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Nov. 30, 2017 — The extra dimension

It hasn’t escaped my notice in recent years that the children of some professional ice hockey players have made the skilled transition to turf. Amongst the best single-season scorers in Pennsylvania history is Kelly Fitzpatrick, who scored 66 goals for Palmyra (Pa.). Her father, Ross, had three 40-goal seasons and raised one Calder Cup in 1988 as a member of the Hershey Bears.

This year, a couple more made immense contributions to winning teams. Annabelle Brodeur of Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) was a major late-season contributor to her side’s Tournament of Champions win, and Taryn Tkachuk of St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.), as a freshman, joined the 30-30 club for goals and assists in a career, helping the Saints win the postseason tournament for St. Louis-area teams.

Both their fathers have had Hall-of-Fame careers on the ice. Annabele Brodeur’s father, Martin, needs little introduction except for the fact that he played on three Stanley Cup teams and won four Vezina Trophies for being the league’s best goalie. He is likely to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in a couple of years.

Taryn Tkachuk’s father, Keith, is one of the highest-scoring Americans in pro hockey history, playing 19 seasons before retiring with the St. Louis Blues. He is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

It will be highly interesting to see how well these two develop as players and as people over the next few years. They’ve got the athletic genes, certainly.



  William Stone wrote @

How about UNC’s Catherine Hayden and her brother a rookie with the Chicago Blackhawk, John Hayden

  Al Mattei wrote @

Boston College has the daughter of a former Flyer, Sarah Hospodar. There’s a lot of them!

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