Brothers in the NHL

*Article updated Sep. 2023
**Archive was originally written by Shaun Filippelli

With over 100 years of history, the NHL has seen its share of sibling rivalries hit the ice. In some cases, those from the same bloodline have even played alongside one another. While there has been a plethora of family connections throughout every era of the league, this database will focus on the brothers who are active in today’s game.

Quinn Jack Hughes, Brady Matthew Tkachuk, Chris Brandon Tanev Brothers in the NHL
Quinn Jack Hughes, Brady Matthew Tkachuk, Chris Brandon Tanev (The Hockey Writers)

Beyond this simply being a list of NHLers who grew up in the same household, it’s a deeper dive into their unique connections and differences. From their major influences, junior years, international representation, current city, and everything in between.

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So, which set of siblings is next to join the likes of the Richards, Hulls, and Sutters? Time will tell. For now, though, this is your go-to for all you need to know about the brothers you can expect to be cheering for or against throughout 2023-24.

Table of Contents

  1. Joey & Mikey Anderson
  2. Morgan & Justin Barron
  3. Jesper & Adam Boqvist
  4. Kirby & Colton Dach
  5. Hayden & Cale Fleury
  6. Nick & Marcus Foligno
  7. Cal & Nolan Foote
  8. Quinn, Jack & Luke Hughes
  9. Ryan & Lucas Johansen
  10. Seth & Caleb Jones
  11. Mathieu & Pierre-Olivier Joseph
  12. Charlie & Ryan Lindgren
  13. Michael & Ryan McLeod
  14. William & Alexander Nylander
  15. Darren & Taylor Raddysh
  16. Jason & Nick Robertson
  17. Luke & Brayden Schenn
  18. Brendan & Reilly Smith
  19. Marc & Jordan Staal
  20. Riley & Chase Stillman
  21. Ryan & Dylan Strome
  22. Chris & Brandon Tanev
  23. Tage & Tyce Thompson
  24. Matthew & Brady Tkachuk
  25. James & Trevor van Riemsdyk

Joey & Mikey Anderson

Growing up in Minnesota, the State of Hockey, it’s no wonder Joey and Mikey Anderson chose the career paths that they did. With less than a full calendar year between their birthdays, it should come as no surprise that they’ve experienced extremely similar circumstances thus far.

Mikey Anderson Los Angeles Kings
Mikey Anderson, Los Angeles Kings (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Both spent some time playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL), but with only one year of cross-over and on different clubs throughout. Joey was part of the National U18 team and Mikey played for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Again, with only one year of shared time, the brothers found their way into the same locker room at the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) of the NCAA.

With an added year of development, Joey was both drafted and turned pro a full season prior to Mikey. Mikey, a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2017, spent most of 2019-20 with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being a King full-time as of 2020-21. Whereas Joey was selected 73rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2016 and has spent time up and down between the AHL and NHL since 2018-19.

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They were fortunate enough to share the ice for Mikey’s NHL debut, when the Kings hosted the Devils mid-way through the 2019-20 campaign. Despite Joey breaking into the league first, Mikey has compiled more of an NHL resume to date.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Beyond the Anderson brothers having achieved NCAA success, each capturing multiple championships while at school, they’ve also represented their nation well on the world stage.

Joey has suited up for Team USA at the 2016 U18 World Junior Hockey Championship (WJC), 2017 WJC, and 2018 WJC, capturing a Bronze, Gold, then another Bronze in that order. Mikey participated in both the 2018 WJC (Bronze) and 2019 WJC (Silver). Mikey captained the 2019 team.

Where Are They Now?

Mikey, a defenseman, has spent his entire career with the Kings thus far and has re-signed to stay with the club through 2022-23. Whereas Joey, a winger, has done some moving throughout the years. Part of the Devils organization until 2019-20, he was then dealt to the Maple Leafs in October 2020 and is now part of the Chicago Blackhawks after being traded there in February 2023.

Joey recently signed a one-year deal to remain with the Blackhawks and will battle for a spot on the fourth line in training camp and the preseason.

Morgan & Justin Barron

Although the Barron brothers both called Nova Scotia home, Justin was the only one to ever suit up for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Morgan, the eldest by three years, found development in the NCAA with Cornell University.

Justin Barron Montreal Canadiens
Justin Barron, Montreal Canadiens (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Justin was selected much higher than Morgan in their respective draft year, with Morgan going 174th overall to the New York Rangers in 2017 as compared to Justin being taken 25th by the Colorado Avalanche in 2020. It may have worked to Justin’s advantage that the NHL is always in need of right-handed defensemen, whereas versatile forwards like Morgan are seemingly easier to come by.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Morgan has yet to dawn the red and white, while Justin has represented Canada at the 2021 WJC (Silver). Neither has added much to their professional trophy cases at this point in their careers.

Where Are They Now?

Morgan Barron Winnipeg Jets
Morgan Barron, Winnipeg Jets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Neither remains with the club that originally drafted them, as both wound up being traded elsewhere on the exact same day — the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline.

Justin is entering the third of a three-year term now housed with the Montreal Canadiens and Morgan just signed a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets that will take him through the 2024-25 season.

Jesper & Adam Boqvist

Although nearly two full years separate them, Jesper and Adam Boqvist each made their NHL debuts during the same season but with different organizations. The brothers are very close, having been both teammates and roommates overseas before heading to North America.

Adam Boqvist Columbus Blue Jackets
Adam Boqvist, Columbus Blue Jackets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Jesper, the older of the two and a winger, was drafted 36th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 Draft. This came after a successful junior career in his native Sweden with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where he played through the 2018-19 season. He broke into the NHL with New Jersey in 2019-20.

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Adam is a defenseman who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks eighth overall in 2018 after playing with Brynäs in Sweden. Following his selection, he spent one season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the London Knights before turning pro in 2019-20. He started the season in the AHL before making his NHL debut during that same campaign.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Adam represented Sweden at the 2017 WJC-18, 2018 WJC-18 (Bronze), and 2019 WJC. Jesper played for his nation at the WJC-18 in 2016 (Silver) and WJC in 2018 (Silver).

