Dave Hyde: It's a family affair at NHL All-Star Game for Matthew and Brady Tkachuk
Published in Hockey
Is he his brother’s keeper? Matthew Tkachuk looks over at his younger brother, Brady, one NHL All-Star to another, and says, “I was always able to overpower him. I mean, look at him.”
“Hey,’’ Brady says.
“A rail of a human.”
They chuckle Thursday afternoon, Fort Lauderdale Beach at their back, two brothers basking in their shared station in life.
“I’m bullying him now,’’ says Matthew, 25, the Florida Panthers star.
“He dominated me growing up,’’ says Brady, 23, the Ottawa Senators star.
Two brothers. One game. That’s how it’s always been, but on Saturday the Tkachuks play on the same team for the first team, of sorts, as All-Stars for the Eastern Conference. It’s an oddity that strikes them. All the years they’ve played. All the teams they’ve been on.
“This is a first,’’ Matthew says.
They’ll be linemates, even, each saying they feel for the poor soul stuck as the third linemate.
“I’m sure we’ll both be chirping if we don’t get the puck,’’ Brady said. “That’s kind of how we are.”
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