Ottawa natives emerging sophomore hockey stars
Marc and Matthieu Methot are from Ottawa – each is an emerging sophomore in the NHL and Canadian Interuniversity Sport – and living proof strong trees are built from strong roots.
"I think our parents deserve almost all of the credit. The way they brought us up and instilled respect and hard-working values," said Marc, 24, a defenceman preparing for his second full NHL season with the Columbus Blue Jackets while younger brother Matthieu, 21, is looking to elevate his game this fall as a second-year left wing with Gee-Gees men's hockey.
Combined the Methots stand 12-and-a-half feet tall and weigh nearly 400 pounds.
The family foundation is Al, a retired Ottawa police staff sergeant, and Betty Methot.
"They brought us up really well," said Matthieu.
"We couldn’t be where we are right now without them."
Marc is treating Matthieu to a trip to Las Vegas this summer.
"I can stand being around him a little more than I used to," said Marc, who scored an overtime winner for the London Knights in the 2005 Memorial Cup against Sidney Crosby's Rimouski leading to the Canadian championship after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL draft.
"It was painful when we were younger," said Marc. "Now he’s like one of my best friends."
Marc laboured for nearly three full seasons with the American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch before settling in to a regular shift, 17 points in 66 NHL regular season games and four playoff games as a Blue Jackets regular last season.
"He's finally grown into an NHL player," said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson.
"Marc's got lots of character and strength as a person."
Matthieu, a six-foot-four forward who stepped on uOttawa ice to play in every situation as a rookie, crossed the street from two years with the junior Ottawa 67s to star with the Gee-Gees, leading all Ontario University Athletics rookies with 18 goals in his first CIS season.
"He can be a difference-maker in a game," said Gee-Gees men's head hockey coach Dave Leger, adding Matthieu will likely get the chance to take his high velocity shot to the professional level once his university career is complete.
"He is a enthusiastic, energetic and modest young guy who makes everyone around him feel comfortable," said Leger.
With a higher than average turnover, Matthieu is already a stand-out on the young Gee-Gees; his older brother looks to fill the same role with the emerging Blue Jackets.
"I have never won a league championship in my life," said Matthieu.