Brothers in the NHL

– latest update: Aug. 2021

With over 100 years of history, it should come as no surprise that the NHL has seen its share of sibling rivalries. In some cases, those from the same bloodline have even played alongside one another. While there are a plethora of family connections throughout every era of the league, we’re here to focus on the brothers who are competing in today’s game.

P.K. Malcolm Subban Matthew Brady Tkachuk Brothers in the NHL

Beyond this simply being a list of active NHLers who grew up in the same household, it’s a deeper dive into their unique connections and differences. From major influences, to their junior years, to turning pro, to international representation, to the sweaters they’re currently wearing, and everything in between.

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So, which set of siblings will join the likes of the Richards, Hulls, and Sutters after they decide to hang up their skates for good? 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 2021-22.

Table of Contents

  1. Jordie & Jamie Benn
  2. Jesper & Adam Boqvist
  3. Haydn & Cale Fleury
  4. Nick & Marcus Foligno
  5. Cal & Nolan Foote
  6. Quinn & Jack Hughes
  7. Seth & Caleb Jones
  8. Charlie & Ryan Lindgren
  9. William & Alexander Nylander
  10. Brett & Nick Ritchie
  11. Buddy & Eric Robinson
  12. Luke & Brayden Schenn
  13. Brendan & Reilly Smith
  14. Eric, Marc & Jordan Staal
  15. Riley & Chase Stillman
  16. Michael & Mark Stone
  17. Ryan & Dylan Strome
  18. P.K. & Malcolm Subban
  19. Evgeny & Andrei Svechnikov
  20. Chris & Brandon Tanev
  21. Matthew & Brady Tkachuk
  22. James & Trevor van Riemsdyk

Jordie & Jamie Benn

Despite getting their starts with the same franchise, Jamie and Jordie Benn travelled very different routes towards the NHL. Jamie, a forward and the youngest of the two, was drafted by the Dallas Stars while Jordie worked his way through the minors to prove his worth as an undrafted defenseman.

Jamie originally intended to play college hockey for the University of Alaska–Fairbanks on a scholarship, but instead chose the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). With only two seasons of major junior hockey under his belt, the Stars called up the younger of the two Benns to play his first full NHL season in 2009.

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That same year, Jordie signed with the Allen Americans of the former Central Hockey League and both brothers found themselves in Texas. He spent parts of three seasons with Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, and then became a regular on the NHL club’s blue line during the 2013-14 season. The brothers spent more than five seasons together.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Jamie has represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship (WJC), 2012 World Championship (WC), and 2014 Sochi Olympics (OG). In Sochi, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 shutout victory over the United States in the Semifinal. He achieved Gold at both the 2009 WJC and 2014 OG.

Jamie also won the 2009 WHL Championship. He captured an NHL scoring title in 2014-15, accumulating four points in Dallas’ final contest to finish with 87. Whereas Jordie has yet to win any major award or wear his country’s colours at an international competition.

Where Are They Now?

Jordie was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for fellow defenseman Greg Pateryn at the 2017 Trade Deadline, joined the Vancouver Canucks in 2019, and became a member of the Winnipeg Jets organization at the 2021 Trade Deadline. That didn’t last long, though, as the Minnesota Wild signed the veteran in free agency a few months later.

Jamie’s only NHL experience since entering the league in 2009-10 has been with the Stars, who he’s captained since 2013-14. Dallas is currently paying him $9.5 million per season through 2024-25.

Jesper & Adam Boqvist

Although nearly two full years separate them, Adam and Jesper 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.

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 American Hockey League (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?

Jesper will be playing his third year with the Devils during 2021-22 to complete his entry-level contract (ELC), after which he’s set to become a restricted free agent (RFA).

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. He, too, is set to progress past his ELC at the end of 2021-22.

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.

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 at 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.

Nick & Marcus Foligno

Raised by Mike Foligno — a former NHL player, coach, and scout — Marcus and Nick 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 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 in exchange for Marc Methot, 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.

