I was thinking about that again this morning; that gene pool.
It's amazing how these traits follow down thru' family genes. It looks like maybe the Lemieuxs & Staals are going to join the Sutters & the Hulls in doing that too. No mean feat! The Staal brothers, with two already & another two in the wings...jeez!
The odds are so vast when you think about it. Some get to the minors but not much further. For more than one family member to get as far as the NHL tho' that's so amazing.
And some of the best ever to play the game too. Maurice & Henri Richard; Wayne Gretzky, Tony & Phil Esposito; & pre Brett, the brothers Hull...Bobby and Dennis. The Stastny brothers Marion, Peter & Anton; the Hossas...I'm sure I don't have to name everyone. Oh yeah! Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier; they all had NHL brothers, although not of the same transcendent quality. Look at the Sedin twins today. Keith & Wayne Primeau today, Tyler Arnason & Ryan Malone were raised by NHL fathers today.
And while the legacy of hockey fathers & sons is impressive, look at the list of accomplished hockey brothers alone. Twenty-eight pairs have been NHL teammates, & five pairs, including the Sedins, were both drafted within the top five picks. That is incredible really! Scott & Rob Niedermeyer & (here; blow me away) playing for a Sutter, Calgary's Robin & Richie Regehr.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Somebody here is going to mention the Hanson brothers so I'll beat you to it...
Seriously, the young kids coming up today are from gene pools that have wowed us in the past & are going to do it for years to come I'm sure.
It's a good time to be a hockey fan, isn't it?