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28 // AUGUST 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Family Over Feud By Ryan Williamson T he Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have historically been one of hockey's most contentious and hotly- contested rivalries. The two teams have battled it out as division rivals in both the regular season and playoffs. Bobby and Brett Hull added a fam- ily touch to this long-running feud with dad suiting up for the Hawks while his son spent the bulk of his Hall of Fame career skating under the St. Louis Arch. Now, another family has become a part of this historic rivalry. On one side, Nick Schmaltz is an up-and-coming center for the Blackhawks. While in St. Louis, his older brother, Jordan, broke through in time for the Blues playoff run. As kids growing up in Madison, Wis., that sibling rivalry was played out countless times with pickup hockey games in their family's basement, with little sister, Kylie, often getting involved in the fray. Mike Schmaltz, the family patriarch, has vivid memories of dealing with the aftermath of those basement battles. "There were plenty of battles, and someone always came upstairs crying," he said. Outside of their games in the basement, the Schmaltz brothers were making a name for themselves on the ice. Both Jordan and Nick Schmaltz quickly rose to the top and were soon cutting their teeth in the United States Hockey League. And while they spent plenty of time togeth- er at home, the Schmaltz brothers also had the good fortune of playing together at the University of North Dakota. Black And Blue Rivalry Can't Loosen Schmaltz Family Ties Nick and Jordan Schmaltz have taken their sibling rivalry to even greater heights now that the Madison, Wis., brothers are suiting up in the NHL for Central Division rivals. PHOTOS Getty Images; Peter Bottini/UNDSports.com

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