In 2017, Marcus was part of a multi-player deal that sent him to the Wild. He’s now signed two consecutive contracts with the club and is committed to them 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 Colorado Avalanche organization. Adam compiled a career that lasted over 1,150 games in the NHL, which created 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.

Like his father, Cal is a defenseman. Prior to being picked 14th overall by the Tampa Bay 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.

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Nolan, two years younger than Cal, was selected by the Devils in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. In an extremely similar storyline, the winger also played for the WHL’s Rockets leading up to his draft, returning 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?

2020-21 included the most NHL action for Cal to date, playing far more with the Lightning than their AHL affiliate. He’s currently committed to the franchise through 2022-23.

Nolan cracked the Devils’ lineup a handful of times in 2020-21 but has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular. Yet, his ELC will take him to the conclusion of 2023-24, so he still has time ahead of him to make an impression.

Quinn & Jack 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 a hockey family. Dad, Jim, played college hockey, coached, and has worked with a sports agency. Mom, Ellen, played hockey, lacrosse, and soccer in university, and was a member of Team USA at the 1992 Women’s World Championship.

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 at 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.

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Luke, the youngest, shares numerous similarities with his brothers. Both in regards to his USNTDP experience and now that he’s also a former first-round pick at an NHL Entry Draft. He is committed to the NCAA’s University of Michigan for their 2021-22 season.

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.

Where Are They Now?

Quinn’s entire scope of NHL experience to date has been with the Canucks. Although he’s currently an RFA waiting for his next contract, all signs point to the fact that he’ll be signing a well-deserved extension any day.

Jack has also found consistency, but with the Devils, and is signed through 2021-22.

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 and is currently an assistant coach. 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 played junior hockey for the Everett Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. The Nashville Predators 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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Youngest brother Caleb is also a defenseman but 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 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), and 2015 WC (Bronze). 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?

Seth was traded to the Blue Jackets in early-2016 for Ryan Johansen and 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.

Charlie & Ryan Lindgren

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

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 prior to spending two seasons with the USNTDP. He was drafted by the Boston 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. He’s currently signed to the St. Louis Blues through 2021-22.

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.

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 witness what it meant to be a professional hockey player.

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 Mississauga Steelheads for his draft year. A strong campaign led to the Sabres turning him into a top-10 pick at the 2016 Entry Draft. Despite cracking their lineup a few months later, Alex was only able to get into 19 games with the Sabres throughout a three-year span.

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), and 2019 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’s been one of Toronto’s most consistent players since.

Whereas Alex has yet to influence 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.

Brett & Nick Ritchie

Brett and Nick Ritchie have athleticism pumping through their veins, with parents Paul and Tammy gifted athletes in their own right. Paul played hockey at the OHL level and later coached youth. Tammy played volleyball, softball, and basketball. The love of sports was passed down to their sons and they were encouraged to participate in as many as they wanted. This included lacrosse, a sport that both brothers excelled in while playing for the Orangeville Northmen.

Brett began his junior career with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting and was eventually traded to the Niagara IceDogs in 2012. As a Sting, he was chosen to play in the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game but had to skip the event due to mononucleosis. Brett was drafted by the Stars in the second round of the 2011 Entry Draft but wouldn’t play in the NHL for another few years.

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Nick followed his older brother’s path via the OHL route, playing for the Peterborough Petes and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Born two years apart, Brett and Nick did not have the opportunity to play at the same level growing up. Nick was drafted 10th overall by the Ducks in 2014 and debuted for them in 2015-16.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Brett represented Canada at the 2011 WJC-18 and 2013 WJC. He’d go on to win the 2014 Calder Cup. Nick has also played for Team Canada twice, at the 2013 WJC-18 (Gold) and 2015 WJC (Gold).

Where Are They Now?

Both found themselves as part of the Bruins organization for a fraction of the 2019-20 campaign, after Brett was signed to a one-year deal in 2019 and Nick was acquired at the 2020 Trade Deadline.