Where Are They Now?

Following the one-year deal he signed last season, Jesper re-upped with the Devils on a lucrative eight-year contract that will pay him $7.875 million AAV through the 2030-31 season.

Meanwhile, brother Adam has already experienced his first re-location after Chicago sent him to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Seth Jones trade that took place in the 2021 offseason. Columbus has shown more faith in the younger brother, though, as Adam is now signed for three more years at $2.6 million per.

Kirby & Colton Dach

Beyond already being part of this exclusive club of siblings in the NHL, the Dach brothers added a layer of rarity to their shared storyline when they were both drafted by the same franchise.

Kirby Dach Montreal Canadiens
Kirby Dach, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The forwards also both spent time with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL in the lead-up to their draft years, just a few hours east and a province over from their hometown in Alberta. Interestingly, they don’t shoot the same way — Kirby is right-handed, Colton is a lefty.

Kirby, the older of the pair by two years, was selected third overall by the Blackhawks in 2019 and Colton was picked 62nd in 2021. Both being part of the same organization was short-lived, though. Kirby has moved on and Colton has yet to make his NHL debut. They never did get a chance to suit up alongside one another during that span, either.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Despite both achieving strong individual numbers throughout their junior years, neither Kirby nor Colton was part of any meaningful collective success in the minors. They’ve also yet to achieve such heights in the pros.

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As far as international play is concerned, although Kirby was selected for Team Canada’s 2021 WJC squad a pre-tournament injury kept him out of the competition. Yet, he was still able to add a Silver to his resume, as a result.

Where Are They Now?

Following a few underwhelming seasons as a Blackhawk, during which expectations were far greater than what he was able to accomplish, Kirby was traded to the Canadiens at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He’s recently signed with his new club, committing to Montreal through 2025-26.

Colton, on the other hand, has yet to play in either the AHL or NHL to this point. However, given the club’s current rebuilding state, odds are in his favour that he’ll crack Chicago’s lineup sooner than later.

Haydn & Cale Fleury

The Fleury brothers, Haydn and Cale, took remarkably similar paths to the NHL. They played for the same high school, although on different teams. Each spent four years in the WHL and both reached the NHL in their age-21 seasons. Growing up in Saskatchewan, the Fleury brothers were surrounded by NHL-level hockey talent. Including former first-rounder Brenden Morrow, who babysat Haydn as a toddler.

Haydn Fleury Tampa Bay Lightning
Haydn Fleury, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Older brother Haydn played for the Notre Dame Argos U18 team before spending four years with the Red Deer Rebels. Following the 2013-14 season, the Carolina Hurricanes drafted him seventh overall and he turned pro in 2016-17 with the team’s AHL affiliate. He made his NHL debut early on in their 2017-18 schedule.

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Cale, two years younger than Hadyn, played for the Notre Dame Hounds U18 team and then the WHL’s Kootenay Ice. He was captain during his last two years there, before joining the Regina Pats to conclude his junior career. Following the 2016-17 season, the Canadiens drafted him 87th overall and he joined the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Cale made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, 2019, versus Haydn’s Hurricanes.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Haydn has represented Canada on two occasions, at the 2014 WJC-18 (Bronze) and the 2016 WJC. He also captured the 2019 Calder Cup. Cale, on the other hand, has yet to add any trophies to his case nor has he represented Canada in international play.

Where Are They Now?

After nearly four seasons with Carolina, Haydn was traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the deadline in 2021 while Cale remained with the Canadiens. However, that would all change shortly thereafter during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

Haydn and Cale made history, as the only siblings to be selected in the same expansion draft, when the Seattle Kraken decided to add them both to their inaugural roster for 2021-22.

Cale is the only one of the two who remains part of the Kraken organization, though, as Haydn signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning that is set to last through 2023-24.

Nick & Marcus Foligno

Raised by Mike Foligno — a former NHL player, coach, and scout — Nick and Marcus grew up in Buffalo, New York. Four years apart, the Foligno brothers never had the opportunity to play together. They did each spend time with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, just not at the same time. With Canadian parents, both have dual citizenship.

Nick Foligno Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Nick was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2006 Entry Draft. He’d play one final season in the OHL before breaking into the NHL for the 2007-08 campaign, where he’d then spend the next five years in Ottawa.

Younger brother Marcus was taken by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft. Like Nick, Marcus would spend a little more time in the OHL before progressing his career. He made his NHL debut in late 2011.

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The Foligno family has supported many charitable causes after losing their mother to cancer in 2009. Currently, both brothers and their sisters, Cara and Lisa, manage the Janis Foligno Foundation. The foundation is partnered with nine charities, including Meals on Wheels and the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer.

International Play & Trophy Cases

At the international level, elder brother Nick plays for the United States while Marcus represents Canada.

Nick has dressed with Team USA three times, at the 2009 WC, 2010 WC, and 2016 WC. In 2017, he earned both the King Clancy Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award. Marcus has only played for Team Canada once, at the 2011 WJC (Silver).

Where Are They Now?

Nick was traded to the Blue Jackets on July 1, 2012, was named captain following the 2014-15 season, and went on to hold the role for over five years. Following a short stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs to close out 2020-21, Nick went on to sign a two-year deal with the Boston Bruins that same offseason and has since been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Marcus Foligno, Minnesota Wild
Marcus Foligno, Minnesota Wild (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

In 2017, Marcus was part of a multi-player deal that sent him to the Wild. He’s been an alternate captain since 2021-22 and is committed to the club through 2023-24.

Cal & Nolan Foote

It should come as no surprise that brothers Cal and Nolan Foote were born and raised in the Denver area, since their dad spent 17 years with the Avalanche organization. Adam compiled a career that lasted over 1,150 games in the NHL, which offered the perfect example for his sons to follow with both now active NHLers. Even more special was that the siblings got to spend some time as teammates through their junior years in the WHL.

