In addition to Quinn, Jack, Luke and Werenski, recent summer get-togethers include a who's who among NHL stars: forwards Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), Dylan Larkin and Andrew Copp (Detroit Red Wings), Tyler Motte (Tampa Bay Lightning), Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets), Tyler Bertuzzi (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Alex Turcotte (Los Angeles Kings), defenseman Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators) and, on occasion, goalie Connor Hellebuyck (Jets).
"I mean, between [Larkin], Werenski, myself, Motte, Beniers, it's such a loaded group that it gets really, really competitive," Copp said. "There's a lot of 2-on-2, 1-on-1, 3-on-3. I don't think there's been any fights, like, gloves off, but there's definitely been some scrums and them yelling at their dad and everything like that. It's definitely a very fiery skate."
The training sessions have become epic and usually run most of the summer, coordinated and instructed by Jim Hughes, the family patriarch. He's assisted by Matt Williams, who, along with Jim, are part of Creative Artists Agency Hockey's player development group.
"It's an interesting summer with those guys," Motte said. "They all work hard. They want to be on the ice, they want to be in the gym. They are super competitive, especially away from the rink. Put them on the golf course, basketball, tennis, everything. They live together all summer, so every day you come to the gym there's a story about who won what the day before."
For Turcotte, who is having his most productive professional season with Ontario of the American Hockey League, the Hughes' training sessions have been important.
"Everyone out there is so good, there's many superstars," Turcotte said. "I can only get better and learn from those guys. They're some of the best players in the NHL, so it pushes me to do my best. I think that's helped my mentality of staying sharp and on top of my game.
"It's fun but I don't get shocked or anything anymore because I know the Hughes' brothers so well, but they're hilarious. There were a couple times last summer during Jack and Luke's first skate after they returned from the Stanley Cup Playoffs ... it was one simple passing drill but not as intense because it was mid-June. I think Luke maybe messed up a couple consecutive passes to Jack and, well, Jack let Luke know. That's all I'm going to say."