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Since it is Fathers Day, I thought it would be great if I looked back at some of the most recent father and son hockey families and rank the top ten of the past decade. I will only be ranking one father with one son, so the Nylanders, Tkachuks, and Folignos are all evaluated separately. Also, in order to be on this list, each father and son must have a minimum of 200 NHL regular season games under their belt. So, without further a do, let us check out some of the greatest father and son duos of the most recent years.
#10- Sam and Paul Reinhart
Paul Reinhart had an amazing NHL career with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. He totaled 648 points in 559 games, as a defenseman that is very incredible. His son, Sam, was selected second overall in the 2014 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres, and has spent his time with them ever since. In total, Sam Reinhart has 255 points in 400 regular season games.
#9- Brandon and Brent Sutter
The current general manager, coach, president, and owner of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL had a lengthy and productive career in the NHL with the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks. Totaling over 800 points in his career, and winning three Stanley Cups in a row with the New York Islanders, he is no doubt an NHL great. Brandon, on the other hand, did not turn out to be a huge point producer, but a valuable asset none the less. He has recorded 277 points in 727 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Vancouver Canucks
#8- Max and Tie Domi
Tie Domi is known as one of the NHL’s toughest enforcers of all time. His point totals definitely don’t stand out too much, but his penalty minutes total over 3,500. Max, on the other hand, is a natural goal scorer. In his time with the Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens, he has come up with 251 points in 375 games
#7- William and Michael Nylander
Michael Nylander had a lengthy NHL career. In his tenure with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers; he has come up with 679 points in 920 games. Michael also has three World Championship silver medals, three bronze medals, and 2 golds. His son, William, although fairly new to the league, is having a lot of success with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 307 regular season games, he has come up with 221 points. He also has a World Championship gold medal.
#6- Nick and Mike Foligno
The former third overall pick in 1979 had a phenomenal NHL career. Mike spent his playing days with the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, and finally the Florida Panthers. During that span, he recorded 727 points in 1,018 games, that is a .71 point per game average. Current Columbus Blue Jackets captain, Nick Foligno, has also had a great career so far. In 908 games, Nick has come up with 466 points. He spent that time with the Ottawa Senators and the Blue Jackets. Nick Foligno also picked up some hardware along the way. He won the King Clancy Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award after the 2016-17 season.
#5- Sam and Dave Gagner
Dave Gagner had great lengthy NHL tenure. In 946 games with the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, and Vancouver Canucks; the center had over 700 points. Son, Sam, accumulated some good numbers as well. He had hit some bumps in the road, but Sam has accumulated 459 points in 844 regular season games thus far.
#4- Matthew and Keith Tkachuk
Keith Tkachuk is one of the best American hockey players of all time. Throughout his time with the Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, and the Atlanta Thrashers; Tkachuk recorded 1,065 points in 1,201 games. In the 1996-97 season, he recorded 52 goals, which won him the Maurice Richard Trophy, for the most goals in the league. His first born son, Matthew, like William Nylander, is very new to the league. However, he made an instant impact as soon as he hit the Calgary Flames lineup. In 293 regular season games, Matthew has accumulated 235 points.
#3- Zach and Jean-Paul Parise
The late Jean-Paul Parise made a great career for himself in the National Hockey League. He suited up for multiple teams in his career; including the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota North Stars, New York Islanders, and the now debunked Cleveland Barons. In total, he scored 594 points in 890 games. Zach is also having a great career. In his tenure with the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild, he has generated 792 points in 1,015 regular season games.
#2- Alex and Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen is by far one of the most underrated players in NHL history. Don’t just take my word for it, ask his former Winnipeg Jets teammate and current NHL broadcaster Eddie Olczyk. In 950 games with the Jets, Steen recorded 817 points. His son has also come up with a ton of NHL success. Not only has he just won a Stanley Cup, but he has also recorded over 600 points in over 1,000 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues.
#1- Paul and Peter Stastny
With the number one father and son duo, I have the Stastnys. Peter Stastny had an amazing NHL run. In 977 games with the Quebec Nordiques, New Jersey Devils, and St. Louis Blues; he had 1,239 points; that’s a 1.27 point per game average. Although he never won any Stanley Cups, he did win the Calder Trophy, as rookie of the year in the 1980-81 season. Paul has also created quite a name for himself in the NHL thus far. In 945 career games he has recorded 726 points between the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, and Vegas Golden Knights.