Megnaificent

Jason, Jaysen, Jaison. Maybe even Jacen.

But I’ve never seen Jayson.

I asked Jayson Megna about the unique spelling of his name Thursday after the Canucks morning skate in Tampa Bay and he said his dad’s name is Jay, and he’s Jay’s son, so his parents literally named him Jayson.

His younger brother, a defenceman with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, is named Jaycob – no need to explain the spelling. His younger sister is Jessica, “but I don’t think they ever considered Jayssica!” laughed Jayson.

Father Jay, a defensive back who played for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints before Jayson was born, surely hoped his athletics genes would pass on to his eldest son and Friday night it was clearer than ever they have.

Jay’s son Jayson put on a show in Tampa Bay scoring two-goals to record the first multi-goal game of his young career. Jayson is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, so not only did he have his best NHL game on home soil, he did it in front of 25 family and friends.

His parents Jay and Jacqueline and sister Jessica were there, as were his girlfriend and her parents and “my cousins and their newborn baby Carter, four aunts, five other cousins, there’s Ryan, Kaitlin, Cameron and Tiffany – do you want me to name them all?”

Can you?

“Probably not, there’s a lot of them!”

Friday, a team day off in Fort Lauderdale, had a handful of Canucks golfing, some shopping and many sleeping, all while Megna visited. His parents live two minutes from the team hotel, so he’s home sweet home. Home cooking, hugs and laughs.

“It’s very special for me. Playing on the west coast you don’t come out here too often, we get very limited appearances out here, so this time with them, it’s great.”

Megna, who was born in Florida but grew up in Chicago, comes home every Christmas, which usually entails two days of travel for one day of visiting. That makes this weekend a bonus, a day off with family before he gets to play in front of them again Saturday when the Canucks face the Panthers.

He’s expecting another big crew, except for those eight unlucky cousins who booked a trip to Disneyworld and are missing out.

If Friday night’s game is any indication, they’ll be missing another sensational effort from Jayson.

*****

Hello from Fort Lauderdale! We’ve heard nothing but bad things about how the weather has been since we left Vancouver, so I won’t mention that our hotel is ocean front and a few of us rented bikes and toured in the sun today.

Oops.

The weather is bad here too though, no jokes. It’s so windy today that a palm tree was uprooted and fell on a tourist on the strip we’re staying on. The street was half shutdown and there were fire trucks and ambulance and everything.

Vancouver or Fort Lauderdale, no matter where you are, keep your head up!

Derek Jory – @NoJoryous

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