Since then, Brett has moved on to the Calgary Flames, where he’s signed his second one-year contract with the club for 2021-22. While Nick is now a member of the Maple Leafs, with a term that runs through 2022-23.

Buddy & Eric Robinson

Buddy and Eric Robinson took longer and less-than-traditional routes to breaking into the NHL. Both are from New Jersey, went undrafted, and played college hockey to help fine-tune their game.

Older brother Buddy played in multiple Canadian Junior A leagues before spending two seasons at Lake Superior State. The Senators signed him as a free agent at the end of 2012-13. He turned pro with the team’s AHL affiliate and saw a stint in the ECHL before reaching the NHL in 2015-16, debuting on April 5, 2016. He scored his first goal two days later.

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Eric, three years Buddy’s junior, played with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. He followed that up with four years at Princeton University, including serving as captain during his senior year. After graduating, the Blue Jackets signed him as a free agent and he made his NHL debut at the end of 2017-18. He spent the majority of the following season in the AHL before becoming an NHL regular in 2019-20.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Eric is the only one of the two to have earned any hardware to this point in their careers. He won the 2018 NCAA (ECAC) Championship and also played with Team USA at the 2021 WC (Bronze).

Where Are They Now?

Since cracking the NHL, Buddy has been a member of the Senators, Jets, Flames, and Ducks. Although, most of his playing time has occurred with their respective AHL affiliates. He is signed to Anaheim for 2021-22.

All the while, Eric has found consistency as a member of the Blue Jackets and has already experienced three extensions beyond his ELC. The two sides are currently connected through 2024-25.

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.

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 on their blueline for the next four seasons.

Like Luke, Brayden also made his NHL debut in his draft year, making it into one game with the Los Angeles 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 have also won the Stanley Cup. Brayden, 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 gave the Schenns an opportunity to play together throughout the next number of seasons. He would end up being traded to the Kings in 2016, sign with the Arizona Coyotes that same offseason, play with the Ducks for less than 10 games, then end up as a Lightning as of July 2019. Currently, he’s with the Canucks through 2022-23.

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.

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 and were Hobey Baker Award finalists as the nation’s top player.

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 their NHL affiliate Red Wings 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 almost equally between Dallas and Texas.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Despite long-lasting tenures in professional hockey, neither brother has suited up for Team Canada to date. Yet, younger brother Rielly 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. In 2021, via free agency, he signed a one-year deal with Carolina.

Reilly has experienced more movement between the two, having played for the Stars, Bruins, and Florida Panthers, before being selected at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Since then, hes’ been a constant with the Vegas Golden Knights and is approaching his final year of the five-year term that travelled with him from Florida to Vegas.

Eric, 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.

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 Stanely Cup in 2006.

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.

Jared Staal, Charlotte Checkers
Jared Staal, former Charlotte Checker (Ross Bonander/THW)

Like his brothers, Jordan used the OHL as a platform to raise his pre-draft ranking. In 2006, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Jordan 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 the 2009 Stanley Cup.

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

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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), and 2013 WC.

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 and currently awaits agreeing to his next contract.

After 13 years in New York, Marc was dealt to the Red Wings in September 2020. He’s been there ever since, having already extended his term through 2021-22.

Pittsburgh traded Jordan to the Hurricanes in 2012 and he’s been in Carolina ever since. He became captain in 2019-20 and is currently secured until the conclusion of 2022-23, making $6 million per year.

Riley & Chase Stillman

Despite having 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 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 over the next three seasons between the NHL and AHL.

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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.

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, recently competed in 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 has recently agreed to an extension that runs through 2024-25. 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 witnesses him suit up soon.

With both still playing through the early stages of their professional careers, time will tell what this duo can accomplish in the years to come. Perhaps they’ll even end up on the same team at some point, too.

