Top 5 NHL Brothers: Which Family Rules The League?
1. The Staal Brothers
Often referred to as part of the first family of hockey, the Staal brothers are all superstars in their own right. Hailing from a small town in Canada, Eric, Marc, Jordan and Jared were born to play the game. The four brothers stand a towering 6-foot-4 and weigh between 200 and 220 pounds.
Eric, 26, plays center for the Carolina Hurricanes. Entering his seventh NHL season, Eric was recently named captain. He's also a member of the “Triple Gold Club,” meaning he has won an Olympic gold medal, a Stanley Cup and a World Championship.
Marc, 23, is a New York Rangers defenseman. In the 2009-10 season, Marc scored 8 goals and 19 assists.
Jordan, 22, plays center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the second overall pick in 2006 and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009, the same year he had 21 goals and 28 assists. He is currently recovering from a broken hand.
Jared, 20, was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010 and assigned to their affiliate team in the ECHL, the Florida Everblades as a right winger. If the family pedigree is any indication, he'll be an NHL difference-maker before his career is over.
2. The Sedin Brothers
Twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin, from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, both play for the Vancouver Canucks and have been for 10 years, when their NHL careers began. They were also part of the gold-medal winning Swedish hockey team at the 2006 Olympics.
Daniel, 30, is a left winger. He is ranked as the fifth-highest goal scorer in franchise history. He was also awarded the Cyrus H. McLean trophy in 2007 and 2009, given every season by the Canucks to the leading scorer.
Henrik (also 30, obviously) plays center. As the Canucks' captain, Henrik is known for his playmaking skills. In 2009, he scored 29 goals and had 83 assists. He was awarded the Cyrus H. McLean trophy in 2008, 2009 (the brothers tied with 29 goals) and 2010 by the Canucks and the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2010 at the NHL Awards.
3. The Miller Brothers
Ryan Miller, 30, is the starting goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres. Born in East Lansing, Michigan, he has been in the NHL since 1999. Miller was one of the stars of the U.S. hockey team that won the silver medal in the 2010 Olympics. He was named MVP of the Olympics and also received the Vezina Trophy and the NHL Foundation layer Award at the 2010 NHL Awards.
Drew Miller, 26, plays for the Detroit Red Wings. The 6-foot-2 forward played 80 games in 2009 and finished with 10 goals and 9 assists.
4. The Koivu Brothers
Saku Koivu, 36, is a center for the Anaheim Ducks. He began his NHL career in 1995 with the Montreal Canadiens and has earned 700 career points and almost 500 career assists. He courageously recovered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2001, returning in September of that year to play in three games for the Canadians.
Mikko Koivu, 27, is the captain of the Minnesota Wild, where he has played in 362 career games. The 6-foot-2 center scored 22 goals last season and added 49 assists.
5. The Schenn Brothers
Luke Schenn, 21, is a defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he started his NHL career in 2008. In 2009, Schenn played in 79 games and inflicted a team-high 67 hits.
Luke's younger brother, Brayden, 19, is a center for the L.A. Kings. Drafted in 2009, Brayden is currently back with the Kings after they loaned him to the Manchester Monarchs for a seven-game conditioning period in November.
The Michalek Brothers
Milan Michalek, 25, is a left winger for the Ottawa Senators. In 2009, he played 66 games, finishing with 22 goals and 12 assists. His brother Zbynek is a 27-year-old defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The six year veteran was signed by the Penguins in 2010.
The Hossa Brothers
Marian Hossa, 31 is a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks last season, his 14th in the NHL. Marcel Hossa, 29, plays for the Russian league, KHL, as a forward. He formerly played for the Canadiens, Rangers and Coyotes.
The Kostitsyn Brothers
Andrei Kostitsyn, 25, is a left winger who scored 15 goals and recorded 18 assists for the Montreal Canadiens last season. Sergei, 23, was recently acquired by the Nashville Predators. He has played 21 games so far for the Predators and has 3 goals and 3 assists.