Cal Foote, Tampa Bay Lightning
Cal Foote, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Like his father, Cal is a defenseman. Before being picked 14th overall by the Lightning in 2017, the elder of the two siblings was playing with the Rockets of the WHL. He returned for one final season after being drafted and captained the 2017-18 squad. He then progressed to the AHL level with the Syracuse Crunch, before getting a chance to join the Lightning on a more regular basis.

Nolan, two years younger than Cal, was selected by the Devils in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Following an extremely similar storyline, the winger also played for the WHL’s Rockets leading up to his draft and returned for one final season afterwards in which he was also named captain.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Despite having dual citizenship, both brothers represent Canada when given the opportunity. Cal played in the 2018 WJC (Gold) and Nolan represented his nation at the 2020 WJC (Gold). However, Cal owns the edge at the moment, with his 2021 Stanley Cup championship.

Where Are They Now?

Since 2020-21, Cal has seen far more time with the Lightning than their AHL affiliate despite having accumulated some stats with Syracuse throughout that span. He was traded to the Predators last season in the Tanner Jeannot trade and joined his brother Nolan in New Jersey when he signed a one-year deal in the offseason.

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Nolan has only cracked the Devils’ lineup a handful of times in the past couple of seasons and has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular. His ELC will take him to the conclusion of 2023-24, so he still has time ahead of him to make an impression. He had a career-high 20 goals in the AHL last season and will be looking to earn a spot in the Devils’ deep lineup in 2023-24.

Quinn, Jack & Luke Hughes

The Hughes family has taken the hockey world by storm. With Quinn and Jack going in the first round in consecutive years, followed by Luke being selected fourth overall in 2021, it’s no surprise to hear that they come from an athletic family. Their parents have long been involved in sports, including having both played hockey at their post-secondary institutes.

Luke Hughes New Jersey Devils
Luke Hughes, New Jersey Devils (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Quinn, the eldest of the three, played for the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) prior to attending the University of Michigan. After his freshman year, the Canucks drafted him seventh overall in 2018. Following one more campaign of college hockey, he went on to make his NHL debut near the end of the 2018-19 season.

Younger brother Jack followed in Quinn’s footsteps by playing for the USNTDP. In 2018-19, he captained the U18 team and was considered the top prospect in the 2019 Draft. He was selected first overall by the Devils and immediately turned pro. He scored his first NHL goal in his eighth career game against Quinn’s Canucks.

Luke, the youngest of the trio, shares numerous similarities with his brothers. He’s now also a former first-round pick, has USNTDP experience and just finished an impressive stint with the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA. He also made his NHL debut last season and quickly scored his first NHL goal in his second game and recorded his first multi-point game in the playoffs, in his first game no less.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Internationally, Quinn has represented the United States at the 2017 WJC-18 (Gold), 2018 WJC (Bronze), 2018 WC (Bronze), 2019 WJC (Silver), and 2019 WC.

Jack played for Team USA at the 2018 WJC-18 (Silver), 2019 WJC-18 (Bronze), 2019 WJC (Silver), and 2019 WC. He and Quinn were teammates at the 2019 World Championship.

Luke played for Team USA at the 2022 WJC, and 2023 WJC (Bronze).

Where Are They Now?

Quinn Hughes Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Quinn will continue to progress his career as a Canuck, having signed through to 2026-27 at $7.85 million per. However, Jack owns the financial edge between them, after signing a post-ELC deal that pays him $8 million per through 2029-30. Luke meanwhile signed his ELC with the Devils in April 2023 which pays him $925,000 per through 2025-26. With his pedigree and already impressive NHL resume (albeit only two regular-season games and three playoff games), he should be in that realm in no time as well.

Ryan & Lucas Johansen

It’s not just their pay grade that differentiates the experience the Johansen brothers have encountered to this point in their professional careers. Ryan, drafted fourth overall by the Blue Jackets in 2010, spent limited time in the minors in the years that followed. Whereas Lucas, selected 28th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2016, has only made it into three NHL contests since.

Ryan Johansen Nashville Predators
Ryan Johansen, Nashville Predators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Despite the differences in the details of their resumes, including that they shoot from opposite sides and play different positions, Ryan and Lucas do have similar summary points in some regards. Both developed in the WHL, have spent time in the AHL, and do have NHL experience.

Ryan has simply accumulated more of a stat line to date, but his seven years of added time to do so may be part of the reason why.

International Play & Trophy Cases

While Ryan is the only one to have represented Canada, participating in the 2011 WJC (Silver), Lucas’ trophy case gained a more meaningful accomplishment after his 2014-15 Rockets were crowned champions of the WHL.

Where Are They Now?

In one of the more straightforward blockbuster swaps, Ryan was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Seth Jones back in 2015-16. The Predators traded him to the Colorado Avalanche during the 2023 offseason.

Lucas, signed with the Capitals through 2023-24, has spent the majority of his time as a member of the franchise as a member of the Hershey Bears — Washington’s AHL affiliate. He got into two games last season but was held off the scoreboard in both.

Seth & Caleb Jones

The Jones brothers, Caleb and Seth, were born into an athletic family. Dad, long-time NBA player Popeye Jones, had over 3,700 points and 3,900 rebounds in his career. However, his sons didn’t follow in his footsteps. Both brothers were born in Arlington, Texas as Popeye was playing for the Dallas Mavericks at the time, but they grew up in Colorado after he was traded to the Denver Nuggets. It was there that they learned to play hockey, with the help of Joe Sakic connecting the family with coaches, and the rest is history.

Seth Jones Chicago Blackhawks
Seth Jones, Chicago Blackhawks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Seth played junior hockey for the Everett Silvertips and Winterhawks of the WHL. Nashville drafted him fourth overall in 2013 and he made his NHL debut that fall. His tenure with the Predators didn’t last as long as most would have initially expected, after being such a highly-touted pick for the team.

