October 19, 2019, 6:01 am

Hughes brothers excited for first head-to-head NHL game

Jack Hughes and Quinn Hughes have been on the ice unneurotic before.

Hughes brothers excited for first head-to-head NHL game

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jack Hughes and Quinn Hughes have been on the ice unneurotic before.

They were teammates at global tournaments and played against each different at an NCAA Division I body sphere last season, but when the New Jersey Devils host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV), they will face each different for the archetypal time in an NHL game.

"I played against him all summer, so I'm sure the only quality will be we're in an NHL game exhausting an NHL jersey," said Jack, an 18-year-old halfway who was chosen by the Devils with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. "It'll be beautiful breathless and I'm sounding guardant to it."

Quinn, a 20-year-old defenseman who was chosen with the No. 7 pick by the Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft, said the different members of the Hughes household apt will be more tense astir the game than him and his younger brdifferent.

"It's nerve-wracking for our genitors all time we play, but it's the same for any genitor in any game," Quinn said. "Everyone hopes we play well, but I don't think they're going to be any more tense because we're playing each different."

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The brdifferents were teammates for the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2019 IIHF World Championship, and they went head-to-head in a 6-3 win for Jack's USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team against Quinn's University of Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Oct. 12, 2018.

"What do I remember astir that game? I remember walking in there and beating him 6-3," Jack said with a grin Friday. "It was a beautiful breathless day for our household. I think my genitors were a little tense , hoping we weren't on the ice unneurotic . It was funny playing him ... all time I looked over to his bench I was laughing."

Jack got the best of Quinn that day with a goal and two assists; Quinn had no points and two shots on goal. Jack also won the opening face-off against his brdifferent, who despite being a defenseman was given the opportunity by Michigan coach Mel Pearson.

"My genitors were relieved when it was over," Jack said. "My mom would rather be rooting for us than hoping one scores and one doesn't get scored on. My genitors were both beautiful into it, but I think my dad is more calm-sounding, laid back, but he can get beautiful intense. My mom is kind of just happy we're here and doing well."

John Wroblewski, who coached Quinn and Jack at the NTDP, said the game will be special not only for Jack and Quinn, but their entire household.

"They're each different's biggest fans," Wroblewski said of the brdifferents. "I think to line up against each different on a worldwide stage and be able to compete, but at the same time being proud of the different one and their accomplishments, is kind of a storybook-type situation."

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Jack said he anticipates 75-80 household members and friends will be at the game, including his genitors. But Luke Hughes, the youngest of the three brdifferents at 16, won't be able to attend since he'll be playing for the NTDP Under-17 team at Chicago of the United States Hockey League.

Quinn, who is 19 months older than Jack, constantly battled with his brdifferent for superiority in their mini-stick games in the basement of their Toronto home. Luke, who is 28 months younger than Jack, would join in the games that helped establish a solid bond among brdifferents.

"The one thing that pops out for me in Quinn's game is his shiftiness, his elusiveness," said Jack, who got his archetypal NHL point on an assist in the Devils' 5-2 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday. "I think it's second-to-none. The way he can shake a guy at the blue line or in the corner is a really special ability."

Quinn, who has three points (one goal, two assists) in six games this season, said he admires Jack's competitiveness.

"He doesn't shy away from the tough areas," Quinn said, comparing their style of play to that of brdifferents Matthew Tkachuk and Brady Tkachuk, who play for the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators, respectively. "People ask me to explain the similarities of (Matthew and Brady) and what they're like and I always say they've got hearts of lions. I feel the same way astir Jack. He plays in the tough areas and that's what I've always respected astir him."

Of course, the big question is which team mom and dad will represent during the game.

"I would tell them not to wear anything," Quinn said. "If my genitors ever showed up to a game exhausting my jersey, I would be, 'No, that's amateur hour.' I think they'll probably wear nothing."

Either way, Luke says he believes it will be a fun but stressful game for the Hughes household.

"I think mom and dad will be really intense," Luke said. "I don't think there's going to be rooting sides. I think most of my cousins will wear like a Vancouver jersey and a Devils hat, or vice versa. But hopefully there's a lot of 50-50 splitting going on."

NHL.com independent correspondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this report

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