Former Grizzlies’ den members: The Fitzgerald brothers


(This article was originally published on Mar. 14, 2021)

When looking at Victoria Grizzlies alumni, the Fitzgerald brothers stand out. They stand out for their skill and because they’re unique. The brothers are identical triplets who played for Victoria from 2012-14.

Aside from putting up impressive points totals, the brothers were members of the team’s 2014 playoff run. That season saw the Grizzlies win the Island Division playoffs and make the round-robin final.

While the brothers’ pro careers went in different directions, they played together for many years. They even played NCAA hockey together before going on separate paths.

With this article, I want to highlight how their hockey journeys are similar but also different. I also want to mention an interesting thing about the Fitzgeralds, something that makes them unique compared to the other pairs of brothers who have played for the Grizzlies.

And that something is that the brothers are actually former child actors. They were in the films Baby Geniuses and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.

In Baby Geniuses, they played the roles of twins Sylvester and Whit. In the film Baby Geniuses 2, they played the roles of Kahuna and baby Kahuna.

The first Baby Geniuses film stars Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, and Kim Cattrall. The second film stars Jon Voight and Scott Baio.

Before coming to Victoria

While playing together most of their lives, the Fitzgerald brothers didn’t actually enter the BC Hockey League together. It was a few seasons before they even played on the same team. Their first season in the BCHL was as affiliate players 2009-10.

Leo and Myles started as APs with the Nanaimo Clippers. Gerry was an affiliate with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The brothers’ first full season in the BCHL was as 17-year-olds in 2010-11. By then, all three were recruited to be regulars with the Clippers.

That first season, Leo had seven goals and 12 assists in 52 games. Meanwhile, Gerry had eight goals and 19 assists in 60 games. Myles had ten goals and 11 assists in 60 games.

In August 2011, all three brothers and defenseman Jesse Ursic were traded to Prince George for forward Trevor Fitzgerald and defencemen Josh Bryan and Scott Milnthorp.

While in Prince George during the 2011-12 season, Leo had 15 goals and 19 assists in 60 games. Meanwhile, Gerry had 17 goals and 22 assists in 58 games. Myles had 20 goals and 20 assists in 59 games.

A move to the provincial capital

All three brothers arrived in Victoria via trade from the Spruce Kings ahead of the 2012-13 season. Prince George got forwards Coltyn Hansen and Cam Lawson, defenseman David London and future considerations in return.

When the triplets got to Victoria, their offensive numbers drastically took off. Their offense helped propel the Grizzlies to deep playoff runs in 2013 and 2014.

In 52 games, Leo had 26 goals and 24 assists. In 41 games, Gerry had 23 goals and 18 assists. Meanwhile, Myles had 30 goals and 41 assists in 52 games.

During the 2013-14 season, all three brothers were part of the Grizzlies playoff run. For those playoffs, the winners of each division played a round-robin tournament and it determined the Fred Page Cup finalists.

Playing only 17 regular season games due to a groin injury, Leo finished with six goals and nine assists. Meanwhile, Gerry exploded for 35 goals and 46 assists in 51 regular-season games. Myles had a respectable 27 goals and 56 assists in 58 games.

During the playoffs, the brothers played 16 games. Leo had nine goals and five assists,  Gerry had four goals and 19 assists, and Myles had seven goals and 10 assists.

A trio of Bemidji State Beavers

The three brothers continued to play together into their college years. All three went to Bemidji State University in Minnesota and after arriving in the NCAA, they didn’t dominate offensively like they had in previous years.

In four seasons at Bemidji State, Leo played 126 games and posted 12 goals and 30 assists.

As for Gerry, he played 139 games in four seasons, scoring 41 goals and 54 assists.  Meanwhile, Myles played 114 games in four seasons and put up 23 goals and 46 assists.

After wrapping up his final year at Bemidji State, Leo signed with played three games for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. In those three games, he scored one goal and three assists.

Afterwards, Leo went to Europe and joined Ferencvarosi TC in Erst Liga for the 2018-19 season. While there, he scored six goals and nine assists in 11 games.

Meanwhile, Gerry went to the AHL and joined the Iowa Wild at the conclusion of the 2017-18 NCAA season. In 83 games with the Wild that season and next, he scored a total of 16 goals and 11 assists.

Prior to the 2019-20 season, Gerry signed an AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He played 40 games for the Phantoms as well as two games for the ECHL’s Reading Royals. Gerry was scoreless in the ECHL but had seven goals and four assists in the American League.

Gerry and Myles join Leo across the Atlantic

For this season, Gerry joined Vasterviks IK of Hockey Allsvenskan, which is the second tier of professional hockey in Sweden. He scored seven goals and 10 assists in 23 games.

Meanwhile, Myles joined Leo in Hungary for the 2018-19 season. He played 41 games over the course of a season and a half with Ferencvarosi TC and scored 24 goals and 22 assists.

After starting the 2019-20 season with Ferencvárosi TC, Myles played for two different German teams. First, he joined the Ravensburg Towerstars before leaving for the Bietigheim Steelers. In 16 games in DEL2 with Ravensburg and Bietigheim, Myles had seven goals and nine assists.

Before the 2020-21 season, Myles joined the ECDC Memmingen Indians of Oberliga, the third tier of pro hockey in Germany. In a dozen games, Myles has eleven goals and four assists.