Owen Tippett was 16 years old when he got the same tattoo as his older sister. Joscelin was 18. The two siblings, best friends pulled apart for a time, ventured to the parlour together and etched their bond in permanent ink. I hope your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. The choice lyric from “My Wish,” an achingly optimistic 2006 song from country group Rascal Flatts, serves as a forever memento of family. As their parents were in the midst of a divorce and Owen’s hockey dreams were becoming increasing livid, Owen moved with his mother, Tracy, to Toronto for Grade 7. Joscelin stayed in Peterborough, Ont., with Dad. “It was an excruciating decision,” Sportsnet’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman described in his long-form feature on the prospect’s tumultuous upbringing. Wednesday, at BioSteel Camp in Toronto, Tippett raises the inside of a rather prodigious right biceps and pulls back what little sleeve exists on his white tank top. “We’ve had a close relationship ever since we were young, so if we do go a couple weeks or months without seeing each other, it’s something to remind us of each other,” Tippett says. “My family, they’ve always been there for me.” Tippett is now 18, and his dream — the big one — is near enough to touch. The Florida Panthers drafted 10th overall what several scouts consider the best pure shooter in the Class of 2017, inked him to an entry-level contract last month, and are eager for him to swipe a lineup spot this fall.
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