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Schenns set to become latest brothers to battle

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers get together Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, it will be the latest installment in the NHL's rich history of brothers facing off against each other.

Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn will try to shut down Flyers forward and younger brother Brayden Schenn, and the two will likely be on the ice together at times. But that's nothing new in the League, as dozens of brothers have lined up across from each other or as teammates.

In today's NHL, there are brothers everywhere. There are the Staals -- Eric of the Hurricanes, Marc of the Rangers and Jordan of the Penguins. The Sedins, Henrik and Daniel, have been teammates throughout their careers with the Canucks. Chris Stewart is with the Blues while older brother Anthony is with the Hurricanes. Jonathan Toews and younger brother David are with the Blackhawks organization, but David currently with the farm club after the two played together during the preseason.

Throughout the history of the League, there are endless examples of brothers who have played together or on separate teams.

Neal Broten was a member of the 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" team that won gold at the Olympics. He was teammates with Aaron Broten while with the Minnesota North Stars in 1989-90 and was later teammates with Paul Broten as a Dallas Star from 1993-95. Neal would eventually win the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils after he was traded from the Stars mid-season in 1995.

Everyone knows about the talent of Pavel Bure. He scored at least 50 goals in a season five times and reached 60 twice with the Canucks. But some may forget his younger brother, Valeri, was quite the talent as well. He reached the 20-goal mark five times in 10 seasons, but was forced to retire following the 2004 seasons due to injuries. Pavel and Valeri were teammates with the Panthers in 2001-02.

Perhaps the most successful brother duo of all-time are the Richards -- Henri and Maurice. They played together with the Montreal Canadiens from 1955 to 1960 and won a Stanley Cup all five years they were teammates. They won a combined 19 Stanley Cups -- a record unlikely to be touched -- and both are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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The story of the Niedermayers is one of sadness and redemption. Scott was a member of the Devils for the first 13 years of his career, and in 2003, he won the Stanley Cup for a third time. The Devils emerged victorious in seven games against the Ducks, which featured Scott's older brother Rob. But Scott wouldn't have to live long with the guilt of keeping his brother from his dream. The two became teammates with the Ducks, and in 2007, both would have their name etched on the Cup when the Ducks beat the Senators in five games.

Wayne and Brent Gretzky comprise the highest scoring brother duo in NHL history -- of course, the vast majority of that production came from Wayne, who finished his career with 2,857 points in 1,487 games with the Oilers, Kings, Blues and Rangers. Brent had 1 goal and 3 assists in 13 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Of course, there is no more famous group of siblings than the Sutters. There are six in all -- Brian, Darryl, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron -- that played between 1976 and 2001. They set a record that will likely never be broken when four of them were on the ice in the same game. Brent is currently the head coach of the Calgary Flames, a job he was hired for by Duane, who at the time was GM of the team.

There are plenty of others to throw out there -- Bobby and Dennis Hull, Saku and Mikko Koivu, Zbynek and Milan Michalek, Ryan and Drew Miller, Joe and Brian Mullen -- and there will undoubtedly be many more in the future.

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