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Keegan Bradley and Graham DeLaet are in the midst of a hockey-inspired feud

By Sam Weinman

Keegan Bradley and Graham DeLaet will be on opposite sides of the golf course when they play Thursday in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which is probably a good thing when considering they'll also be on opposite sides of Wednesday night's Game 7 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

In the build-up to the game between the two NHL rivals, the pair have been jousting at one another during a practice round at the Byron Nelson. When Bradley, a Vermont native and unabashed fan of all things Boston, decorated his golf ball with a Bruins theme, the Canadian DeLaet felt the need to respond (this via his caddie and fellow Canadian Julien Trudeau).

Then came a subtle message from DeLaet left for Bradley on the tee box.

We should point out that Bradley has been the more consistent one with his allegiances. DeLaet is actually from Saskatechewan and told Golf Digest recently he's a bigger fan of the Calgary Flames. But in deference to Trudeau, his Quebec-born caddie, and the fact that Montreal is the lone remaining Canadian team in the playoffs, he has a new rooting interest.

"Graham is a Flames fan, doesn't necessarily root for Montreal," Trudeau told us via email. "But he will because his caddie is a fan!!!"

A Canadian team hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1993. Bradley's hope is for that streak to continue.

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