Top 5 Oilers Offspring
Since the province of Alberta celebrated Family Day on Monday, we thought it was only fitting to give some recognition to some accomplished Oilers families, specifically father-son duos. It's no secret that genetics play a major role in the makeup of professional athletes, and this week's top five counts down the top offspring of some notable former Oilers.
HM. Louie & Jake DeBrusk
Former Oilers enforcer and current Oilers colour commentator for Sportsnet Louie DeBrusk has a 16-year-old son named Jake who is an up-and-coming forward currently playing Midget AAA with Edmonton's South Side Athletic Club. Jake was the second-leading scorer on his team and overall in the Alberta Midget Hockey League this season with 52 points in 34 games. He's set to join the WHL's Swift Current Broncos next season.
HM. Craig & Sean MacTavish
Former Oilers captain and current Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Craig MacTavish has an 18-year-old son named Sean currently playing for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The offspring MacTavish played at Brunswick Prep in Chicago in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and has put up 32 points in 51 games this season with Sherwood Park.
HM. Al & Steve Hamilton
Al Hamilton is one of a handful of legendary Oilers players to have his jersey hanging proudly in the rafters of Rexall Place, and his son Steve is also doing great things in Oil Country. The 39-year-old played three NCAA seasons at Northern Michigan University before capturing league championships as head coach of the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints and associate coach with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.
5. Craig & Riley/Dillon Simpson
Craig Simpson captured a pair of Oilers Stanley Cup championships in 1988 and 1990, scoring more than 500 total regular season and playoff points during his NHL career. The Oilers stayed within the family at the 2011 NHL Draft when they selected Craig's son Dillon 92nd overall. The up-and-coming defenceman is currently in his third season with the NCAA's University of North Dakota, where he has 17 points in 30 games to lead all Sioux blueliners. Dillon's younger brother Riley has a bright future as well, as he led the Alberta Midget AAA league in scoring this year with 55 points in 34 games for Edmonton's South Side Athletic Club. Riley's WHL rights belong to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
4. Jeff & Brock Beukeboom
Defenceman Jeff Beukeboom enjoyed a lengthy NHL career, including parts of seven seasons in Oil Country that saw him play for three Stanley Cup championship squads. His son Brock is a 20-year-old blueliner who was selected 63rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 NHL Draft. He is now a St. Louis Blues prospect currently playing for the OHL's Guelph Storm. Brock has 10 points in 39 games this season in Guelph.
3. Kevin & Keegan Lowe
In addition to capturing all five Oilers Stanley Cup championships during his storied NHL career, former defenceman and current President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe is the proud father of Edmonton Oil Kings veteran blueliner Keegan Lowe. The 19-year-old helped the Oil Kings capture the WHL championship last season and set a new franchise record for goals by a defenceman this year, currently sitting at 13. Keegan was selected 73rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2011 NHL Draft.
2. Frank & David Musil
Highly-touted 19-year-old blueline prospect David Musil currently plays a pivotal rearguard role with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings alongside Keegan Lowe. His father Frank Musil played parts of three seasons with the Oilers between 1997 and 2001 and is now a European scout for the team. His offspring David was selected 31st overall by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft and has scored 19 points in 36 games with a +25 rating with the Oil Kings this season.
1. Kent & Robert Nilsson
To date, the only father-son duo to play in the NHL and both suit up for the Oilers is Kent and Robert Nilsson. Kent had two brief stints with Edmonton during his lengthy professional career, playing for the Oilers in 1986-87 and again in 1994-95. His 28-year-old son Robert scored 31 goals and 98 total points in 199 games with the Oilers between 2006 and 2010, and he has since headed overseas to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, currently with the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.
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