Chiefs miss out on Tambellini brother

Chilliwack Chiefs
BCHL

Graeme Corbett

Black Press

 

The hockey pedigree is undeniable, but Adam Tambellini isn’t about to ride the coattails of his family name, nor is he about to follow in the footsteps of his big brother.

The son of Edmonton Oilers  general manager Steve Tambellini, and younger brother of ex-Chilliwack Chiefs forward Jeff, Adam is intent on forging his own identity as he pursues his dream of becoming a pro.

“It’s kind of good to have sometimes, but I don’t like to use it to my advantage. I’m just like any other player in the league,” shrugged the 1994-born centre.

Tambellini has already shown he can handle himself in big-pressure situations.

He recorded a hat trick to help the Edmonton SSAC Athletics ground the Saskatoon Contacts 3-2 in the gold-medal game of the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in January.

He finished the tourney with four goals and five assists in seven games.

“I don’t think you can ask for any better situation than that. In the Mac’s tournament, that was probably the best game of my life and I’m glad I got to do it on that stage,” said Tambellini.

The Vernon Vipers are hoping the six-foot-one centre (he is already two inches taller than Jeff) will bring some of that scoring savvy when he joins the organization for the coming season.

“He wants to make his own name for himself. He played for a pretty good team, but he was instrumental in their success,” said Vipers’ assistant coach Jason Williamson.

Tambellini, a cousin of fellow Viper Aaron Hadley, compiled 29 goals and 25 assists for 54 points in 34 games with the Athletics, and was a constant threat on their powerplay.

Listed by the WHL Portland Winterhawks and sought after by several other junior clubs (Steve is close friends with Harvey Smyl of the Chiefs), Tambellini opted to follow the scholarship route.

“I saw what my brother did in going to Michigan (NCAA Division 1 Wolverines) and it seemed to work out pretty good. He’s been playing in the NHL for six years now so I thought that was a pretty good road for me.”

Incidentally, Jeff, playing with the Chiefs, and Williamson, as captain of the Vipers, battled one another in the 2001-02 Fred Page Cup finals.

Chilliwack won the best-of-seven series and advanced to the Royal Bank Cup.

More recently, Tambellini watched Jeff play for another cup… as in the Stanley Cup.

“It was pretty surreal to watch (Canucks vs Bruins). We got to go down for Games 5 and 7. Game 7 was quite the experience. I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Tambellini, who has always received pragmatic hockey advice from his big brother.

“All the time he was developing, he was telling me to just get out there and play the game and don’t worry about anything else.”

Jeff has since left the NHL to sign in Europe.

Just Posted

First court date in Chilliwack for man accused of murdering Belgian tourist

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance Wednesday

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

Public to get access to ‘detailed listing of expenditures’ incurred by council every year

Newly amended Council Remuneration and Expense Bylaw given three readings and approved Sept. 19

Chilliwack man charged in 2017 drug bust pleads guilty, released on time served

Second accused still faces numerous trafficking and weapons charges

Barn fire closes Prairie Central Road

Fire quickly brought under control

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

‘Little Feet’ book documents B.C. woman’s horrific 2001 accident

Heather Williams has documented the two profound stages beforeand after the accident

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

B.C. co-op develops tech to help prevent ODs, especially for alone users

Brave Technology has been awarded $200,000 in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Recent jump in U.S. butter imports? All smooth, says Canadian dairy farmers

U.S. farmers recently enjoyed extra access to the Canadian market

Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to start testing soon: Brison

Testing of prototypes to replace troubled federal pay system will begin within weeks

Nanaimo’s Tilray Inc. briefly the world’s largest cannabis company

The company, only listed in the US, nearly reached $300 in afternoon trading on Wednesday

Most Read