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DENVER – For the first time in their lives, brothers Jamie and Tye McGinn will face one another in organized competition when the Avalanche host the Sharks at Pepsi Center on Tuesday night.
The parents will be at the game, and even the grandparents on his mother’s side made the trip from Ontario.
“These games are always marked on the calendar, and now there’s more of a special reason,” Jamie said on Tuesday morning. “I hope Tye gets a chance to play tonight. It’ll be very exciting. I have my family here. We’re excited, but I also have to focus on getting the win tonight, play hard and getting the two points.”
Tye will, in fact, be in the lineup, taking the place of the suspended John Scott. He’s still looking for his first goal in a Sharks uniform, with a pair of assists in seven games.
Jamie has established himself with the Avalanche organization after the Sharks traded him in a decidedly one-sided deal for Colorado in 2012. A second-round pick of the Sharks in 2006, Jamie has three goals and one assist in nine games, and signed a two-year, $5.9 million contract extension in the offseason.
Jamie, 26, was asked what went through his head when his 24-year-old brother was dealt from Philadelphia to San Jose in the offseason.
“I tried to help him out as much as I could with the people and the area and where to live and stuff like that. He was excited that San Jose wanted to trade for him and give him a chance,” Jamie said.
Like his older brother, it hasn’t been a silky-smooth ride to the NHL for Tye, who couldn’t stick with the Flyers and has his work cut out for him to remain in San Jose, too.
Fortunately, he’s been able to lean on his older brother’s shoulder when times have gotten tough.
“Jamie was everything to me,” Tye said. “When I was kind of going through some dark times in my hockey career, Jamie was there to support me and help me through it. It was something I’ll never forget, and I appreciate it very much.”
And if they happen to be on the ice together on Tuesday night?
“It’s still a game, and both teams are still trying to win,” Tye said.