The 2018 World Junior Championship didn’t go as planned for Team USA forward Brady Tkachuk, but he still managed to have a strong tournament. The 18-year-old posted an impressive three goals and six assists in just seven games, and still managed to come away with a bronze medal.
The last name Tkachuk has been around in the hockey world long before Brady even put on a pair of skates. His father Keith enjoyed a Hall of fame caliber career and his brother Matthew represented the Americans just two years ago. Today, he is an important piece of the Calgary Flames’ roster.
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Brady is preparing for his own NHL journey, as many scouts are projecting him to be a top-ten draft pick. A trip to the big leagues would provide him an opportunity to play on the same surface as his brother and potentially drop the mitts with him. When asked what he believed would happen if the two chucked fists, Brady said he wouldn’t hesitate and that his parents both agree he would beat his older brother.
That’s one way of starting some tension within the family.
While Brady has accumulated just 18 penalty minutes in 19 games with Boston University, Matthew has established himself as a bully in the pros. In 115 games, the latter has already earned 143 PIMs in 115 games including 105 as a rookie in the 2016-17 season.
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This inevitable tilt is going to make for one awesome battle. Who do you got?
(H/T Spittin Chiclets)