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Younger brother Caleb, also a defenseman, has been working through Seth’s shadow for much of his career thus far. The Edmonton Oilers drafted Caleb in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft out of the USNTDP. Following that, he played two seasons in the WHL, one in the AHL, and then made his NHL debut in 2018-19.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Seth has represented the United States at the 2011 WJC-18 (Gold), 2012 WJC-18 (Gold), 2013 WJC (Gold), 2015 WC (Bronze), and 2022 WC. He also won the WHL Championship in 2013 and was a member of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Caleb played for Team USA at the 2015 WJC-18 (Gold) and 2017 WJC (Gold).

Where Are They Now?

After Seth was traded to the Blue Jackets in early 2016, he then signed a six-year extension at season’s end. After rumours began to swirl during the 2021 offseason that the Jones brothers were looking to grow on the same soil, the Blackhawks orchestrated a way to make it so.

First, they acquired Caleb in the trade that sent Duncan Keith to the Oilers. Then, they negotiated with the Blue Jackets for Seth and extended him through 2026-2027 with a salary of $9.5 million per. Caleb is now playing for the Hurricanes after signing a contract in the offseason.

Mathieu & Pierre-Olivier Joseph

Growing up in Quebec, it should come as no surprise that both Mathieu and Pierre-Olivier Joseph chose the QMJHL as the canvas on which they displayed the talent necessary to earn each their respective Entry Draft selection.

Mathieu Joseph Ottawa Senators
Mathieu Joseph, Ottawa Senators (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Following four productive seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs, Mathieu was drafted by the Lightning in 2015 where the winger then split his time between Tampa Bay and Syracuse in the immediate seasons that followed until he became an NHL regular in 2020-21.

Pierre-Olivier was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in 2017. Although the defenseman cracked an NHL lineup since then, the younger brother’s pro experience was mostly limited to playing in the AHL. That was until 2022-23 when he got into 75 games and started to establish himself as a full-time NHL defenseman. He recorded a career-high five goals and 21 points and appears to be one of the future pieces of the Penguins’ defence core.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Pierre-Olivier’s list of accomplishments is rather bare at the moment, whereas Mathieu’s has already reached numerous peaks. Not only has Mathieu represented Canada at the 2017 WJC (Silver) and 2019 WC (Silver), but he also won the 2017 WHL Championship. On top of it all, he captured back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.

Where Are They Now?

As part of a deadline deal in 2022, Mathieu was traded away from Tampa Bay to Ottawa where he’s since signed a new contract that runs through 2025-26.

Pierre-Olivier never made it into any action with Arizona and is currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a contract that expires in 2023-24.

Charlie & Ryan Lindgren

Minnesotans Charlie and Ryan have navigated their hockey journies in drastically different ways, beyond not sharing the same on-ice role. Charlie was signed as an undrafted free agent while Ryan was a more well-known prospect heading into his draft year.

Ryan Lindgren New York Rangers
Ryan Lindgren, New York Rangers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Charlie played for the Sioux City Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) prior to attending St. Cloud State University for three seasons. After his junior year, the Canadiens signed the goalie in free agency and he made his NHL debut with a 26-save win over the Hurricanes late in the 2015-16 season.

Younger brother Ryan, a defenseman, attended the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s before spending two seasons with the USNTDP. He was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (49th overall) in 2016. He’d go on to join the University of Minnesota for two years before turning pro.

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There is a third hockey-loving Lindgren brother. Andrew, the youngest and also a goaltender, played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for four seasons and then spent four years at St. John’s University before graduating in 2020. The brothers, while always competitive, are also each other’s greatest support system.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Charlie won the 2016 NCAA (NCHC) Championship. He was also a member of Team USA at the 2018 WC (Bronze) but didn’t appear in any games. Internationally, Ryan has represented the United States as their captain at the 2016 WJC-18 (Bronze) and he also participated in the 2017 WJC (Gold) and 2018 WJC (Bronze).

Where Are They Now?

Since his NHL debut in 2016, Charlie has mostly bounced between the AHL and NHL. After seeing limited action with the St. Louis Blues in 2021-22, the Capitals signed the backup goaltender to a term that runs through 2024-25.

Charlie Lindgren Washington Capitals
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Ryan was traded by the Bruins in February 2018, prior to getting into any games with Boston, in the deal that sent Rick Nash the other way. He’s been a regular on the New York Rangers’ blue line since 2019-20 and is approaching a contract year, set to occur in 2023-24.

Michael & Ryan McLeod

It made perfect sense for the McLeod brothers to spend as much time as they did on the Mississauga Steelheads, given that it’s their hometown OHL team. Michael and Ryan even spent three seasons as teammates. Mississauga was the only OHL club Michael played for, while Ryan finished his time in the league on the Saginaw Spirit before advancing his career.

Michael McLeod New Jersey Devils
Michael McLeod, New Jersey Devils (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Michael, the eldest by two years, was drafted 12th overall by the Devils in 2016 and debuted a couple of years later in 2018-19. Ryan, also a forward, was selected 40th by the Oilers in 2018 and saw NHL action for the first time in 2020-21. Both have also seen their share of time in the AHL, developing alongside other draft picks from each respective franchise.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Through adulthood, Michael is the only sibling to represent Canada as he participated in the 2016 WJC-18, 2017 WJC (Silver), and 2018 WJC (Gold). Neither has achieved collective success at the AHL or NHL level, yet.

Where Are They Now?

Both were up for renewal at the conclusion of 2022-23, but after lengthy contract negotiations, Ryan re-upped with the Oilers on a two-year deal worth $2.1 million AAV and Michael with the Devils on a one-year pact worth $1.4 million.

