TAMPA When Nelson Pyatt built his three sons a hockey rink in the back yard of their Thunder Bay, Ontario, home, he never envisioned two of them would follow in his NHL footsteps.

But it was on that 70 feet by 40 feet sheet of ice, surrounded by boards, where Lightning center Tom Pyatt learned the value of toughness and tenacity, helping make him the relentless third-liner and penalty killer he is today.

His older and bigger brothers, Jesse, 34, and Taylor, 31 (a Rangers forward), wouldn't give the tinier Tom, 25, much mercy.

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