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November 2013

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BY RYAN SATKOWIAK What's In A Name? Hockey Members Share More Than Just A Love Of The Game With NHL Superstars PATRICK KANE While Brendan Shanahan had the opportunity to meet his namesake, the younger Patrick Kane has only been able to admire the Chicago superstar from afar. BRENDAN SHANAHAN Y outh hockey players beware: One day you could find yourself lining up across the faceoff circle from Patrick Kane or Brendan Shanahan. Or you could find yourself defending against Brett Hull or Ryan Suter. However, they probably won't be as old or tall as you might think. That's because some young hockey players around the nation share more than just a love of the game with current or former NHL players. They also share the same name. 22 NOVEMBER. 2013 There's even a Peyton Manning who plays youth hockey, in of all places, Colorado. Some are merely coincidences; Patrick Kane is an 8-year-old in Massachusetts who was born two years before Chicago's Patrick Kane made his NHL debut. Others like Mario Lemieux, a 19-year old sophomore at St. Joseph's College in Maine, proudly state that their parents named them after their favorite hockey players. "Even when I met all my friends here at school and introduced myself, people would ask me, 'Wow, is that really USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM your name?' and I would say, 'yep,'" said Lemieux, who plays on St. Joseph's club hockey team and coaches youth hockey in the area. With a name much more rare than Ryan Miller or Jack Johnson, Lemieux says he also gets asked if he's related to "Super Mario." While he's not 100 percent certain, Lemieux said if he is related to his namesake, it is "very, very distant." That is a question that also gets posed to Brendan Shanahan, a 14-year old from Harrietta, Mich., a town three and a half hours northwest of Detroit, where PHOTOS BY Getty Images; the Kane, Shanahan, Lemieux and Hull families

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