Their careers took different paths: Josh bounced between the ECHL and AHL while Ben stayed on in Bridgeport until this past summer, when the 32-year-old was looking for a new contract after recording 211 points in 586 AHL games. 

In August, Josh signed with ECHL Norfolk and Ben landed there a couple weeks later after perusing his overseas options. For the first time, it was Ben following Josh after years of the reverse in youth, juniors and college.

Each brings a veteran presence and leadership experience to a team of players whose average age is 25 1/4 years. Ben served as a captain for seven of his 10 AHL seasons and an eighth as an assistant captain. Both brothers wore the “A” or “C” in juniors and college.

The brothers know each other well and enhance each other’s preparation.

“We do a good job bouncing ideas off each other during practice and in games,” Ben added.

Josh, pictured as a Colorado Springs Jr. Tiger, said becoming teammates with brother Ben wasn't a goal going into the summer, but having it happen in Norfolk was a nice benefit. Photo courtesy of the Holmstrom family