Michael & Mark Stone

A Manitoba native, older brother and defenseman Michael played junior hockey for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Mark also played in the WHL, as a winger with the Brandon Wheat Kings. They faced each other in the 2010 Memorial Cup Semi-Finals with Mark’s Wheat Kings emerging victorious, only to end up losing to the Windsor Spitfire in the Final.

Michael was selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the third round of the 2008 Draft and made his debut in 2011-12. He spent a few more seasons in the minors, in the years between, playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL and San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. He captained the Hitmen in his final year there, through 2009-10.

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Mark was drafted by the Senators in 2010, but would return to Wheat Kings for the following two seasons. He tore up the WHL in 2010-11 and 2011-12, which led to Ottawa calling him up to help their push through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His regular season debut came nearly a year later, in March 2013, and was runner-up in 2015 Calder Trophy voting.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Through his adult years, Mark has now played alongside his Canadian colleagues three times. At the 2012 WJC (Bronze), 2016 WC (Gold), and 2019 WC (Silver). He was also an alternate captain during the 2019 tournament.

Despite a lack of international experience, Michael did win the 2010 WHL Championship.

Where Are They Now?

The Senators traded Mark to the Golden Knights at the 2019 Trade Deadline. He quickly signed an eight-year, $76-million extension that sees him in Vegas until the conclusion of 2026-27.

Arizona traded Michael to the Flames in 2017, where he then signed a three-year deal followed by three one-year contracts. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) following the 2021-22 campaign.

Ryan & Dylan Strome

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

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 Barrie 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.

Matthew Strome, Philadelphia Flyers
Matthew Strome, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

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 Erie 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.

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Yet to make his NHL debut, after being selected 106th overall by the Flyers in 2017, Matthew has spent most of his time in the OHL, AHL, and ECHL.

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 an OHL title to his name.

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 is still in New York, with his current term up at the end of 2021-22.

After an underwhelming start to his NHL career, Dylan was shipped off to Chicago early on in the 2018-19 season and has been a Blackhawk since. He, too, will have to negotiate a new contract that runs beyond 2021-22.

P.K. & Malcolm Subban

A rise to hockey stardom was improbable for the Subbans. Parents Karl and Maria were born on the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Montserrat, respectively. Both immigrated to Canada in 1970, met in Toronto, and got married. Soon thereafter, sons P.K. (defense), Malcolm (goalie), and Jordan (defense) began to see their love of the game grow.

Older brother P.K. played his junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, where he scored 56 points in 68 games during the 2006-07 season, and was then drafted by the Canadiens in June 2007. He debuted a few years later and went on to become the then highest-paid defenseman in the league when he signed an eight-year, $72 million deal.

P.K. continues to be involved with numerous charities, including a commitment to raising $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital by 2022. For his efforts, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Canadian government. He’s also established P.K.’s Blue Line Buddies, with the goal of creating better relationships between law enforcement and inner-city children.

Jordan, P.K., and Malcolm Subban
Jordan, P.K., and Malcolm Subban (THW Archives)

Malcolm is four years younger than P.K. and also played for the Bulls. He was selected by the Bruins 24th overall at the 2012 Draft and appeared in his first NHL game in 2014-15. He would only play for Boston twice, before being picked up by Vegas in 2017-18. That same season, in their first NHL match-up, Malcolm made 41 saves against P.K.’s Predators en route to a shootout victory.

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P.K. and Malcolm have a third brother, Jordan, who is two years younger than Malcolm. Like his siblings, Jordan also played for the Bulls. He was selected by the Canucks in the fourth round of the 2013 Entry Draft and has spent most seasons since playing at the AHL level or overseas.

International Play & Trophy Cases

P.K. has worn the red and white at the 2008 WJC (Gold), 2009 WJC (Gold), 2013 WC, and 2014 OG (Gold). He also added a Norris Trophy to his resume in 2013. Malcolm protected Canada’s net at the 2011 WJC-18 and 2013 WJC. He also has an OHL

Where Are They Now?

