Jared Staal, whose three older brothers are already established NHL players, has yet to see action in The Show through two full professional seasons and counting. There is still ample time for the 22-year-old, but history bears a bevy of cautionary tales about skating siblings whose common bloodlines do not amount to common fulfillment.
There have been some brother combinations so disproportionate that they would be virtually impossible to believe without the documentation. For instance, would you believe that Gordie Howe, who formed a dynamic troika with his two sons in the World Hockey Association, briefly shared an NHL ice surface with his own brother as opponents?
It’s true. The tandem of Gordie and Vic Howe is one of the dozens of cases of one NHLer having either played in at least 700 more NHL games or logged at least 10 times as many appearances as his brother. In at least one other case, a future Hall of Famer had a brother chosen in the NHL draft, only to settle for less than a decade of strict bus-league action.
The starkly contrary NHL resumes of the Howes and 24 other sibling duos or trios are recounted as follows.