METHUEN — At first glance, few would guess Dylan Yameen and Nick Yameen are brothers, let alone two thirds of triplets.
“We look nothing alike,” joked Dylan, the more outspoken of the two. “Most people don’t even think we are related.”
The differences only grow greater as they step onto the ice, one a slick-skating, hard hitting defenseman and the other a gritty, grind-it-out forward that relies on toughness.
But since childhood the Yameen brothers have shared an intense passion for hockey, and for the last four years they have each been cornerstones of the Methuen High School hockey program, with both becoming captains this season.
“It seems like there is always a Yameen on the ice for us,” said Rangers coach Denny Egan. “For the past four years they have each been tremendous members of this team, and now they have become not just great hockey players but excellent captains.”
As freshmen three seasons ago, both Yameen brothers won starting jobs on the Methuen hockey team — Nick at forward and Dylan on defense — and ever since they have been stalwarts at those positions.
“It’s been a great run,” said Nick Yameen, who also has a sister named Gabrielle. “We have always loved hockey. We are proud to have played for Methuen for four years, and I love playing with my brother. Whenever one of us gets in trouble, we always know the other one has his back.”
Through six games this season, each Yameen has notched a team-high three goals for the Rangers, who are 2-2-2.
“My wife and I have gotten the greatest enjoyment out of watching them play hockey together,” said father George Yameen. “It’s very emotional that it is coming to an end. They have always supported one another and work together so well on the ice.”