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Blood Brothers
 
MONTREAL | July 28th, 2011
Blood Brothers
As kids, they loved playing hockey together. As adults… not much changed.

Since the birth of the Canadiens organization, 12 sets of brothers have skated together for the team. The first dynamic duo to lay stake to that claim was made up of brothers Georges and Pierre Vézina back in 1911-12. While George’s stint manning the Canadiens’ crease spanned 14 full seasons with the club, brother Pierre hit the ice for only a single game with the Habs. While that’s often how things go when it comes to brothers playing together, there have also been a number of exceptions over the course of the last 100 years.

The 1920s were a particularly prolific decade when it came to famous family members skating for the Habs. In 1924-25, out of the 13 players on the Canadiens’ roster, two sets of brothers – Odie and Sprague Cleghorn and Aurèle and Robert Joliat – managed to play together during a single game. While Robert Joliat played just one game, the Cleghorn brothers remained on the team together for four whole seasons. During the Habs’ 1921-22 campaign, Odie and Sprague ranked first and second in points out of all players on the roster. The 20s also introduced Habs fans to Sylvio Mantha and sibling Georges who came to join him in 1928-29. The two would form a defensive pairing for the Canadiens in their 1929-30 campaign.

It would take 10 more years before another pair of brothers would enter the Canadiens’ ranks. After one year with the Boston Bruins, Terry Reardon would head to Montreal to join his bother Ken as part of the Habs’s 1941-42 season. After a stretch of 46 games spread out over two seasons with the club, Terry would make his way back to Beantown while Ken joined the army to fight on the frontlines. He would continue his career with the Canadiens after the war, winning a Stanley Cup with the club in 1945-46.

Legendary

In the 1950s, Montreal was introduced to the most important pair of family members to ever play for the Canadiens in brothers Maurice and Henri Richard. Together, the duo have an accumulated haul of 19 Stanley Cup rings – all with the Canadiens – and dressed for 2547 regular-season and playoff games in Canadiens’ uniforms. They both played integral roles in the shaping of the team’s history and both have their jersey’s currently hanging from the Bell Centre rafters.

Little “M”, Big”M”

The 1970s marked the era of the Mahovlich brothers, Frank and Peter, who saw their names etched together on the Stanley Cup on two separate occasions – the first in 1970-71 and the second in 1972-73. During the regular season in 1973, Frank ranked second among his teammates in scoring, with 93 points, and his brother fourth with a haul of 59. By the end of their 1973 cup win, they had tallied 36 points together in 17 games played.

The brotherly duos that would follow the Mahovlichs would only have the chance to play together for a very short time. Larry Robinson, for instance, would play only one game in the company of his brother Moe in 1979-80. It was the same story in 1988-89 when Jocelyn Lemieux would skate with his brother Claude for a single, fleeting game. They would get a better crack at some ice time together the following year when the two were reunited to play just over 30 games together. Jocelyn was eventually traded to the Chicago Blackhawks that same season, while Claude would finish out the year in Montreal before being traded to the New Jersey Devils.

It was a similar case for Stéphan and Patrick Lebeau during the 1990-91 season when Patrick played only two games in Montreal, spending the majority of the season with the Fredricton Canadiens. Despite only having a few NHL games under his belt he recorded a goal and an assists during those games.

The last duo from recent years was lucky enough to enjoy a little more time together as part of the organization. The Kostitsyn brothers were reunited in Montreal in 2007-08 where they played the majority of the season together, with Sergei also having a short stint with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In 52 games with the Canadiens that year, the young Kostitsyn amassed a total of 27 points. Andrei, who then was playing his first full season with the Habs, put up 53 points, ranking him sixth among the team’s leading scorers. From 2008-10 the brothers continued to play together in Montreal before Sergei was traded to the Nashville Predators on June 29, 2010.

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