Brothers Michael and John live out childhood dream with St. John’s IceCaps
Date: Jan 20, 2017
John and Michael McCarron fulfilled a childhood dream and made IceCaps history Wednesday night by suiting up together versus the Utica Comets.
It marked the first time the brothers played together in a professional game and the first time a brother combo dressed in St. John’s IceCaps sweaters. The McCarrons took a circuitous route to the accomplish the feat.
On January 5th, 24 year-old John McCarron signed a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the St. John’s IceCaps. John was in Estero, FL where he had been playing with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
It was a 25°C (77°F) in Estero.
“I actually called him [Mike] first and said, ‘Hey do you have any coats in St. John’s?’” The brothers laughed.
It was near the freezing mark and raining in St. John’s.
Mike, 21, was in Montréal at the time of his brother’s signing, and had taken his coat with him on his recall from the IceCaps.
“I had to go get a coat and a couple pair of pants because I’ve been wearing shorts all year,” John laughed again.
On Monday evening Mike was less than an hour away from his parents and his hometown of Macomb, MI as the Canadiens were in Detroit to take on the Red Wings. Mike never saw action as he was a healthy scratch.
“I went out there and did what I had to do and that’s the way it goes”, Mike said of his re-assignment, “they had guys coming back and I was sent down.”
Although he had missed out on playing close to home while in the NHL, he was content on his reassignment to see another familiar family face.
“I wasn’t able to see him [John] over Christmas so I mean I was happy to be sent down to see my brother.”
John, like many players coming in on PTO’s to the AHL, was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night as Michael returned to the lineup and recorded two assists. John was expecting to sit out again on Wednesday night until head coach Sylvain Lefebvre decided to give the brothers a rare opportunity.
“I didn’t even know I was playing until I got to the rink”, John said. “I don’t have service here, so I didn’t even get to send anybody a text.”
“I mean, it’s not very often you get to do that and it’s their first time ever that they got to do that, said Lefebvre after the brothers played, “it was good for them to get that experience.”