DENVER -- Jamie and Tye McGinn spent plenty of hours as children playing hockey in the backyard of their home in Fergus, Ontario, while hoping for the chance to make it as professionals.
They realized that dream and will play against each other for the first time since then Tuesday at Pepsi Center when Jamie's Colorado Avalanche face off against Tye's San Jose Sharks.
"It's one that was marked on the calendar," said Jamie, 26, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound left wing. "It'll be very exciting. We have our family here, so we're super excited, but I also have to focus on playing tonight, and playing hard."
Jamie, Tye, their parents, maternal grandparents and an aunt will be in attendance after having a family dinner Monday night.
"We were just enjoying the time," said Tye, 24, a 6-2, 205-pound left wing. "We don't get to spend too much together unless it's the offseason. Playing in the backyard was fun and this is going to be pretty special."