William & Alexander Nylander

With former NHLer Michael as their father, and after spending a lot of time in locker rooms growing up, the Nylander brothers were destined to follow in their dad’s footsteps. Both born in Calgary, William and Alexander benefited from mentorship all across the continent with a front-row seat to what it meant to be a professional hockey player.

William Nylander Toronto Maple Leafs
William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

Older brother William developed his skill set in Sweden. Climbing through the Swedish hockey ranks, he even had the opportunity to play alongside Michael in the HockeyAllsvenskan during the 2012-13 season with Södertälje SK. He suited up with MODO in 2013-14 and the Maple Leafs ended up selecting him eighth overall in 2014. William made his NHL debut in 2015-16 and scored his first goal in his fourth career game.

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Younger brother Alex also played his junior hockey in Sweden before leaving to join the OHL’s Steelheads for his draft year. A strong campaign led to being picked eighth by the Sabres in 2016. Despite cracking their lineup a few months later, Alex struggled to find playing time through a rather slow start to his NHL career.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Both have represented Sweden at various international tournaments. William played in the 2013 WJC-18, 2014 WJC-18, 2015 WJC, 2016 WJC, 2017 WC (Gold), 2019 WC, and 2022 WC. Alex participated in the 2016 WJC-18 (Silver), 2016 WJC, 2017 WJC, and 2018 WJC (Silver).

Where Are They Now?

After holding out to start the 2017-18 season, William eventually signed a six-year deal worth $45 million with the Maple Leafs that runs through 2023-24. He continues to be one of Toronto’s most consistent producers.

Whereas Alex has yet to have the same type of impact. Buffalo traded him to Chicago in July 2019, where he re-signed a one-year extension through to the conclusion of 2021-22. But before that term concluded, Alex was shipped off to the Penguins in January 2022, and he’s mostly seen AHL action ever since.

Darren & Taylor Raddysh

Although Darren and Taylor Raddysh took different pathways into the NHL, with older brother Darren going undrafted while the younger Taylor was a second-round pick, the sequence of experiences both have written follows a similar narrative. From OHL, to AHL, to NHL.

Taylor Raddysh Chicago Blackhawks
Taylor Raddysh, Chicago Blackhawks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

After failing to hear his name called at an NHL Entry Draft, Darren didn’t stop working as he pressed forward and elevated his impact with the OHL’s Erie Otters. His efforts paid off, in the form of an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs in 2017. He maintained that momentum en route to his first NHL contract and has now spent time with a few different organizations since.

Taylor, on the other hand, was a more highly touted prospect heading into his draft year after setting a pace of more than a point per game with the Otters in 2015-16. Tampa Bay then selected him 58th overall in 2016. He went on to spend a couple more seasons ripping up the OHL, including playing alongside Darren in 2016-17, before making the move to Tampa’s AHL system. The forward spent a few seasons earning his keep and became a permanent NHLer in 2020-21.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Darren doesn’t yet have any experience wearing Team Canada’s colours, but he did win the 2017 OHL Championship. Whereas Taylor’s list of accolades is a bit more expansive. He not only hoisted the 2017 OHL Championship as well, but he’s also represented Canada at the 2017 WJC (Silver) and 2018 WJC (Gold).

Where Are They Now?

Shortly after signing with the Blackhawks, Darren was traded to the Rangers mid-way through 2018-19. He was with New York for a couple of seasons, spending all of that time with the Hartford Wolf Pack, and would go on to sign with Tampa Bay via free agency in July 2021. He’s committed through 2023-24.

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Taylor has had a more straightforward experience thus far, as he split his time between the Crunch and Lightning since 2018-19 before being traded to the Blackhawks late in 2021-22. Taylor is also currently signed through 2023-24.

Jason & Nick Robertson

Given how competitive the Robertson brothers have always been, let alone that their family supported their dreams to the degree that they moved from California to Michigan in support of that fact, Jason and Nick were destined to make it to the big leagues.

Jason Robertson Dallas Stars
Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Despite growing up in the USA, the Robertson siblings eventually landed in the OHL. Jason from 2015-16 to 2018-19 and Nick between 2017-18 to 2019-20. Most of Jason’s time there was spent with the Kingston Frontenacs, but he capped off his OHL career as an IceDog to conclude 2018-19. Jason spent all three of his seasons in the league as a member of the Petes. The brothers dawned assistant captain patches at some point throughout their respective tenures, too.

Both wingers having propelled through the minors in a way that saw each produce at a greater pace as they progressed, it became increasingly clear that they would be drafted. Jason ended up being selected 39th overall by Dallas in 2017 and Nick was picked 53rd by Toronto in 2019. Two years apart, just like their age.

International Play & Trophy Cases

While neither has added any NHL hardware to their trophy cases just yet, Jason has the edge in international experience having played for Team USA at the 2019 WJC (Silver) and 2021 WC (Bronze). Nick has only suited up for his country at the 2020 WJC.

Where Are They Now?

Both brothers remain with the franchise that originally drafted them, but Jason has the edge when it comes to NHL experience to date, having moved up from the AHL rather quickly. He signed a lucrative contract last season that pays him $7.75 million AAV through the 2025-26 season. He also hit a career-high 46 goals and 109 points, further increasing his status as the steal of the 2017 Draft.

Nick, on the other hand, has spent far more time with the Toronto Marlies than he has with the Maple Leafs. Signed through 2023-24, he has a little bit of laneway ahead of him to earn an extension.

Luke & Brayden Schenn

Brayden and Luke are former first-round picks — both taken fifth overall. Older brother Luke, a defenseman, was drafted in 2008. While Brayden, a forward, was taken in 2009. Born in Saskatchewan, each played their junior hockey in the WHL. Luke with the Rockets and Brayden with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Brayden Schenn St. Louis Blues
Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

After being selected by Toronto at the 2008 Draft, and the Maple Leafs choosing to keep him in town rather than send him back to Kelowna, Luke landed in their 2008-09 lineup. He became a mainstay in the NHL from that point forward, outside of a few short stints in the AHL throughout recent years.

