Kirsty Budd, Guelph Storm Staff
This summer GuelphStorm.com is catching up with the Storm’s latest prospects from across Ontario to find out a little bit more about them. We’re asking them everything from how they felt about being drafted to the Storm to what their summer plans are. Read on to learn more about the Storm’s potential next generation.
When he was younger, Brock McGinn used to sit in the arena watching the Guelph Storm, dreaming of playing for them one day.
That day could be just around the corner for McGinn as he was Guelph’s third draft pick in this year’s OHL Priority Selection. “My family had season’s tickets for the Storm and we came to almost every game, it’s awesome to be a part of the organization now,” he said.
McGinn recalls watching the draft with his parents and grandparents and said it was very overwhelming. “It was just a great feeling, the phone was ringing off the hook all night.”
McGinn has two older brothers who have also gone through the OHL and he looks to them for advice and inspiration. “My brothers have helped me through any tough times, we work out together and play together,” he said. “In the winter we always had an outdoor rink in our backyard and you could always find us out there shooting the puck around.”
He also credits his parents with giving him good life advice: “Never give up”.
“My one brother didn’t get drafted to the NHL for two years and just as he was about to give up this year, he was drafted by the Flyers. It’s reminded me of why you should never stop trying and believing.”
This summer McGinn will be training with both brothers in Mississauga going through various drills, while visiting his older brother’s cottage on the weekends.
McGinn believes his strengths are his physical play and his ability to create space for his linemates and score goals. This summer he hopes to work on getting bigger and stronger as well his skating and stick handling.
“My number one priority this summer is to make Guelph. I want to play as much as possible and put up a lot of points,” he said. “I love the game and I’ve been playing it for as long as I can remember.”
Q and A with Brock
Favourite NHL Team? Montreal Canadiens
Favourite NHL player? Guillaume Latendresse
Favourite drill during practice? Any shooting drills
Favourite pre-game meal? Mom’s pasta and chicken
Hockey nickname? Ginner
Favourite colour? red
Favourite car? An orange mustang
If you signed a big NHL contract tomorrow what would your first purchase be? That orange mustang
Most embarrassing hockey moment? When I was younger I’d forget to take off my skate guards and just bail on the ice, it happened a few times
Who would play you if they made a movie about your life? Will Ferrell