March 1 — Skating With Siblings & Hughes Brothers Trivia

Yesterday’s NHL Scores

Last Night’s News 📰

NHL, IIHF SANCTION RUSSIA: On Monday, the NHL and IIHF separately announced measures against the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. The NHL suspended relationships with Russian business partners and paused the league’s Russian social and digital media platforms. Meanwhile, the IIHF announced the suspension of Russia and Belarus from every level of international play, including revoking hosting duties for the 2023 World Junior Championships from the Russian cities of Novosibirsk and Omsk.

BLACK HISTORY NIGHT IN DC: Last night was Black History Night for the Washington Capitals, and the team celebrated in multiple ways. The Caps invited Bill Riley, the NHL’s third black player, and his granddaughter Kryshanda Green, a record-setting Canadian college forward, to drop the ceremonial opening faceoff in addition to wearing special jersey patches and helmet decals to honor the Fort Dupont Cannons and head coach Neal Henderson.

ICE ARRIVES IN HAMILTON: Yesterday, the 53-foot Heritage Classic Ice Plant truck, the world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit, arrived in Hamilton to prepare for the 2022 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic. The Buffalo Sabres will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Tim Hortons Field, the home of Hamilton Tigercats of the Canadian Football League, on March 13. 

GETTING FITTED FOR HATS: For the first time in his NHL career, Jake DeBrusk notched a hat trick at hockey’s highest level. Entering the game with five points in his last four games, DeBrusk notched two first-period goals and completed his three-goal night less than a minute into the second period as the Boston Bruins shut out the Los Angeles Kings, 7-0. 

Trivia Tuesday

How Well Do You Know the Hughes Brothers?

  1. Quinn Hughes says he models his game based on which NHL defensemen?
    • Duncan Keith and Kris Letang
    • Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer
    • Nicklas Lidström and Brian Rafalski
    • Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson

  2. Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal against which team?
    • New York Islanders
    • Arizona Coyotes
    • Vancouver Canucks
    • Detroit Red Wings

  3. How many times have Jack and Quinn faced each other at the NHL level?
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
    • Five

Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.

March Madness

After seeing everything that went down during a 28-day February, one that wasn’t supposed to feature all that much NHL action, think about what’s in store over the 31 days in March, which offers a full slate of games. As of now, all but maybe one division—the Colorado Avalanche-dominated Central—is up for grabs and every major individual award remains hotly contested. March could go a long way in clearing up many of those races.

Here is what we are most looking forward to over the coming 31 days. What are you most anticipating?

Jack’s Back & Other Returns

Jack Eichel of the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

Circle March 10 on your calendars, hockey fans. That night, Jack Eichel returns to Buffalo for the first time as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. March also features lesser returns, including Nick Ritchie heading back to Toronto alongside former Maple Leaf Phil Kessel and Pavel Buchnevich and his St. Louis Blues hosting his old teammates on the New York Rangers. In Cup contender clashes, the Avs and Carolina Hurricanes do battle, as do the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. Too bad Ben Simmons likely won’t be ready to return to Philadelphia with the Brooklyn Nets in NBA action that night!

Trades, Trades, Trades!

Sure, we all hope for a busy few weeks featuring some wheeling and dealing that comes to a head with a frenzy of activity on March 21, but we all know that doesn’t always happen. Even still, the NHL Trade Deadline has—more often than not—delivered in some way and remains an exciting period of buzz and speculation among hockey fans. Just remember that The Hockey Writers will have you covered!

Ovie Passes Jágr

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

With 32 goals scored over five months of action this season, Alex Ovechkin has averaged a little over six goals per month. It’s a good bet, then, that he will use the Washington Capitals’ 13 March contests to notch at least five goals and propel himself past Jaromir Jágr into third all-time on the NHL’s goals list. Ovie has already surpassed Marcel Dionne and Brett Hull this year, so it’s only a matter of time.

By the Numbers: Brothers in the NHL

Brothers Jack and Quinn Hughes faced off against each other for the third time in the NHL last night when Jack’s New Jersey Devils hosted Quinn’s Vancouver Canucks. Jack got the better of his older brother once again, scoring the first goal of the game and leading the Devils to a 7-2 victory. It’s always notable when multiple brothers even make it to the NHL, so it’s worth noting when they play against each other. Let’s look at some numbers related to brothers in the NHL.

323 – Sets of brothers who have played in the NHL, with 22 sets of brothers currently active.

47 – Groups of brothers who played on the same team in the NHL. Of those, 10 won the Stanley Cup while on the same team. 

1943 – Year the NHL’s first all-brother line debuted. On Jan. 1, Reg, Max, and Doug Bentley of the Chicago Black Hawks skated on the same forward line. Two days later, they became the first and only trio of family members to take part in a goal. Reg scored, while Max and Doug both assisted on the play. It would turn out to be Reg’s lone NHL goal, as he only played 11 career games in the league while his brothers both became Hall of Famers.

6 – Sutter brothers played in the NHL, the most from any one family. They also hold the record for most brothers to play in the same game (four). Three of their sons also played in the league, making the Sutters the most prolific family in NHL history. Six is also the number of twins who have played in the NHL, including Rich and Ron Sutter.

7 – Collections of brothers in the Hockey Hall of Fame, led by Lionel, Charlie, and Roy Conacher, siblings from the early 1900s who completed a clean sweep by getting inducted.

Trivia Answers

  1. Duncan Keith & Kris Letang
  2. Vancouver Canucks
  3. Three

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