Hockey has been often been a family affair throughout its history. There are countless examples of members of a same family playing Hockey at an elite level, many playing at the same time, on the same team, or one against the other. Many examples come to mind; the Gretzkys, the Sedins, the Staals, the Sutters, the Koivus, the Richards, the Hulls, the Howes, the Espositos, the Subbans. The list goes on and on. A few of these families have truly left their mark on hockey forever.
In recent years, the most impactful hockey family has undoubtedly been the Staals. Three of the four brothers, Jordan, Eric and Marc played in the NHL. Not only did they play in the NHL, but they all have long and successful careers that are still ongoing. As the Staal brothers' careers are slowly but surely coming to an end, there is a new hockey family coming to take the NHL by storm: the Hughes.
Quinn is the eldest of the Hughes brothers. He was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, he earned 3 points in 5 games in his first season. This season he already has 2 goals and 12 points in 18 games so far. Those are excellent offensive statistics for any rookie forward. What sets him apart is the fact that he is a defenceman.
Last off-season, the first overall pick in the draft was Quinn's brother, Jack. After dominating the U.S. National Hockey Development Program Team last year by averaging an absolutely whopping 2 points per game, Jack Hughes is now playing for the New Jersey Devils. So far this season, he has 4 goals and 9 points in 17 games. He should certainly become a great, if not dominant player in the NHL.
As it turns out, there is a third Hughes brother. Luke Hughes, a defenceman just like his brother Quinn, is currently playing his first with the US NDPT. He already has 4 goals and 7 points in 7 games facing off against older players. At just 16 years of age, Luke is already 6 feet tall and still growing. His brother Jack says that he is the best skater out of the three on top of having more size. He really looks like a top prospect that could develop into a terrifyingly efficient NHL player. Corey Pronman of The Athletic already believes that he could be selected in the top-3 of the 2021 draft, if not first overall.
If that were the case, the Hughes brothers would be the first ever trio of siblings selected in the top-10 of the NHL Entry Draft, already making them one of the most memorable hockey families in the history of the sport, so early in their career. Mom who was a Hockey player in college and Dad who is a coach must be excited to see their family take over the Hockey world. So are we.