Family comes first in 2013 Draft

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July 3, 2013 by Cups n Pucks

By Joe Baugnet

The 2013 NHL Draft was filled with surprises that included goaltender, Cory Schneider being traded to the New Jersey Devils. One of the most surprising aspects of the draft this year was that there was an excessive amount of offspring being drafted. We know hockey runs in the family, but there has to be a little bit of mom there too, right?

For starters, let’s knock out the most talked about kid to be drafted. In what some called an emotional draft selection, and what I call kissing ass, the New Jersey Devils drafted Anthony Brodeur, Martin Brodeur’s son. I guess investing in Brodeur’s genes could be considered a solid strategy? I would imagine by the 7th round the team was doing Martin a favor for his years of service.

This is so surreal, no other way to explain it…I’ve grown up watching the Devils, cheering on the Devils, cheering on my dad; so being in this jersey right now in this arena and everything is awesome.”

Here’s Anthony’s interview:

The second most popular family member drafted was Tie Domi’s son, Max. Although the “Tie Fighter” wasn’t able to make a scene by drafting his son himself, the two were still able to share their special moment on TSN. Tie and his son are polar opposites when it comes to hockey skill sets, but Max seemed to take a lot from his father’s lengthy career.

On his father’s career: “He played 17 years in the NHL so he was doing something right, and he’s probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met… I kind of take bits and pieces of what he did in his career and implement them into mine, hoping for the best.” -Max Domi

Climbing down the family tree, Kerby Rychel was taken No. 19 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is the son of former NHL forward, Warren Rychel, who played for the Colorado Avalanche’s Stanley Cup winning team in 1996. Warren is currently part-owner and general manger of the Windsor Spitfires (OHL), the team in which his son is currently playing for. Imagine that?

To make some of you feel very old, Detroit’s 20th pick was Anthony Mantha. Mantha is the grandson of Andre Pronovost, who was part of the four-straight Red Wing championships from 1957-1960.

Tyler Bertuzzi, the nephew of Todd Bertuzzi, was drafted in the second round by the Red Wings as well. Uncle Toddy was drafted by the Islanders in 1983 and currently plays for the Wings.

So in theory…

If you have a family member in the NHL, spend a ton of money to train your kid and they’ll become a professional in no time or you can just let natural selection do its work and watch the inevitable happen.

For the rest of the names (there was too many for me to care about) visit

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