When you think of hockey family bloodlines, names like Hull, Esposito and Sutter come to mind.
While the players in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League aren’t as famous as Bobby and his son Brett, or Tony and his brother Phil, or any of the six Sutter siblings, a handful of them are daughters, or sisters, of elite-level athletes. Gillian Apps, Meghan Mikkelson and Hilary Knight – each of whom played in the 2010 Olympic gold medal game – are all grateful for the support they found from their respective parents, brothers and sisters.
Apps of the Brampton Thunder has the most prolific name. Her grandfather Syl won three Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs in the 40’s and is an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, while her father Syl Jr. played 727 career NHL games, mostly with the Pittsburgh Penguins.