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After a one week Christmas hiatus, here is the final of a three-part look at some of the NHL’s most recent father-son combos. Click HERE to read Parts 1 and 2.

A reminder: Only listed are families where the younger is already in or on his way to the NHL.

The Sutters

Father – After playing 406 games with the Hawks, Darryl is now the GM in Calgary; had five other brothers who played in the NHL

Son – Brett made his debut for Pop’s Flames on Dec. 23 and scored his first NHL goal; was returned to the American League Friday.

The Pyatts

Father – Drafted by Detroit in 1973, Nelson centered 296 NHL games for the Wings, Caps and Rockies before finishing career in Germany.

Son – A left winger with the Canucks, Taylor struggles to properly use his 6-foot-4 frame, but does have one 20-goal season under his belt in 2006-07; Brother Tom plays in AHL.

The Geoffrions

Father – The son of Habs great Bernie ‘Boom Boom,’ Dan suited up for 111 NHL games in Montreal and Winnipeg and 77 World Association contests with Quebec, scoring 32 total goals.

Son – Currently in his third year at Wisconsin, Blake was a second round pick (56th overall) of the Predators in 2006.

The Plantes

Father – Cam, a defenseman, played in two games with the Maple Leafs, which drafted him in Round 7 in 1983; played most of career overseas and even two years of pro roller hockey.

Son I – Currently tending goal in the ECHL, Tyler was a second round pick (32nd overall) of the Florida in ’05 and could still one day get crease duty for the Cats.

Son II – Tyler’s younger brother, Alex, a 6-foot-4 defenseman selected at the 15 spot in the 2007 draft, is finishing his Western League career with Calgary.

The Nystroms

Father – Nicknamed ‘Mr. Islander’ for his clutch play during the Islanders four Stanley Cups in the ’80s, Bob, a native of Stockholm, played all of his 900 NHL games in New York.

Son – Eric is a solid two-way forward plying his trade for the Flames, where he’s scored five goals in 77 games; played four seasons at the University of Michigan

The Wilsons

Father – A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, spent mostly with the Flames, Carey had 427 points in 552 career games; he was the son of Jerry Wilson, who played three games with the Habs in 1956-57

Son – Selected seventh overall by Nashville in last year’s draft, Colin is in his second season at Boston U. and is currently is his second tour of duty with Team USA at the WJC.

The Tambellinis

Father – Steve carved out a 10-season NHL career that included a Cup victory in 1980 with the Isles; he’s currently the GM in Edmonton

Son – After being drafted 27th overall by the Kings in 2003, Jeff was traded to the team his dad won a Cup with in 2006; has five goals in 108 NHL games.

The Folignos

Father – After playing more than 1000 NHL games and collecting 727 points with the Wings, Sabres, Leafs and Panthers, Mike returned to his junior club, the Sudbury Wolves, to become coach and GM.

Son – In his first full NHL season with the Senators after getting selected by the club 28th overall in 2006, Nick is showing some of the same traits – hard work, grittiness – that made his dad a fan favorite.

Edward Fraser is the editor of His blog normally appears Thursdays.

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