By Cara Bahniuk
On Monday, Da Beauty League began their postseason as Capitals forward TJ Oshie made his summer league debut.
But in-between the two playoff games, Da Beauty League held a Unified Showcase game, where the league’s NHL players and prospects suited up with Minnesota Special Hockey players.
The event allowed Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser to square off against his 22-year-old sister Jessica Boeser, who plays for the Minnesota Special Hockey’s Burnsville Rams.
The Canucks first-round pick totally got outplayed.
A little sibling rivalry tonight when @BBoeser16 and his sister Jess square off in a special game at @DaBeautyLeague w/ @MNSpecialHockey! pic.twitter.com/d1rH8DkTx7
— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) August 22, 2017
Jessica scored a goal and tallied an assist during the ten-minute five-on-five game at Braemar Ice Arena, besting her little brother, who had no points.
The Boeser siblings messed with each other throughout the whole game. Jessica slashed her brother in the knee. They also took a face off together. Jessica eventually showed Brock up by scoring five-hole on a semi-breakaway.
“It’s awesome. She’s been one of my biggest fans throughout my whole hockey career, so now I get to support her,” Boeser said to NHL.com. “I love being able to see her and all of her friends playing hockey. It’s a real treat for me. I’m excited I got to be a part of it.”
Happy bday to the best little bro @BBoeser16 love ya ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/kAmLVofKyV
— Jessica Boeser (@BoeserJessica) February 25, 2014
In May 2016, Boeser also attended prom with Baylee Bjorge, a Grand Forks Central High School student with Down syndrome.
Baylee created a Twitter account specifically to ask Boeser, and when he found out, he accepted.
Boeser wasn’t the only NHL player who was able to skate with a family member. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner suited up alongside his brother-in-law Sam.
.@Jgardiner272 getting tips from his brother-in-law Sam before they take the ice together in @DaBeautyLeague & @MNSpecialHockey combo pic.twitter.com/1PFFBNwUU8
— Jessi Pierce (@jessi_pierce) August 22, 2017
This is the first year Da Beauty League teamed up with Minnesota Special Hockey for the showcase game. Minnesota Special Hockey accepts players of all ages with development disabilities to enjoy the game of hockey and has more than 200 active players amongst 12 teams.
Here’s the full list of NHL players that participated in the game.
What a great event.
MN Special Hockey #UnifiedShowcase team photo! Thanks to everyone for participating! #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/yNBcGLDnvj
— DaBeautyLeague (@DaBeautyLeague) August 22, 2017
Headline photo: @dabeautyleague
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