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McGinn may be Hurricanes’ most improved player

Brock McGinn has a hockey team headed to the playoffs, just not the one he wanted.

The Carolina Hurricanes forward is a minority owner — along with his father Bob and two hockey-playing brothers, Jamie and Tye — of the Roanoke (Va.) Rail Yard Dawgs. The Southern Professional Hockey League team soon will be competing for the SPHL’s Presidents Cup.

“It’s pretty cool and fun for our family,” McGinn said. “It’s an investment. It shows us the other side of hockey and lets us learn about the business side.”

While all that is interesting for the family, the Hurricanes missing the Stanley Cup playoffs is a downer for McGinn. While he has made noticeable strides with his game individually in his first full NHL season, setting career highs in games played, goals, assists and points, it will hurt to have the playoffs begin and have to watch from afar.

“It’s really disappointing,” McGinn said Wednesday. “I think the expectations this year were really high. I think there were a couple of stretches there where we didn’t get this points we needed. Unfortunately we’re going to miss it this year.”

At one time, the Canes expected to be going into Philadelphia for a meaningful game Thursday against the Flyers. The Flyers (41-26-14), won 4-3 and are close to locking down a playoff spot while the Canes (35-35-11) can do little more than try to finish above NHL-.500 with a final game left against Tampa Bay.

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