CLAN-DO ATTITUDE: Beukeboom is keen to retain his place in Canada's team after making his World Cup debut against Ireland
LEEDS, 21 Sept - One of Brett Beukeboom's earliest memories is of relatives drinking champagne out of ice hockey's Stanley Cup after his uncle Jeff brought home the trophy for the fourth time as a player.
But a family with an exemplary pedigree in Canada's most popular sport - his father was also a professional player - is forging a new dynasty off the ice thanks to the exploits of lock Beukeboom and his cousin Tyson, a beaten finalist in last year's women's Rugby World Cup.
"As soon as I could walk they strapped skates on to my feet," said Beukeboom, 25, of his family's initial efforts to see if they had produced another NHL star.
"Rugby was just something to play in the off-season, in the summer. But I was no good at ice hockey and my family have never pressured any of us to play a particular sport. We were allowed to play the one we liked."
That non-pushy policy has paid off for Beukeboom and his 24-year-old cousin, daughter of Jeff Beukeboom who lifted the Stanley Cup three times with the Edmonton Oilers between 1987 and 1990, and once with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Beukeboom, who plays his club rugby in England with the Cornish Pirates,played the full 80 minutes of his World Cup debut in the 50-7 defeat by Ireland, and is hoping to be asked to keep Italy's forwards busy in their next Pool D match at Elland Road on Saturday: "Italy are a strong team obviously - they're in the Six Nations - but we're looking to put in a performance that will hopefully lead to a win."
And had he received any useful tips on competing at the highest level from his uncle Jeff?
"No, not really. He's kinda busy coaching at the moment," said Beukeboom.
Sometimes ice hockey just has to come first.