Shortly after watching Jordan and Eric Staal get united during the NHL draft, Brayden Schenn wondered if he would ever get a chance to play with his brother Luke in his career.
“Less than 24 hours later, the Flyers and Maple Leafs took a big step in making that dream become a reality” – Philadelphia Daily News
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward James van Riemsdyk, meaning that Luke and Brayden would get their chance to play together.
“Since I joined the NHL, I’ve always been asked the question about what it’s like playing against your brother. Now, I’ll get to see what it feels like the play with him,” Brayden Schenn told the Daily News. “I was real surprised when I found out. Luke called me to tell me he was going to be a part of the Flyers. I’m excited and stunned.
“It’s been a dream since we were kids. We always wondered if we would get the chance. We’re just lucky enough to do it so early in our careers.”
As a Leafs fan, it’s kind of hard saying good-bye to Schenn, considering he was supposed to be a future star in Toronto. But, at the same time I’m happy for Luke, as he’ll be getting not only to play with his brother, but also on a playoff team. I like this deal for both teams.
For the Leafs, Burke is hoping that van Riemsdyk can add some size up front for them.
“A first-round pick in 2007, selected right after Patrick Kane went to Chicago at No. 1, van Riemsdyk has 47 goals and 99 points in 196 regular-season games.” – NHL.com
Schenn for van Riemsdyk was rumoured early this year. Almost an entire six months later, the rumour finally became reality.
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