Doug Gilmour wants traded son to ‘make it on your own’

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Doug Gilmour, a Hockey Hall of Famer and current general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, shed some light on why he traded his son, Jake, to the Niagara IceDogs this week.

Interestingly enough, Jake was originally his father’s selection choice during the 2012 OHL Draft.

“If he played in Kingston, people would say you’re only there because of your dad,” Gilmour told the Globe and Mail on Friday.

“I said: ‘Jake, I want you to play in a situation where you’re on your own and you make it on your own,’ and his mother agreed. This is what we came up with and we felt it was the best.

“This is what we came up with and felt it was the best…Now in saying that, it doesn’t mean I can’t get him back in a year.”