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by Jamie McGinn / San Jose Sharks
I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for the holidays. Some teammates and I were able to get a bit of Christmas shopping taken care of while on the last road trip. We don’t have a lot of time at home, so whenever we get the opportunity get the shopping out of the way, we have to do that. It will be good to surprise the family and give gifts. It’s nice to get gifts for the people who have always taken care of you.

It’s too bad that I wasn’t able to meet up with my brothers in Canada, but they are busy working on their hockey careers. I’m pretty proud of them.

Gatineau took Tye in and gave him some playing time and he really hasn’t looked back from there. He had a great season his first year. Then in his second year he did even better and was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Flyers. This year he is there as an over age player and seems to be doing real well and having fun.

It’s interesting because he’s had a similar history as Ryane Clowe; he wasn’t wanted with his first junior team, then found a home and ended up getting drafted in the NHL. He’s a similar kind of player to Clowe as well. He’s 6’3” and has the size advantage on me and can definitely stickhandle himself through a maze. He has the scoring touch, but if anyone steps out of line with his teammates, he’s definitely the first one to get in there and drop his gloves.

Brock is the youngest brother. He is in Guelph, which is still a five or six hour trip from where we were on the last trip. He’s the smaller brother of us three, but he may hit the hardest. He got in his first OHL fight recently and was all excited about that. He came out of it with a clean face, so that’s always a positive.

We are definitely a hockey family, but that doesn’t make us much different from a lot of people in Canada.

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