hockey trade Jan 14, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; A detail view of a hockey puck during a game between the Seattle Kraken and the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in NHL history, two brothers have been traded for each other. Seriously. The historic trade between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames went down on Friday afternoon.

Arizona announced they had acquired Brett Ritchie and Connor Mackey from Calgary. In doing so, they traded Troy Stecher and Nick Ritchie, Brett’s brother.

The Coyotes PR account then tweeted out the factoid. “This is the first trade in the NHL’s trade database that involves brothers being traded for each other,” they said.

Reactions to the landmark trade poured in from all over.

SiriusXM reacted to the trade with three words: “Super Trade Bros.”

One fan created a hilarious faux text message exchange between the two brothers.

Broadcaster Chris Mason predicted what it was going to look like when the Ritchies crossed paths in the airport.

One account pointed out a hilariously true fact: The parents aren’t going to need to get any new jerseys.

Another fan wrote, “Imagine getting excited to play with your brother only to be told that he was the one who was sent to your old team.”

One fan posed the question, “Do they just switch houses?”

And another fan felt compelled to point out to Calgary, “You literally traded Brett Ritchie for his little brother. At least he’s free from Arizona.”

[Arizona Coyotes]

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