WINNIPEG - It's a bit of a family reunion tonight as the Winnipeg Jets (12-8-4) take on the Carolina Hurricanes (16-6-1) to close out a four-game home stand.
Evgeny Svechnikov, who has been hosting his parents for the past week during a visit from Russia, will face-off with his younger brother Andrei Svechnikov as the Jets look to win their third consecutive game.
It's not the first time the two have played against each other in the National Hockey League, but it's still a chance to reflect on how far they've come. The two brothers played against each other a handful of times last year, but tonight will be special.
"It will be the first game for them to watch us play in the NHL. I'm happy for my mom and dad," Svechnikov said. "What they've done for us since day one, there is a lot to it. Sacrifice, tears and cries. We switched cities, sleeping on the floors, and everything else. I'm very proud of my parents and my brother as well. I'm very excited for them to watch tonight."