When ASU hockey successfully recruited Steenn Pasichnuk, a junior hockey player in Alberta, Canada, they wound up with more than they anticipated.

Brinson Pasichnuk, Steenn’s younger brother by two years and teammate with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, had already committed to the University of Vermont. He later changed his mind, electing to seek out a school where both he and his brother could play.

“We went after those guys hard. They’re just two guys that wanted to go somewhere together,” ASU hockey head coach Greg Powers said. “They wanted to build something and be a part of something special. It was a natural fit, and it took one phone call with me and they committed. They really want to be here, and they can see it in their everyday effort.”

The future remains uncertain for the pair, but they’ll have time to think about it; Brinson and Steenn are both freshman, the former a defenseman and the latter a forward, with several years of collegiate hockey ahead of them.

They’re yet another example of family ties in hockey, a trend exemplified by an NHL full of Staal brothers and a Vancouver Canucks team that features the Sedin twins.

On Tuesday, Brinson and Steenn talked with The State Press to pull the curtain back on the life of two siblings in NCAA hockey:

ML: Brinson, Coach Powers told me yesterday you were committed to Vermont first before committing to ASU?

Brinson: Yeah, I committed at the start of last year. But then I thought about it, I wanted to play college hockey with my brother, since I was playing junior with him already. I thought there was a good chance we could do that. So I told Vermont, ‘Listen, here’s my situation,’ and they never went for Steenn or anything. So I de-committed there, and we just found the best fit for us. We’re pumped up we’re here.

ML: Steenn, what was the recruiting process like for you?

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