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Quinn Hughes impresses youngest brother Luke with All-Star play

16-year-old sibling of Canucks rookie is also defenseman, eligible for 2021 NHL Draft

by Mike. G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Quinn Hughes can count on the support of his youngest brother, Luke, when the Vancouver Canucks rookie defenseman makes his first All-Star Game appearance for the Pacific Division in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday (8 p.m. ET.; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"I always watch the All-Star Game, but this year is going to be extra special," Luke Hughes said following practice with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-17 team Monday.

Quinn Hughes ranks third among NHL rookies with 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) and is first with 18 power-play points (three goals, 15 assists) and in average ice time (21:36) in 48 games. He was one of four players who won the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas fan voting to be included in the All-Star Game.


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"It's real exciting," Luke Hughes said. "He's such a good player, is playing with so much confidence right now and he's on a good team, which helps. He's just been playing an all-around good game and, of course, has lots of skill, is smart and can skate. He's playing his game."

The youngest of three hockey-playing brothers, Luke, a 16-year-old defenseman, has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 37 games this season and will be eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Jack Hughes, chosen by the New Jersey Devils with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is the only forward of the three siblings. Quinn is 19 months older than Jack, who is 28 months older than Luke.

"They're both in town the next couple of days, so it's good to see Quinn before he leaves for the All-Star Game," Luke Hughes said. "I watch my brothers a lot because we have such long days at the program. I get home at about 5:30-6 o'clock every day after getting up at 6:10 in the morning to get to school, so I usually have time to watch some highlights after school before practice ... and I'm usually watching my brothers.

"I pick up things but both of their games, but we love the game so much; Jack is super quick and an unbelievable offensive player. Quinn is fast and a great defender."

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Jack Hughes has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) and is tied with Quinn for fourth among NHL rookies with three power-play goals in 40 games.

Luke was asked how Jack has handled himself with so much going on in New Jersey this season. The Devils (17-24-7) are in last place in the Metropolitan Division; they fired coach John Hynes and replaced him with Alain Nasreddine on Dec. 3; traded star forward Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes on Dec 16; and fired general manager Ray Shero and replaced him with Tom Fitzgerald on an interim basis Jan. 12. 

"I mean, to go through a coach firing and firing of a general manager, it's just training him to be a pro," Luke Hughes said. "But he's done all he can and has performed well on and off the ice. He just has to keep it going and I know he will because he has that determination."

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