Holiday dinners are about to get real awkward in the Gilmour household.
Kingston Frontenacs General Manager Doug Gilmour–a member of the 2011 class of NHL Hall of Famers–just traded his son Jake, goaltender Blake Richard, and a conditional 12th round pick in the 2015 OHL draft to the Niagra Ice Dogs for a 12th round pick in that same 2015 draft. Gilmour, who played 19 seasons with seven clubs and was part of the 1989 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames, is either the worst father in the history of fatherhood, or was looking to give his boy a chance to get on the ice sooner rather than later.
He spent an 8th round pick on his son in last year’s draft, and Jake was a part of the Frontenacs minor league team, and likely (at least) a year away from seeing action with the big club. Even if the move helps Jake see come ice time, it wreaks of douchebaggery. And to throw a little salt on the wound, the move was announced on the Frontenacs website under the headline, “Fronts Announce Minor Roster Move.”
Blood may be thicker than water, but (especially in Canada) frozen water absolutely trumps blood.(ht FTW)