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THN.com Blog: Like father, like son (Pt. 1)

Zach Parise, the 17th overall pick in 2003, has 29 points in 25 games so far this season. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Zach Parise, the 17th overall pick in 2003, has 29 points in 25 games so far this season. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hockey community is a close-knit one and that intimacy is only strengthened by the shared bloodlines that have run through the generations. Take, for instance, the Geoffrions: When Nashville second-rounder Blake Geoffrion skates in his first Predators game, he’ll be the fourth generation of his family to reach the NHL.

Here are a few – with more next week and again in the new year – of hockey’s recent father-son combos; the proviso being the younger must be in or on his way to the NHL:

The Sutters
Father – Brent is one of six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL; he’s the current coach in New Jersey.
Son – A 2007 first-rounder, Brandon is in his rookie season with the Hurricanes; he played junior under his father in Red Deer.

The Campbells
Father – Rough-and-tumble, 11-year NHLer with nearly 1,500 PIMs, Colin now serves as the league’s chief disciplinarian.
Son – Less of a pugilist than his pops, Gregory is in his third full year with the Panthers.

The Steens
Father – Thomas racked up 817 points over 14 seasons, all with the Winnipeg Jets; he’s the only Swede to have his number retired by an NHL club.
Son – Leafs had high hopes when they drafted Alex in the first round in 2002, but gave up recently, dealing him to St. Louis.

The Nilssons
Father – Kent holds the record for most points in a single NHL season by a Swede with 131 in 1980-81 with Flames.
Son – Will never put up numbers like his dad, but Robert has shifty skills that can help the Oilers, a team his dad played 23 games for.

The Bourques
Father – A 2004 Hall of Famer and one of the game’s all-time greats, Ray played 21 seasons with the Bruins before winning a Stanley Cup with the Avs.
Son – Slight of size, but not of effort, Chris, a winger with the Capitals, continues to try and find a full-time roster spot in Washington.

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The Gagners
Father – Taken 12th overall in the impressive 1983 draft, Dave had a solid career and twice scored 40 goals with the Minnesota North Stars.
Son – Is struggling in his sophomore campaign with the Oilers after putting up 49 freshman points; dad was an assistant in Sam’s one year with the Ontario League’s London Knights.

The Malones
Father – After seven seasons with the Penguins, Greg had brief stops with both the Whalers and Nordiques; he’s now the head pro scout for the Lightning.
Son – Born in Pittsburgh, Ryan moved on to Tampa Bay following four years with the flightless birds. 

The Gustafssons
Father – Bengt-Ake averaged close to a point a game over 629 NHL games and won gold at the 1991 worlds; he’s now coach of Sweden’s national team.
Son – The 21st overall pick in the 2008 draft, Anton is yet another reason Capitals fans should be excited as much about the future as the present.

The McRaes
Father – A tough guy in the truest sense, Basil accumulated nearly 2,500 penalty minutes in just 576 NHL contests; played junior with the London Knights.
Son – Currently a high-scoring center with his dad’s junior club, Philip will eventually help the Blues, who picked him at No. 33 in 2008.

The Parises
Father – J-P carved out 12 full NHL seasons as a renowned two-way player and suited up for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series.
Son – In his fourth NHL season, Zach is on pace to become the first 50-goal scorer in Devils history.

Edward Fraser is the editor of thehockeynews.com. His blog normally appears Thursdays.

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