This might be the most entertaining thing to happen to college hockey since … well, maybe ever.
In Canada, a group of triplets committed together to attend Bemidji State, the small state university in rural Minnesota. While a simultaneous commitment of any triplets would be a notable moment in prep sports, these aren’t any ordinary teenaged triplets. No, they’re the Fitzgerald triplets, the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen-style stars of the 1999 film "Baby Genuises,"
As posted by the Victoria Grizzlies, the Tier II British Columbia Hockey League team (and brought to Prep Rally’s attention by Deadspin), Myles, Leo and Gerry Fitzgerald committed together to play at Bemidji State. The scholarship announcement was likely the first time that the entire trio made headlines together since they were wearing diapers in a thoroughly awful B-movie starring Dom Delouise and a pre-'Sex in the City' Kim Cattrall.
The triplets made it perfectly clear that they were dead-set on attending school together, an opportunity which Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore was happy to provide for the trio.
"We are so excited to know we have the opportunity to advance our play at the next level for four years!” the Fitzgeralds released in a statement to the Victoria Grizzlies web site … together of course.
“To remain together is fantastic.”
The Fitzgeralds might be the most set of three brothers to play college hockey together, but they aren't the first; as Steve McAllister, the Managing Editor of Yahoo! Canada Sports pointed out, Dominic, Steve and Mark Moore all grew up playing hockey together in Thornhill, Ontario before eventually matriculating to Harvard.
While a Slapshot-style marketing campaign could have played into Serratore’s interest in the trio, there’s also plenty of proof that all three Fitzgeralds deserved a scholarship.
Still a year away from arriving in Bemidji, the brothers were already the top three scorers for the Grizzlies in the 2011-12 season.
Now they’ll try to replicate that success in Minnesota, with or without madcap hijinks from the likes of Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd follow.