In the 2016 offseason, P.K. was traded in a blockbuster deal to the Predators for Shea Weber. In his first season, he helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final. A few years later, in June 2019, he was traded to the Devils and is playing through the final year of his current contract, which pays him $9 million.

After a short stint as Vegas starter, Malcolm was dealt to the Blackhawks at the 2020 Trade Deadline in exchange for Robin Lehner. He is committed to Chicago through 2021-22.

Evgeny & Andrei Svechnikov

Although the Svechnikovs are Russian, both played junior hockey in the CHL before turning pro. Older brother Evgeny played for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL while Andrei played for the OHL’s Colts.

The Red Wings drafted Evgeny 19th overall in 2015 and he then played a plus-one year with Cape Breton. After losing junior hockey eligibility heading into 2015-16, he’s spent most of his time in the AHL with less than 100 NHL games to date. He tore his ACL a few years after being drafted, which got in his way of breaking through at the highest level.

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Of the two, younger brother Andrei had the better pedigree entering his 2018 Entry Draft. He ended up being selected second overall by the Hurricanes as an 18-year-old and has been a full-time NHLer ever since.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Evgeny has represented Russia at the 2013 WJC-18, 2014 WJC-18, and 2016 WJC (Silver). He’s also won a Calder Cup. Andrei suited up for Team Russia at the 2016 WJC-18, 2017 WJC-18 (Bronze), and 2018 WJC.

Where Are They Now?

Older brother Evgeny hasn’t found the same professional consistency as his younger brother and is now hoping to work his way back to the NHL. His previous term with the Red Wings ended in 2020-21 and he’s committed to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose for 2021-22.

All the while, Andrei is already playing through his second NHL contract with Carolina, which is paying him $7.75 million per season through 2028-29.

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.

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.

2021 NHL Expansion Draft Seattle Kraken
2021 NHL Expansion Draft, Seattle Kraken (Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

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, as one of the country’s best to ever play, 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. All three being agitators and leaders who can put points on the board.

Matthew, the oldest Tkachuk child, was selected sixth overall by the Flames in the 2016 Entry Draft. Prior to that, he played for the OHL’s London Knights, earning 107 points and a championship during his draft year. He joined the Flames in 2016-17 and has become a vital member of the franchise.

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Brady went the college hockey route prior to turning pro, playing one season with Boston University where he collected 31 points in 40 games. Ottawa picked Brady fourth overall at the 2018 Entry Draft, 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 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 has been an alternate captain for the Flames since 2018-19. After signing a three-year extension prior to the start of 2019-20, he’s locked up for one more year with the club.

Meanwhile, Brady has worn an “A” on his Senators jersey since 2020-21. He currently awaits his next deal, after completing his entry-level contract that same season.

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 (UNH). The experiences didn’t overlap, though, as James had already broken into the big leagues by the time Trevor was in post-secondary school.

Elder brother James was selected second overall in the 2007 Entry Draft by Philadelphia. After two seasons at UNH, James joined the Flyers and made the NHL roster out of training camp in 2009. As a rookie, he reached the 2010 Stanley Cup Final which Philadelphia ultimately lost. He’s a physical winger, who consistently produces.

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.

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James and Trevor have a third brother, Brendan, who is the youngest and played four seasons of college hockey. Three of which were also at the University of New Hampshire and one was with Northeastern University.

International Play & Trophy Cases

Internationally, James has represented his nation quite a number of 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 only 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.

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 Washington Capitals prior to the 2020-21 season and has already signed his second deal with the organization, which has him there through 2022-23.

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.

This collection of 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 the unique feat. In fact, there are potential stars like Colton Dach and Taylor Makar just waiting to see their names align with those listed above. Time will tell if they make it so.

Clearly, talent runs deep through many of the NHL’s most famous families. While fans have already witnessed siblings tear up the league for decades, all signs point to that same pattern continuing into the future.

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