JTA — Luke Hughes has develop into the third brother in his hockey-playing Jewish household to be drafted within the first spherical of the NHL Draft.
The New Jersey Devils picked the 17-year-old defenseman fourth total in Friday’s picks, making the Hughes brothers of Orlando, Florida, the primary American household to have three siblings drafted within the Nationwide Hockey League’s first spherical.
Jack, a middle, was chosen first total by the Devils in 2019 — incomes the excellence because the first Jewish participant ever taken No. 1.
A yr earlier, oldest brother Quinn went to the Vancouver Canucks with the seventh choose.
Actually the brothers have been revved up over the information — you’ll be able to watch their response to Luke being drafted under.
Their athletic prowess isn’t so shocking contemplating their genes: Their mom, Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, performed ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse on the College of New Hampshire. Later she was a member of the US girls’s hockey crew on the 1992 Girls’s World Championships, the place she was named a match all-star and helped Crew USA take residence the silver medal. Their father, Jim, is a former ice hockey participant for Windfall Faculty and has labored for the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs within the NHL.
Mother is Jewish, dad will not be.
“We did Passover after we have been youthful,” Jack Hughes advised “The Michael Kay Present” on ESPN Radio in 2019. Jack additionally had a bar mitzvah.
Together with brother Quinn, Luke Hughes has one other Jewish defenseman to emulate: Adam Fox of the New York Rangers, who this season was named the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy signifying the NHL’s prime defenseman. Different Jewish gamers within the league embody Zach Hyman and Jason Zucker.
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