Like Luke, Brayden also made his NHL debut in his draft year, making it into one game with the Kings in 2009-10. He ended up spending the majority of the next two years in the minors, but would become an NHL regular as of 2011-12.

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In his time with the Maple Leafs, Luke donated $10,000 to start “Luke’s Troops,” giving Canadian servicemen and women the opportunity to attend a game as his guests. The brothers have also organized the Luke and Brayden Schenn Celebrity Golf Classic in the past, raising money for the Royal University Hospital Foundation.

International Play & Trophy Cases

The brothers have represented Canada internationally but have yet to dress for the same team. Luke played in the 2007 WJC-18, 2008 WJC (Gold), 2009 WC (Silver), 2011 WC, 2012 WC, and 2013 WC. Brayden was part of the 2008 WJC-18 (Gold), 2010 WJC (Silver), 2011 WJC (Silver), 2014 WC, 2015 WC (Gold), 2017 WC (Silver), and 2018 WC.

Both are Stanley Cup champions. Brayden captured it in 2019, followed by Luke winning it back-to-back in 2020 and 2021.

Where Are They Now?

Luke was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June 2012 for James van Riemsdyk, which allowed the Schenns to play together throughout the next number of seasons. He would end up being traded to the Kings in 2016, sign with the Coyotes that same offseason, play with the Ducks for less than 10 games, and then end up as a Lightning as of July 2019. He signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators in 2023 after two seasons with the Canucks.

Luke Schenn, Vancouver Canucks
Luke Schenn, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

After a multi-player deal that sent Brayden to Philadelphia from Los Angeles in June 2011, he would go on to be traded to the Blues six years to the day later and has been there ever since. He signed an eight-year extension in October 2019 which runs until 2027-28. He was also recently named captain of the Blues for the 2023-24 season after Ryan O’Reilly was traded at the 2023 Trade Deadline.

Brendan & Reilly Smith

Born three years apart, defenseman Brendan and forward Reilly Smith lacked opportunities to play for the same junior teams, but both followed a similar path to the NHL. Each played college hockey, turning into Hobey Baker Award finalists as the nation’s top player in their respective years.

Reilly Smith Vegas Golden Knights
Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Detroit Red Wings drafted Brendan in the second round of the 2007 Entry Draft and he’d spend the next three seasons with the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA. He then transitioned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2010-11 season, before cracking the NHL in 2011-12.

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In a coincidental parallel, younger brother Reilly also spent three years in the NCAA after being drafted by the Stars in 2009. He played with Miami University, before being called up by Dallas in 2011-12. The following year, in 2012-13, he split his time between the NHL and AHL before becoming a regular at the top level of play as of 2013-14.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Despite long-lasting tenures in professional hockey, neither brother has suited up for Team Canada to date. Yet, younger brother Reilly does have the edge in awards having won the 2011 NCAA (CCHA) Championship.

Where Are They Now?

After being traded to the Rangers in early 2017, following nearly 300 games in Detroit, Brendan would go on to play nearly 250 with New York. He went on to sign a one-year deal in Carolina for 2021-22, but is now committed to New Jersey through 2023-24.

Brendan Smith New Jersey Devils
Brendan Smith, New Jersey Devils (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Reilly has experienced more movement between the two, having played for the Stars, Bruins, and Florida Panthers before being stolen at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. After that, he was a constant with the Vegas Golden Knights and signed an extension that will pay him $5 million a year until the end of 2024-25. After winning the 2023 Stanley Cup with Vegas, he was traded to the Penguins.

Marc & Jordan Staal

Although there are numerous examples of brothers in the NHL, both past and present, having four in the league at the same time is a rarity. Yet, that is exactly what the Staal family accomplished when Jared made his debut on Apr. 25, 2013. He joined brothers Eric and Jordan as the Hurricanes and faced the Rangers. Had Marc been healthy at the time, all four would have played in that same game.

Jordan Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Following a few successful seasons with the Petes in the OHL, oldest brother Eric was drafted second overall by the Hurricanes in 2003. He made his debut that very next season as a regular in Carolina’s lineup but spent the next season in the AHL. Upon his return to NHL action in 2005-06, Eric helped guide the Hurricanes to their first championship.

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Marc is the only defenseman among the four brothers. He was selected 12th overall by the Rangers at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and debuted in 2007-08 after a couple more seasons in the OHL. Marc has been a shutdown defender with offensive upside but has had a history of career-threatening injuries, including multiple concussions and a retinal tear after a puck struck his eye.

Like his brothers, Jordan used the OHL as a platform to raise his pre-draft ranking. In 2006, the Penguins then selected him with the second overall pick. Like Eric, Jordan joined his first NHL club right away and had an immediate impact. He finished third in Calder Trophy voting that season and helped Pittsburgh capture a league title in 2009.

Jared was drafted in 2008, but most of his experience that followed occurred in the AHL, ECHL, and Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). He only made two NHL appearances.

As a family, the four brothers established the Staal Family Foundation, which provides assistance to children and families suffering from cancer. They distribute donations to the Smilezone Foundation, Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and George Jeffrey Children’s Centre.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Eric is one of just 27 players to join the exclusive Triple Gold Club, for having won a Stanley Cup, World Championship Gold, and Olympic Games. He’s played in the 2002 WJC-18, 2007 WC (Gold), 2008 WC (Silver), 2010 OG (Gold), 2013 WC, and 2022 OG.

Marc participated in the 2006 WJC (Gold), 2007 WJC (Gold), and 2010 WC. Jordan has only represented Canada twice, at the 2007 WC (Gold) and 2013 WC.

Where Are They Now?

Eric was named Carolina’s captain in 2009-10 and held that title until 2016 when he was then traded at the deadline. After a short stay with the Rangers, he seemed to have found a home in Minnesota but then decided to sign with the Sabres in the 2020 offseason. He was traded to the Canadiens less than a full season later, only saw a handful of AHL games in 2021-22, and signed a one-year deal with the Panthers that ran through 2022-23. He is currently an unrestricted free agent and may announce his retirement before too long.

