James Robert McGinn IV
Born August 5, 1988 (age 23) in Fergus, Ontario, Canada
Left winger for the Colorado Avalanche
Here’s an almost name twin for our St. Paddy’s MotD! Ginner played his junior hockey career with the Ottawa 67’s, where he led the team in scoring during the 2006-7 season – that happened after the San Jose Sharks drafted him in 2006. When his season with the 67’s was over in 2007, he signed an entry-level contract with the Sharks and played ten games (4 regular, 6 playoff) with the Worchester Sharks. In the offseason of 2008, he had back surgery to alleviate the pain he had from a problem that runs in his family and was hindering his play. He recovered and made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins in October 2008, scoring his first NHL goal in the very next game against the Detroit Red Wings.
After spending three years bouncing between Worchester and San Jose, he made the roster for the 2011-12 season after signing a one-year extension with the Sharks. That season also happened to be his best yet, with 24 points before he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche, along with two prospects, for Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi. But that didn’t stop him – he’s only played 10 games with the Avs, but he already has a point a a game – 7 goals and 3 assists.
Ginner’s younger brothers are also in hockey – Tye was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and plays for the Adirondack Phantoms, while Brock is in the OHL playing for the Guelph Storm and is eligible for this year’s draft. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll see the McGinn brothers playing each other!