The Megnas have been playing with and against each other their whole lives, but last night was their first NHL match-up.
Jaycob Megna, 30, and his San Jose Sharks smoked Jayson Megna, 32, and his Anaheim Ducks 6-1 at Honda Center.
The brothers were able to take a heartwarming photo ahead of the match-up:
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The 6-foot-6 defenseman quipped about this picture with his 6-foot-1 older brother: “I’m a little bit of the outlier, my mom’s got some tall sisters. I got a couple big cousins too. But yeah, he’s a carbon copy of my dad.”
Speaking of their parents, Jaycob shared that they were able to make it from Florida to Anaheim for the culmination of the family dream.
“They’re super-excited,” Jaycob beamed. “Pretty cool experience for everybody involved.”
Jacky and Jay Megna have been in attendance to see their boys face each other since their matchups in the USHL, making last night even more special.
The Megnas skated together at Tabor Academy, a United States’ prep school, in 2008-09. In 2010-11, the brothers faced each other in United States Hockey League action multiple times. Jayson, the older brother, captained the Cedar Rapids Roughriders against Jaycob and the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Jaycob admitted that Jayson had the bragging rights in those match-ups.
The following season, both brothers took their talents to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Undrafted center Jayson put up 13 goals and 31 points 38 NCAA contests, which impressed NHL scouts. The 22-year-old earned a two-year entry-level-contract from the Pittsburgh Penguins and left college to pursue the NHL after one season.
Jaycob, who put up two goals and five points in 35 games from the blue line in his freshman campaign, was selected with the 210th-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft…by the Anaheim Ducks. He would play two more seasons in Omaha before turning to professional hockey.
“Getting to play together in college was really special,” said Jaycob.
Despite racking up plenty of games in both the NHL and AHL over the last nine seasons, the brothers only recently faced each other for the first time in the AHL.
Jaycob was captaining the San Jose Barracuda while Jayson was captaining the Colorado Eagles in a 10-5 Barracuda rout on Dec. 15, 2021.
This first NHL match-up came out of nowhere. Jayson was claimed by the Anaheim Ducks off waivers on Tuesday and debuted for his new club against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.
“To say that it hasn’t been a whirlwind, I’d be lying to you,” said Jayson. “It’s been hectic, but everyone has been super welcoming.
The San Jose Sharks defenseman says that in game, he didn’t really get to reflect on the magnitude of their accomplishment, “You’re just trying to settle in to your game and I’m sure he’s focused on what he’s doing.”
The younger brother also shared, “I don’t even know if that was ever in the thought process when you’re going to play hockey that we (would) both be here one day. It’s just a testament to him. He’s led the way in every league he’s gone to (and) I followed in his footsteps.”
Jayson, however, offered, “We’ve always dreamed about doing that and playing in the NHL. Today was the first time that we did that against each other, so it was pretty special.”
With the Sharks’ 6-1 victory over the Ducks, Jaycob improved to 2-0 against his brother in professional hockey but wasn’t too worried about the bragging rights.
“For us both to be here, it’s pretty cool and it’s something we don’t take for granted.”
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