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Jan. 14, 2005


by Brian Coe

Brian Ihnacak has some pretty good bloodlines when it comes to the National Hockey League. The Brown University sophomore is the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Peter Ihnacak, who recorded 102 goals and 267 points in 417 NHL games. His uncle, Miroslav, skated with both the Leafs and Detroit Red Wings during the 1980s, and is still suting up with Poprad in his native Slovakia today at the age of 42.

"I don't remember too much of my uncle or my father playing, except when they played in Europe after their NHL careers," said Ihnacak, the Penguins' ninth round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft. "But I guess it's always been meant for me to be a hockey player. It's something I've been around all my life."

And while all three come from the same family, the youngest Ihnacak is looking to make it on his own in the NHL.

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