After 13 years in New York, Marc was dealt to the Red Wings in advance of the 2020-21 season. Following a couple of years as a Red Wing, he’s now also a Flyer for 2023-24.

Pittsburgh traded Jordan to the Hurricanes in 2012 and he’s been in Carolina ever since. He became captain in 2019-20 and re-signed with Carolina in 2023.

Riley & Chase Stillman

Despite their dual citizenship, the Stillman brothers spent most of their junior hockey years developing in the Canadian system. Riley and Chase, one a defenseman and the other a forward, took a route that saw them leverage their experience in the OHL before being signed to their pro teams.

Riley Stillman Buffalo Sabres
Riley Stillman, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Riley is the eldest of the two by five years, which helps account for the added experience on his resume. He played for the Oshawa Generals and Hamilton Bulldogs before joining the Panthers for the 2018-19 campaign. They had drafted him 141th overall in 2016. He’d then split his time in the AHL over the next few seasons, until becoming a more regular NHLer in 2021-22.

Selected as an 18-year-old by the Devils at the 2021 Entry Draft, Chase signed his entry-level contract a mere few months later. Unsurprisingly, given his impressive showing while playing in Europe after the OHL’s Wolves loaned him to Esbjerg U20 of the Denmark U20 league for 2020-21. He collected nine goals and seven assists in only eight matches. He’s spent the past few years fine-tuning his skill set in the OHL.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Older brother Riley has yet to represent any nation at the international level, but he does have a 2018 OHL Championship on his list of achievements. Chase, on the other hand, competed for Canada at the 2021 WJC-18 (Gold).

Where Are They Now?

After a few seasons of travelling to and from Florida and its AHL affiliate, Riley landed in Chicago where he quickly agreed to an extension. Soon thereafter, though, the 24-year-old and his contract term that runs through 2024-25 were traded to the Canucks. At the 2023 Trade Deadline, the Canucks moved him to the Sabres.

Chase has yet to see any NHL action, but having already signed his ELC it seems more than likely that Devils fans will get to witness him suit up soon.

Ryan & Dylan Strome

Currently, there are two Stromes active in the NHL — Ryan and Dylan. Both are former first-round picks. The youngest of the three brothers, Matthew, was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Ryan Strome Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Strome, Anaheim Ducks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Ryan is the oldest and got the ball rolling when he was taken fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011. Prior to being drafted, he played for the OHL’s Colts and IceDogs. He’d stick with Niagara for the following couple of seasons and made his NHL debut in December 2013. Ryan is four years older than Dylan and six years Matthews’ senior. So by the time both younger brothers entered the OHL, the Strome name was already well established.

Dylan is the middle brother and was selected earliest at third overall, by the Coyotes in 2015. He played all four years of junior hockey with the Otters on teams that included Connor McDavid, Alex DeBrincat, and Connor Brown. Dylan won the 2015 OHL scoring title en route to a record-setting year with the Otters. He broke into the NHL in 2015-16, but still spent most of that season in the OHL.

Matthew Strome Flyers
Matthew Strome, Philadelphia Flyers, Sept. 13, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Yet to make his NHL debut, Matthew has spent his time in the OHL, AHL, and ECHL since being drafted by the Flyers.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Ryan played in back-to-back WJC in both 2012 (Bronze) and 2013. Dylan also participated in that same tournament two years in a row, representing Team Canada at the 2016 WJC and 2017 WJC (Silver). He was also at the 2019 WC (Silver) and has won an OHL title.

Where Are They Now?

In June 2017, Ryan was traded to the Oilers for Jordan Eberle. Following a short stay in Edmonton, he was dealt to the Rangers in Nov. 2018 and spent the next few years in New York before hitting free agency following 2021-22. He signed a five-year deal with the Ducks that offseason.

Dylan Strome Washington Capitals
Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

After an underwhelming start to his NHL career, Dylan was shipped off to Chicago early on in the 2018-19 season. Like Ryan, he was set to hit free agency in the 2021-22 offseason. Dylan signed a five-year deal with the Capitals in 2022-23 that runs through the 2027-28 season.

Chris & Brandon Tanev

Older brother Chris took the road less travelled to make it in hockey, while Brandon‘s path was a little more straightforward. Yet, both eventually made their dreams a reality by becoming regulars at the NHL level.

Chris Tanev Calgary Flames
Chris Tanev, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Growing up, Chris was continually cut from teams due to his small stature. He’d persevere and play one season of college hockey for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2009-10. Vancouver signed him as an undrafted free agent and he made his debut on Jan. 18, 2011, thereby becoming the first RIT alumnus to play in the NHL.

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Brandon went the NCAA route and played four seasons with Providence College. Also left undrafted, the younger of the two ended up being signed by the Jets in March 2016, made his debut a month later, and hasn’t looked back.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Chris captured the 2010 NCAA (AHA) Championship and also represented Canada at the 2016 WC (Gold). Whereas Brandon has a 2015 NCAA title, including having scored the game-winner to earn the trophy, but has yet to wear his country’s colours.

Where Are They Now?

After becoming a regular presence on the Canucks’ blue line throughout his 10 seasons in the organization, Chris went on to sign with the Flames as a free agent in October 2020. He’s committed to Calgary until the conclusion of 2023-24.

Brandon Tanev Seattle Kraken
Brandon Tanev, Seattle Kraken (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Brandon signed a six-year deal with the Penguins in the offseason of 2019, but wouldn’t be able to see it through to its conclusion in Pittsburgh. He was left exposed and ultimately selected by the Kraken at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, where he’s now committed through 2024-25.

