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October 25, 2013

Avs’ McGinn says little brother on way to NHL

Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche is in his sixth NHL season but said an even better McGinn on the way.

DENVER -- Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche is in his sixth NHL season and has established himself as a solid, dependable, rugged two-way player in the league.

And, he said, there's an even better McGinn on the way.

McGinn's little brother, Brock, was drafted by the Canes in 2012 and plays for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League. The forward was invited to the Canes' preseason training camp and impressed management and the coaching staff with his smarts, willingness to hit and overall toughness.

"Brock doesn't stop working," Jamie said Friday. "He's smaller out there but the way he plays you wouldn't know it. We train together every summer and we push each other and it's a healthy competition between two brothers."

Jamie McGinn, 25, mentioned that Brock, 19, has had surgery on his wrist three times stemming from an injury that occurred in December 2011. But he said the third surgery "really did wonders for him" and made him stronger, noting Brock was "on fire" this season at Guelph, where he's coached by former Canes forward Scott Walker.

McGinn had a hat trick this week against the Kitchener Rangers, giving him 13 goals for the season.

"He's having fun," Jamie said. "He said the NHL training camp really helped him come back to the junior level at a higher pace. He's skating faster and he feels faster out there. Things are slowing down for him and he's more confident with the puck."

Jamie said he watched a replay of a goal Brock recently scored when he came off the wall, went between his legs with the puck and went top shelf.

"That's something we don't practice in the summertime," he said, laughing. "He said he wasn't thinking, that he just did it. When those things happen your game can only go up from there."

Jamie McGinn was drafted by the San Jose Sharks and played for the Sharks before signing with the Avs in July 2012. Another brother, Tye, is 23 was was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers until being reassigned Friday to the AHL.

"My road to the NHL wasn't smooth and neither was Tye's," Jamie said. "You have to turn negatives into positives.

"I think Brock has the most skill of all three of us. I think he's going to run with that."

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