Young Canadian ice hockey centre Christian Kyrou has the perfect role model for the sport in the form of his older brother and St. Louis Blues forward Jordan Kyrou. The 18-year-old Christian, who’s chosen by the Dallas Stars in the second round (No. 50) of the 2022 NHL Draft, hopes watching and learning from the senior Kyrou will help him along his path.
The Toronto native Christian was fourth among Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defensemen with 60 points (18 goals, 42 assists) in 68 games with Erie last season. Moreover, the youngster was voted the Most Underrated Player in the Western Conference in the OHL Coaches Poll at the end of the last season.
“I train with him every day and I skate with him every day, so I know what it’s like to be around pro players and elite hockey,” Christian said, as quoted by NHL.com. “I feel like it helps me. If I can surround myself with pro players, I can become a pro quicker.”
“Christian Kyrou thinks the game a lot better than I do” – Jordan
“He’s super offensive, super smart,” Jordan told the Blues website. “I think he thinks the game a lot better than I do, really. He’s got a great shot, and scored a lot of goals this year. He knows how to find his guys and he can score.”
Jordan, who backed the abilities of his brother, was selected by St. Louis in the second round (No. 35) of the 2016 NHL Draft (he became an NHL regular in the 2020-21 season). The right winger had an NHL-career best of 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 74 games last season. The 24-year-old also went on to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time.
“The big thing you have to know is everyone’s different,” said Neil Graham, coach of Texas of the American Hockey League who worked with Christian at Stars development camp in July. “But having a family member, having relatives that have gone through that, there’s usually some pretty good dialogue that can probably help you not only on the good days but the days where you do feel stuck.”