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Kostitsyn brothers make history

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Where else would two brothers enjoy playing their first regular-season NHL game together but in a place known as the city of Brotherly Love! The setting could hardly be better for Sergei and elder brother Andrei, who will take to the ice tonight at the Wachovia Center to become the 13th brother combination in team history to suit up for a game with the Canadiens, and the first two European siblings to do so.   

The first such occurrence goes back 97 years when netminder Georges Vézina and brother Pierre played with the Canadiens in 1911-12 as the first pair to play together with the team. Over the years, several brother combinations got to share the same ice with the Canadiens. In the twenties, no less than four pairs of brothers successively skated with the Canadiens; Odie and Sprague Cleghorn, Sylvio and Georges Mantha, Pit and Hector Lépine, Aurèle and René Joliat, as well as Billy and Robert Boucher.

The last siblings to take to the ice together in a Canadiens jersey were the Lebeau brothers, Patrick and Stephan, back in 1990-91.

Here are the 12 other brother combinations to have played together with the Canadiens.

Brothers Season(s)
Georges & Pierre Vézina 1911-12
Odie & Sprague Cleghorn 1921-22/1924-25
Billy & Robert Boucher 1923-24
Aurèle & René Joliat 1924-25
Pit & Hec Lépine 1925-26
Sylvio & Georges Mantha 1928-29/1935-36
Ken & Terry Reardon 1941-42
Maurice & Henri Richard 1955-56/1959-60
Frank & Pete Mahovlich 1970-71/1973-74
Larry & Moe Robinson 1979-80
Claude & Jocelyn Lemieux 1988-89/1989-90
Stephan & Patrick Lebeau 1990-91
Andrei & Sergei Kostitsyn 2007-08
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