Paul Stastny continues to be the new leader of the Avalanche as he tops the team in scoring with 27 points in 31 games. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
As I did last week and will again on Jan. 3, here are some of the NHL’s more recent father-son combos.
Some, like the first family listed, are sure to be familiar, while other duos may not be so well known.
Father – A ’98 HHOF inductee, Peter played with brothers Anton and Marian with the Nordiques. Now a member of the European parliament, Peter is 34th all-time in NHL scoring.
Son I – Yan doesn’t have his younger brother’s scoring acumen, but his hard work has paid off in a regular spot with the Blues after stops with the B’s and Oil.
Son II – Paul is assuming the mantle of top dog in Colorado as Joe Sakic’s amazing career comes to an end; inked a five-year, $33-million extension in November.
Father – After 324 NHL games with the Flames and North Stars, Mike now coaches at his alma mater, Wisconsin; brother Murray also played in NHL.
Son – A first-round pick (29th overall) of the Senators in ’03, Patrick now plies his trade with the Hurricanes, where he has struggled with injury.
Father – A veteran of 15 NHL seasons, including three as captain in Washington, Ryan played more than 1000 games and is now an assistant coach in Vancouver.
Son – Drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) in 2004, Ben was picked up in a 2006 trade by the Isles, who just recalled the 24-year-old center from the American League’s Bridgeport Tuesday.
Father – Bob played 24 NHL games in net with the Penguins and Blues and actually finished with a .500 record (9-9-1).
Son – Following in his father’s footsteps, Brent also tends goal, but with a higher degree of success; the 31-year-old has a 109-92-13-21 career record and is the current No. 1 with the Caps.
Father – Chuck may hold the record for playing for defunct/relocated/merged teams – he suited up for the Atlanta Flames, K.C. Scouts, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Barons and Minnesota North Stars during eight NHL seasons; played for the Caps and Habs, too.
Son – Six seasons into his career, Tyler still hasn’t fulfilled his potential, notching only 232 points in 446 games with the Avs, Sens and Hawks.
Father – Grabbed fifth overall by the Barons in the NHL draft and fourth overall by the Oilers in the WHA draft in 1977, Mike never lived up to his lofty draft status, playing only 475 NHL games and scoring just 123 points.
Son – Snagged off waivers by the Blues when the Stars tried to recall him earlier this season, B.J. is proving he deserves a full-time NHL home with seven points in his past six games.
Father – Rick saw action with the Habs, Blues and Wings during his four-year NHL career and has been an assistant coach with Dallas since 1993; was also the Stars bench-boss bridge for 32 games between Ken Hitchcock and Dave Tippett in ’02.
Son – After four seasons in Europe, Landon, the 19th overall pick in 1993, returned to the NHL for this campaign after signing with the Stars; the 33-year-old has also seen time with Avs, B’s, Yotes and Pens.
Edward Fraser is the editor of thehockeynews.com. His blog normally appears Thursdays.
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