FRASER, Mich. – Philadelphia may be known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” but that moniker could also apply to Fraser.
This season, Jason Newel and Evan Newel, brothers from Canton, Mich., play for the Metro Jets of the North American 3 Hockey League.
Jason, 20, is in his third season with the team, while Evan, 18, is a rookie. Both are forwards.
“It’s been a very cool experience to be on the same team as my brother,” Evan said. “He helped me ease my way into junior hockey and made it all the more fun. He is a good role model for me on this team because he knows what it takes to be a good player and a good teammate. With him being around to give me pointers and tips on how to adjust to juniors, it made the adjustment really easy.”
“This season has been great so far and an awesome experience playing my last year of juniors with my brother,” added Jason. “I told Evan that he has to always put in maximum effort and buy into the process.”
It’s also the first time the two have played on the same team since the 2013-14 season at Salem High School when Jason was a senior and Evan a sophomore.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville loves what each Newel brings to the table for the Jets.
“Both guys bring unique abilities to the lineup,” said Quenneville. “Jason is a big body who has really developed over the last two seasons and contributed in many ways. Evan, on the other hand, is a cerebral player who has transitioned really well coming from high school hockey. They are both good kids who bring a lot to the team and the players see it, too.”
And with the season the Jets are having, both brothers are soaking it all in.
“The mood around the guys this season has been good overall,” said Evan. “Sometimes, guys get mad at each other, but in the end, we all love each other to death.”
“The mood in the locker room is definitely very confident, but at the same time, every day we show up at the rink, everyone competes and works hard not just so it will show in games, but because we all love the game,” Jason said.
While the older Newel ages out of junior hockey after this season, the younger Newel has two more years of junior eligibility.
“My goal is to play NCAA Division III hockey next year and continue my playing career while getting an education,” said Jason. “My short-term goals are to finally win a Silver Cup and keep our undefeated streak going.”
“My goal is to get an education and play college hockey and continue to work for those opportunities at the next level,” said Evan.