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Five sets of brothers playing in same games Tuesday

Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 1:38 PM / 2011-2012 Season Preview

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Five sets of brothers playing in same games Tuesday
The Kessels, Wheelers and Bogosians will go up against one another while the Russells and Toews will suit up together as five sets of brothers play in the same preseason games Tuesday.
In the 1995 comedy classic "Tommy Boy," Chris Farley uttered one of the movie's many memorable lines to Rob Lowe, who was about to become his brother by marriage.

"Brothers don't shake hands! Brothers gotta hug!"

It's a well-meaning philosophy about loving your sibling, but for three of the five sets of brothers playing in the same NHL games on Tuesday, there likely won't be much way in the way of affection when they're on the ice.

Phil
Kessel
Blake Kessel
Brothers Phil and Blake Kessel and Luke and Brayden Schenn will be on opposite sides when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, Leafs TV). When the Winnipeg Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a split-squad game at 8:30 p.m., the Jets will have defenseman Zach Bogosian looking to shut down brother Aaron Bogosian, a forward for Columbus.

In that same Jackets-Jets game -- the first one in Winnipeg in 15 years -- brothers Kris and Ryan Russell will be playing together. Jonathan and David Toews will also share a bench as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Edmonton Oilers at 9 p.m.

When the Kessels and Schenns meet, the Leafs will have the older brothers in the matchup. Phil is 23 and Blake is 22, while Luke is 21 and Brayden is 20. It didn't take long for Brayden to identify the potential meeting with Luke after he was traded to the Flyers from the Kings during the offseason.

Luke Schenn
Brayden Schenn
"We've been talking ever since the schedule came out and there was a chance we'd be able to play against each other," Brayden told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It would be pretty exciting and cool for us."

With Brayden a center and Luke a defenseman, there's potential for the two to come together on the ice.

"I'm sure it's going to be a little different," Brayden said. "He's an opponent and I've got to play him just as any other guy."

Blake would just like a chance to match up against Phil if the two are both on the ice Tuesday.

"If I'm playing, I kind of hope he is playing," said the younger Kessel to Philadelphia Sports Daily. "Just to get out there against him, it'd be nice to finally play against him after being around him so much all my life, and him always trying to help me. It would be nice to kind of put my skills to the test against him and see how things would go."

The Bogosian boys were teammates in high school but have never faced each other. Zach will be flying their dad, Ike, into Winnipeg for Tuesday's game. While Zach is established in the NHL, Aaron is still trying to reach that point.

"I think it will be fun just to see him on the ice, no matter how he does," Zach said. "I'm so proud of him and how he has worked."

Jonathan Toews
David Toews
The last time the Toews brothers were teammates was when they were children -- Jonathan was 6 and David was 4.

"It was my first year of playing and I wasn't that great of a skater or anything, so he'd try to skate around and pass me the puck," David said. "He would tell me to go to the net and then try to pass me the puck to get me an empty net. It was a lot of fun. We've always talked about having the opportunity to one day play together again, so it's going to be a lot of fun (tonight). It's just a great opportunity for me."

Jonathan is only two years older, but he boasts a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy while acting as captain of the Blackhawks. David, meanwhile, is just trying to earn his way onto an NHL roster, and being around his world-class brother can only help that cause.

"We always talk hockey," Jonathan said. "I guess sometimes I'm a little hard on him, but he's hungry and determined and wants to get better. He wants to find his own way and learn from his mistakes himself, which is a good thing. He's worked hard on his skating, and he's getting better and better. The No. 1 thing is that our family is passionate about hockey, so it's good to see him get the chance."

The games involving sets of brothers make up only three of the 11 on Tuesday night's schedule, the second of the NHL preseason.

Winnipeg also plays in Columbus at 7 p.m. in the opening half of the split-squad matchup. The Canucks and Flames have a similar set-up, with separate teams meeting at 9 p.m. in Calgary and 10 p.m. in Vancouver. Also on the schedule, Nashville is in Washington for a 7 p.m. start, Dallas visits Montreal at 7:30 and St. Louis hosts Tampa Bay at 8. In another 9 p.m. game, Minnesota is in Edmonton. Closing out the night on ice, Anaheim welcomes in Phoenix at 10 p.m.

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