and make the best impression I can,” he said.

Editor’s note: The rookies will next practice on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Desert Schools Coyotes Center in Peoria.

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