Sometimes, greatness runs in the family. The sports world has seen some incredible father-son duos, with the likes of the NBA’s Dell and Steph Curry, NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr., MLB’s Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., and boxing’s Ken Norton Sr. and Jr. dominating their sport from one generation to the next.
Hockey has its own royal families, too. On Thursday, St. Louis Blues winger Alexander Steen recorded his 599th, 600th and 601st career NHL points after assisting on all three of Ivan Barbashev’s goals against Detroit. In doing so, Alexander and his father, Thomas, became just the fourth father-son duo in NHL history to record 600-plus points each, joining an elite group of hockey stars.
Between Alexander (601) and Thomas (817), the Steens have combined for 1,418 points. For most of his career, Alexander has been a very reliable forward, hitting 50-plus points five times from 2010-11 through 2016-17 and, like his dad during his tenure in Winnipeg, is a fan favorite with the Blues.
Who will be next to join the Steens? The next-closest father-son pair is the Tkachuks. Longtime Blues winger Keith Tkachuk called it quits at 1,065 points, while his sons, third-year NHLer Matt (173) and rookie Brady (37), are making impacts with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators, respectively. The Nylanders are on the radar, too. Toronto Maple Leafs winger William (158) and Buffalo Sabres prospect Alexander (five) are hoping to join dad, Michael (679), in the 600-point club at some point in the future.
Here are the three other families that had a father and son record at least 600 points in their career:
The Howes: Gordie (1,850) and Mark (742)
Imagine the pressure of having Mr. Hockey as your father. That was the shadow Mark played in, and while very few players could compete against Gordie, who won the Stanley Cup four times and rivals Wayne Gretzky in terms of records, Mark established himself as a star, becoming one of the greatest blueliners in Philadelphia Flyers history and earning himself a place in the Hall of Fame. Gordie does have the distinction of playing the most games in NHL history, and he’s also one of only 33 players to record over a point-per-game with more than 1,000 games played. That’s not to mention he’s just one of two players to ever score 800-plus goals, a feat matched only by Gretzky. Gordie’s other son, Marty, also played in the NHL, but never matched the success of Mark. Marty had just 31 points to his credit with Hartford and Boston.
The Hulls: Bobby (1,170) and Brett (1,391)
Bobby and Brett are the only father-son combo to exceed 1,000 points individually, and their 2,561 total points fall only 31 points short of matching Gordie and Mark Howe’s combined output. Bobby, known as ‘The Golden Jet,’ retired as the second-highest goal-scoring player in both NHL and WHA history and became just the second NHLer to record 100 points back in 1968-69. Brett was a natural goal-scorer who had eight 40-goal seasons, including two 70-plus goal campaigns and a monster 86-goal output in 1990-91. Brett went on to win two Stanley Cups – it should be one if you ask Buffalo Sabres fans about 1999 – and would go on to be the GM of the Dallas Stars for a couple of seasons after retiring in 2005.
The Stastnys: Peter (1,239) and Paul (676)
It wasn’t that long ago that the Stastnys joined this list of elite scoring families. Currently sitting at 1,915 combined points, Paul reached the 600-point plateau on Oct. 19, 2017, while a member of the Blues, scoring against the Colorado Avalanche, which, coincidentally, is the same franchise his father played for back when they were the Quebec Nordiques. Peter was a dominant force for the powerful Czechoslovakia national teams of the mid-1970s and was only outscored in the NHL by Wayne Gretzky during the 1980s. Stastny also has the distinction of representing three countries in his career: Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and Canada. While Paul will never reach the offensive heights of his father, the Vegas Golden Knights pivot has been a serviceable two-way forward for over a decade and won silver at the 2010 Olympics with the United States. Surprisingly, neither Stastny has won the Stanley Cup, and at 33, Paul’s time is running out.