Holidays at the Gilmour house just got a whole lot more awkward. Former NHL great Doug Gilmour, who is now general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, traded his 16-year-old son Jake to the Niagara IceDogs.
Jake Gilmour, 16, was traded along with goaltender Blake Richard to the IceDogs in exchange for a 12th-round draft pick, the Toronto Sun reports. The trade occurred just one year after Doug Gilmour drafted his son in the eighth round of the OHL draft.
Doug Gilmour, once a star for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues, has yet to comment on the decision to trade his son. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward, Jake Gilmour spent the 2012 season as a member of the Brampton Jr. B Bombers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Pro Hockey Talk notes. The teenager recorded eight assists in 43 games last season, but had yet to play for the Frontenacs in 2013.
During the 2012 OHL Draft, Doug Gilmour expressed his excitement about having the opportunity to select his own son. “The [Frontenacs] proudly select Jake Gilmour of the Jr. Canadiens with our 8th round pick! #ProudDad,” Gilmour tweeted after the pick, according to the Globe and Mail.
Regardless of where Jake Gilmour plays, he’ll have a hard time living up to his father’s hockey legacy. Doug Gilmour spent 20 seasons in the NHL, scoring 450 goals and recording 964 assists while playing for seven franchises. In 2011, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.