Tage & Tyce Thompson

Barely a year apart, the Thompson brothers were born in completely separate countries. Tage, the older of the two, originates from Arizona and Tyce was born in Alberta Canada. That both ended up making hockey their career shouldn’t be too shocking, given the path that their father Brent paved. He compiled a decades-long career — playing through the WHL, CHL, AHL, and NHL — and is currently coaching the Bridgeport Islanders.

Tage Thompson Buffalo Sabres
Tage Thompson, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Outside of being drafted three years apart, the forwards have followed a similar route through their careers thus far. Both have experienced a trajectory through the USHL, NCAA, AHL, and NHL. Although, they have yet to play for the same organization — whether alongside one another or otherwise.

Tage was drafted 26th overall by the Blues in 2016 and Tyce was selected 96th by the Devils in 2019. It would take both a couple of years, following each of their respective drafts, before they would see any big league action. When Tyce made his debut in 2020-21, his big brother was lining up on the other side of the ice against him.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Tage’s international experience trumps Tyce’s, given that the younger brother has yet to accumulate any. Tage represented USA at the 2015 WJC-18 (Gold), 2017 WJC (Gold), 2018 WC (Bronze), and 2021 WC (Bronze).

Where Are They Now?

After a small sample size of underwhelming results in St. Louis, the Blues included Tage in the trade package that saw Ryan O’Reilly head back the other way in the summer of 2018. Tage has since blossomed in Buffalo, having now signed his second deal with the Sabres set to kick in for 2022-23. It will earn him over $7 million a season through 2029-30.

Tyce’s resume is currently far more straightforward, having re-signed with the Devils on a deal that expires at the end of 2023-24.

Matthew & Brady Tkachuk

The Tkachuk family is more like the Howes than any other set of siblings on this list, in that they followed their dad’s legacy as one of the greatest to play in his era of the game. Keith scored 538 goals and is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, so it should come as no surprise that Matthew and Brady are thriving in the NHL.

Clearly, they were watching early on, given that their shared style of play aligns directly with Keith’s. They’re all known for being agitators who can produce.

Brady Tkachuk Ottawa Senators
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Matthew, the oldest Tkachuk child, was drafted by the Flames in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Leading up to that event, he played for the OHL’s London Knights, earning 107 points and a championship during his draft year. He cracked the NHL in 2016-17 and has seen his impact progress ever since.

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Brady went the college hockey route before turning pro, playing one season with Boston University where he collected 31 points in 40 games. Ottawa picked Brady fourth overall in 2018, continuing a run of Tkachuks chosen that early as he followed Matthew (sixth overall) and Keith (16th overall). What’s more, Brady and Keith are the only father/son duo to be drafted in the first round out of college.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Although Brady and Matthew have dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, as a result of their mom being Canadian, both represent the USA when competing internationally.

Matthew skated alongside Team USA at the 2015 WJC-18 (Gold) and 2016 WJC (Bronze). He’s also won an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship. Brady played for the United States at the 2017 WJC-18 (Gold) and 2018 WJC (Bronze), while also having achieved an NCAA (Hockey East) Championship in 2018.

Where Are They Now?

Matthew had been an alternate captain for the Flames since 2018-19, but saw his signing rights traded away to the Panthers in 2022 in a blockbuster trade. Flordia wasted little time securing his influence, as he’s now committed through 2029-30 and making $9.5 million per season all the way through.

Meanwhile, Brady was named captain of the Senators for the 2021-22 season. Near the start of the 2021-22 campaign, the Senators locked him up for the following seven years on a deal that pays him $8.2 million per until the end of 2027-28.

James & Trevor van Riemsdyk

Both James and Trevor leveraged the NCAA for their ascent into the NHL, as each went pro after their time playing with the University of New Hampshire. The experiences didn’t overlap, though, as James had already broken into the big leagues by the time Trevor reached post-secondary school.

James van Riemsdyk Philadelphia Flyers
James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Elder brother James was selected second overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Philadelphia. After two seasons at UNH, the winger joined the Flyers and made the NHL roster out of training camp in 2009. As a rookie, he reached the 2010 Stanley Cup Final in a losing effort and hasn’t been back since.

Trevor is a defenseman who went undrafted. After three years of college hockey, he signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent in March 2014. He made his debut in 2014-15 and ended up winning a Cup with the Blackhawks that same season.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

James and Trevor have a third brother, Brendan, who is the youngest and played four seasons of college hockey. Including three at the University of New Hampshire and one at Northeastern University.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Internationally, James has represented his nation several times. Including at the 2006 WJC-18 (Gold), 2007 WJC-18 (Silver), 2007 WJC (Bronze), 2008 WJC, 2009 WJC, 2011 WC, 2014 OG, 2016 World Cup, and 2019 WC.

Trevor has only suited up for Team USA at the 2017 WC, although he’s currently the sole brother with a Stanley Cup ring as part of his collection.

Where Are They Now?

After being traded to Toronto in the 2012 offseason, James spent the next six years as a Maple Leaf. However, after hitting the open market in 2018, he signed a seven-year deal worth $35 million that has him back with the Flyers through 2022-23. He signed a free agent deal with the Boston Bruins in 2023.

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Trevor was stolen by the Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, but was quickly traded to the Hurricanes the next day. He would go on to join the Capitals prior to the 2020-21 season and has already signed his third deal with the organization, which has him there through 2025-26.

NHL Sibling Rivalries Are Alive & Well

Not every parent has the luxury of seeing their kids suit up for the same side, with some forced to pick which jersey they’ll be wearing when their offspring face off. Yet, there’s no debate when it comes to how special it must be for any family to witness one of their own make it, let alone when more follow.

These brothers, all currently active or close to being back at the NHL level, are not the first and won’t be the last to achieve this unique feat. However, each has now entered a rather exclusive club since becoming part of this collective.

While fans have witnessed siblings tear up the league for decades, potential stars like Taylor Makar are patiently waiting to be included on this list. Safe to say, a whole new set of families are about to take over as the NHL’s most famous.