The Canadiens calculate that Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn tonight become the 13th brothers to play for the club. Here’s the team’s release with information probably dug up by the club’s unofficial historian, Carl Lavigne:
MONTREAL – Where else would two brothers enjoy playing their first regular-season NHL game but in a place known as the city of Brotherly Love!The setting could hardly be better for Sergei and elder brother Andrei who will take to the ice tonight at the Wachovia Centre to become the 13th brother combination in team history to dress up for a game with the Canadiens, and the first two European siblings to do so.
The first such occurrence goes back 97 years when netminder Georges Vézina and brother Pierre played with the Canadiens in 1911-12 as the first brother pair to play together with the team.
Over the years, several brother combinations got to share the same ice with the Canadiens. In the ’20s no less than four brother combinations successively skated with the Canadiens; Odie and Sprague Cleghorn, Sylvio and Georges Mantha, Pit and Hector Lépine, Aurèle and René Joliat, as well as Billy and Bobby Boucher.
The last siblings to take to the ice together in a Canadiens jersey were the Lebeau brothers, Patrick and Stephan, back in 1990-91.
Here are the 12 other brother combinations to have played together with the Canadiens:
Georges & Pierre Vézina (1911-12)
Odie & Sprague Cleghorn (1921-22 / 1924-25)
Billy & Robert Boucher (1923-24)
Aurèle & René Joliat (1924-25)
Pit & Hector Lépine (1925-26)
Sylvio & Georges Mantha (1928-29 / 1935-36)
Ken & Terry Reardon (1941-42)
Maurice & Henri Richard (1955-56 / 1959-60)
Frank & Pete Mahovlich (1970-71 / 1973-74)
Larry & Moe Robinson (1979-80)
Claude & Jocelyn Lemieux (1988-89 / 1989-90)
Stephan & Patrick Lebeau (1990-91)
Below: The Canadiens’ Reardon brothers, Kenny (left) and Terry.