Sikura is a name we heard a lot of last season while watching IceHogs’ games. Forward Tyler Sikura was the team’s MVP. Now his younger brother Dylan is also on the team and the two couldn’t be happier about that.
Tyler Sikura was third on the IceHogs in points and second in goals scored last season. He was in impact player. The feeling is that Tyler will also be an impact player. As a senior at Northeastern University last season he put up 54 points in 35 games. He ranked third in the NCAA in scoring.
“He’s a super-talented player,” says Tyler of Dylan. “I think he’s offensively very crafty. He’s got a lot of speed. He can beat you with the pass or the shot.”
He is the type of player who could be very effective on the power play. Dylan has a little different style of player than Tyler has.
“He’s more of a two-way guy,” says Dylan of Tyler. “He thinks the game really well. He uses his IQ to his advantage and I’m more of a speedy up-and-down the rink kind of guy with some skills. Maybe if you blended us two together we’d be the perfect player there.”
They’re in the perfect situation as teammates…able to support and encourage each other. Tyler being the older brother by three years takes that role of supporting his brother seriously. “I’m always looking out for him and trying to do the best thing and trying to guide him. It’s going to be no different for right now while we’re together.”
“He’s made the adjustment a lot easier for me,” says Dylan. “Even last year before I even signed with Chicago I was picking his brain because he was down here in Rockford. He knew the players. He knew the staff.”
Dylan did suit up for five games with the Blackhawks at the end of last season. He is high on their list of prospects.
“It was disappointing not to make the team (Blackhawks) out of camp, but like I said it’s nice to be down here and develop your game,” says Dylan. “I think there are some things where I’m ready to jump to the next level, but there are some things I need to work on.”
“I think he’s going to learn a lot over the course of the year,” says Tyler. “I told him when he got sent down this is going to be the best thing that ever happened for him. You obviously want to start playing in the NHL, but if you can take some steps here and show some things and progress then you can step in when you’re really 100 percent confident and not trying to survive.”
The ultimate dream for these two is to one day be teammates with the Blackhawks.
“That’s something that’s been a topic of conversation over the last couple years that we’ve been in the same organization and we can kind of see that path,” says Tyler.
The two of them did suit up for a Blackhawks’ exhibition game in Ottawa.