Two of the Staal brothers will be playing in tonight’s Penguins-Rangers match-up. Marc and Jordan will be facing each other, which can’t be easy for mom and dad.
They’re not the first set of brothers to face each other in the playoffs.
Brothers Rich (St. Louis Blues), Ron (St. Louis Blues), and Brent Sutter (Chicago BlackHawks) faced each other in the first round of the 1992 play-offs. Chicago won and ultimately lost the final to Pittsburgh.
Brothers have had to square off against each other six times when competing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The first time brothers faced each other in a Stanley Cup final, it was actually two sets of brothers. Buck Boucher and Cy Denneny played for the Ottawa Senators in 1923, and Frank Boucher and Corb Denneny played for the Vancouver Maroons. Buck and Cy were the victors. (You can read more about that here.)
In 1929, Tiny Thompson’s Boston Bruins came out on top over Paul’s New York Rangers.
Lionel Conacher was in a Montreal Maroons uniform when he had to face brother Charlie, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was an all-Canadian Cup final that the Maroons won.
Ken Reardon played for the Montreal Canadiens and Terry Reardon played for the Boston Bruins when they came up against each other in the finals in 1946. The Canadiens won.
Scott and Rob Niedermayer squared off in the Stanley Cup finals in 2003. Scott played for the New Jersey Devils; Rob for the Anaheim Ducks. The Devils won, but Scott and Rob got to celebrate together four years later as members of the Ducks.
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