NHL siblings sq. off, each find yourself in penalty field


The Joseph household had a memorable Friday evening as P.O. Joseph of the Pittsburgh Penguins and brother Mathieu Joseph, enjoying for the Ottawa Senators, confronted off for the primary time as NHL gamers. Mother and pa had been within the stands for the sport for the event, and as solely brothers can do, received put in timeout collectively for roughhousing with one another.

Upon additional overview, it appeared that P.O. caught himself within the face together with his personal stick, and Mathieu ought to’ve skated freed from a excessive stick penalty. Whereas that’s how issues ought to’ve transpired in accordance with the principles of the sport, the legal guidelines of siblings deemed in any other case.

“I don’t know in the event that they thought that is going to be humorous or one thing that we’re each going to get a penalty on the similar time,’’ Mathieu Joseph stated. “However stuff occurs. I’m positive my dad and mom had a superb chortle about it, however I didn’t assume it was humorous.’’

It doesn’t matter whose fault it was. If I’ve learned anything from life with two siblings, it’s that intent or whose fault it is that doesn’t matter. If one sibling gets hurt while another is in close proximity, both get punished. It’s only fair, and good parents don’t give preferential treatment regardless of which child is the favorite son. (There’s always a favorite, and don’t let your parents tell you otherwise. There’s no greater lie than “We love you all equally.”)

I think my favorite part of the night, other than the parents’ incredulous reaction to their boys heading toward the box, was the pregame photo op that definitely didn’t foreshadow the events.

Pittsburgh ended up winning, 4-1, but neither brother left the ice with the high ground. Seeing as the penalty was self-inflicted, maybe next time the refs will let them out of the box once they apologize to each other. I know that’s how it worked in my house. 

The Josephs aren’t the primary siblings this occurred to. Keith and Wayne Primeau fought throughout a 1997 Buffalo Sabres-Hartford Whalers sport, and Brent and Wealthy Sutter had roughing penalties towards one another in a 1992 Chicago Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues contest.

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