George, a former Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star hockey player at Lawrence High, wasted no time introducing his sons to the ice. Both were skating at 3-years-old, and they were quickly in love with hockey.
“You could tell they loved it and were both very good players,” said George, who also coached his sons through most of their youth careers. “They were always on the top teams. But they were also very different. Dylan was the goal-scorer back then. He is probably the more skilled, quicker player. Nick was a defenseman then. He is a grinder. He is great at forechecking and backchecking and setting players up.”
When the brothers arrived at Methuen High for the 2010-11 season, they immediately impressed Egan and his coaching staff, but with one tweak. Dylan would now be playing defense and Nick would be playing forward.
“We were willing to do whatever coach asked us to make the team better,” said Dylan. “It took some work but it went well. It was great for Nick. He plays the body well. He’s the team’s sparkplug.”
Both were listed on the top line for their first high school game, but for Nick the butterflies were wreaking havoc in his stomach, until the third period of that season-opener.
“In my first game I scored my first varsity goal,” said Nick, who scored four goals and added seven assists that season. “That was when I knew I could compete with this tough competition. It was tough (being a freshman) on varsity, but it was also a lot of fun. Not many have the chance to do that, and we were playing against kids four years older than us. But with skill and a little luck we had good years.”
The following season, the Yameens helped the Rangers to a 10-8-3 record and their first trip to the state tourney in 10 years. Dylan even tallied his first career goal in Methuen’s tourney win over Somerville.