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Doug Gilmour Explains Why He Traded His Son

from Leith Dunick of tbNewsWatch,

Doug Gilmour says it was a family decision to send his 16-year-old son Jake packing.

Gilmour, the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, on Thursday said there simply wasn’t enough room for his son to get the playing time he needed to develop.

The 50-year-old NHL hall-of-famer, in Thunder Bay to take part in Patrick Sharp’s celebrity golf tournament in support of the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, said by no means was he giving up on his offspring as a hockey player.

“This is between my son and I and this is what we thought,” Gilmour said. “It’s a great opportunity for him. Our team is kind of fully loaded, there are not a lot of spots. He’s turning 17 on Aug. 14. He’s 6-fot-4, 205 (pounds) and teams inquired about him.

“And so I sat with him and said, ‘This is probably a better opportunity for you to develop somewhere else and the people in Kingston aren’t going to say, well, you’re only here because of your dad.'”


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wow…. talk about a mistake you wish you could have back on your death bed.  Seriously, no chance I would ever do that to my own son.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 08/08/13 at 07:10 PM ET


You’d never give him a chance to develop into the player he could be without making him play with the pressure of “only being on the team because he’s the GMs kid”?


Posted by Garth on 08/08/13 at 08:03 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah I can’t fathom the Suck of having to play on an elite developmental team run by your own father.

That’s not snark or sarcasm—I really can’t.

Once you get into actual Pro status that changes.  You’ve truly proven something then, you have a contract and there’s a legitimacy that it’s much harder to argue with.  At Junior level though, that’s a no-win situation.  Part of why I always thought it was stupid that there’s an “unspoken agreement” to not draft another exec’s kid.

Posted by Primis on 08/08/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Or the real reason is that his kid just isn’t very good.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/09/13 at 08:28 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Honestly, a smart decision by Gilmour to make his team better while also giving his son a better opportunity.  Maybe his son understands the decision, maybe he’s pissed, but I’m sure in a few years he’ll be thankful for it.  And I agree with Primis, the unofficial tradition in Canadian Junior hockey that a kid must play for their dad’s team is frankly, dumb.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 08/09/13 at 10:23 AM ET

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