James Michael McBain
Born February 25, 1988 (age 24) in Edina, Minnesota, USA
Defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes
With a name like McBain, Jamie might be a good choice for spotlighting on St. Patrick’s Day. He came up through the US National Team Development Program, much like many other American-born Men of the Day, and started with the University of Wisconsin in 2006. That same year, he was drafted by Carolina. After three seasons in Wisconsin, where he scored 79 points over those three seasons, he got on with Carolina on a three-year entry-level contract. First he spent time honing his game with Carolina’s old AHL club the Albany River Rats, but in 2009-10 he also played 14 games with the parent club. During that stint, he scored his very first NHL goal…with one second left in overtime. Seriously.
At the start of last season, his rookie campaign in Raleigh, he swapped numbers from 28 to 4. He also played 76 games and scored 30 points while spending just over half an hour in the sin bin. He’s also represented America twice in the international sphere: World Juniors 2007 and 2008, getting a bronze in 2007. McBain even has his own sandwich at Harris Teeter, a grocery store in the Raleigh area. (They used to have a lot of Harris Teeters in Atlanta, too, but they seem to have disappeared.)
It has turkey and ham with banana peppers, green peppers, pickles, lettuce and chipotle sauce on a wheat sub roll, all for $3.99. Aside from the peppers, that actually sounds really good…