January 25, 2008

Brotherly Love At NHL All Star Game

Henrik Sedin is among the NHL All Stars, but for a rare weekend he won't see his brother Daniel on the ice.

The Sedin twins may be broken up until next week, but there have been several combinations of brothers either playing with or against each other at the NHL All Star Game:

Playing together:

Max Bentley and Doug Bentley in 1947
Maurice Richard and Henri Richard in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959
Bobby Hull and Dennis Hull in 1969, 1971 and 1972
Phil Esposito and Tony Esposito in 1970 and 1980
Frank Mahovlich and Peter Mahovlich in 1971
Joe Watson and Jimmy Watson, 1977
Peter Stastny and Marian Stastny, 1983
Pavel Bure and Valeri Bure, 2000

Playing against each other:

Lionel Conacher and Charlie Conacher in 1934
Max Bentley and Doug Bentley in 1948, 1949, and 1951
Phil Esposito and Tony Esposito in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974
Brian Sutter and Brent Sutter in 1985
Brian Mullen and Joe Mullen in 1989
Derian Hatcher and Kevin Hatcher in 1997

You know, there's been a lot of NHL brother combinations over the years. At first I was surprised that there weren't more all star brothers, but upon further thought maybe not. For all the brother combinations out there, it is pretty rare to see two good enough in the same season to make the All Star team.

I suspect the Sedin Twins will one day join the list above. The Staals might have a good shot too. Maybe Saku and Mikko Koivu? It makes for a good story, that's for sure.

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