Ice hockey: Who’s Your Daddy?

Rod Stewart in full swing
Rod Stewart in full swing
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With Liam Stewart moving ever closer towards his debut with the Great Britain ice hockey team, - alongside the likes of Sheffield Steelers Robert Dowd, Ben O’Connor and Jonathan Phillips - the 20-year-old joins a long list of sports stars to hail from a celebrity background.

Stewart, the son of rock star Rod Stewart and former model Rachel Hunter, was included in an initial 31-man squad ahead of the Ice Hockey World Championships, to be held in Holland next month.

He plays for Washington team Spokane Chiefs, in the Western Hockey League.

Here, we take a look at some other sportsmen and women who have been brought up in the public eye.

Justin Fargas - Antonio Fargas (father)

Although retired, Justin Fargas rose to prominence as a running back for Oakland Raiders and is the son of Antonio Fargas, whose most famous role was Huggy Bear in the 1970’s TV show Starsky and Hutch. Justin suffered a broken leg while at college but impressed sufficiently enough to earn a deal with the Raiders before moving on to Denver Broncos, where he was released after just 19 days.

Cordell Broadus - Snoop Dogg (father)

Although he is still competing at college level in American football, Broadus looks set for a career in the limelight. He is the son of Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus), the American rapper and actor who also played Huggy Bear - this time in the 2004 film version of the series. Broadus recently signed on to play for UCLA Bruins as he pursues his dream of playing as a wide-receiver in the NFL. Unlike most budding sports stars, Broadus found his recruitment to the team the subject of a five-part documentary series on ESPN, which was called “Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream”.

Jim Troughton - Patrick Troughton (grandfather)

The former England cricketer was forced to retire this year after a long-standing back injury and is considering a move into the entertainment business, a path well-trodden in the Troughton family. Jim’s grandfather was the late Patrick Troughton, who portrayed Doctor Who for three years from 1969 before reprising the role in three further series’. Jim’s father, David, was a lesser known actor but still appeared on television while Harry Melling, another member of the family, appeared in five of the Harry Potter films.

Liam Botham - Sir Ian Botham (father)

Continuing the cricket theme, Liam is of course the son of the legendary Sir Ian Botham and boasts a certain Viv Richards as his Godfather. Like his father, Liam is a fine all-round sportsman and has played professionally in three different disciplines. After initially playing cricket for Hampshire, he moved on to play rugby union for Newcastle Falcons and Leeds Tykes, before switching codes to play for Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors although he was forced to retire from professional sport at the age of 27 because of a neck injury.

Jessica Rae Springsteen - Bruce Springsteen (father)

Like Stewart, Springsteen is the offspring of a rock legend - her father is Bruce ‘The Boss’ Springsteen and her mother is E-Street Band member Pattia Scialfa. However, Jessica Rae has gone on to achieve great things in the world of equestrianism and represented the United States at the Show Jumping World Cup, while she was named as an alternate rider for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Alex Woodward - Sir Tom Jones (grandfather)

Woodward is the grandson of Welsh crooner Sir Tom Jones, but he also competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the full bore shooting category. Despite being brought up in America, Woodward was eligible to represent Wales through his father’s side of the family and was introduced to the sport by his grandfather, who was the first person to show him how to shoot a gun. Unfortunately Tom was unable to see Alex compete in the Games as he was busy picking up his knighthood.

Laila Ali - Muhammed Ali (father)

The eighth of boxing legend Muhammed Ali’s nine children, and his youngest daughter, Laila followed in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in professional boxing. Despite entering the ring against her father’s will, she boasted an undefeated record of 24 wins in as many fights by the time she retired, including 21 knockouts. She reprised her father’s rivalry with George Foreman by beating Freeda Foreman, George’s daughter, by a majority decision.

Ben Challenger - Romeo Challenger (father)

The retired high jumper won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was a promising basketball player. He is the son of Romeo Challenger, who plays the drums for pop group Showaddywaddy, a band which also features Trevor Oakes - father of former professional footballers Scott and Stefan Oakes.