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Hockey Hall of Famer Gilmour trades own son in OHL stunner

Doug Gilmour

FILE - This Jan. 3, 1996, file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Doug Gilmour waving to the crowd after he was presented with a trophy for scoring his 1,000th career point, in Toronto. Gilmour was selected to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Moe Doiron)


Some bizarre stuff from the world of Canadian junior hockey on Wednesday.

Former NHL star Doug Gilmour -- currently serving as the GM of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs -- traded away his oldest son, 16-year-old Jake Gilmour, to the Niagara IceDogs.

The full deal was Jake, goaltender Blake Richard and a conditional 12th round pick in 2015 to Niagara for the IceDogs’ 12th-round pick in 2015.

But, obviously, the talking point was the family connection.

Gilmour first brought his son to the organization in 2012, selecting him at the Ontario Hockey League draft -- along with Owen Gill, the son of Kingston head coach (and ex-NHLer) Todd Gill.

It was a happy moment, as documented by the Globe and Mail:

Kingston kept it within the family in the later rounds, as general manager Doug Gilmour drafted his son Jake in the eighth round and Owen Gill, the son of head coach Todd Gill, was taken in the seventh.

“The Fronts proudly select Jake Gilmour of the Jr. Canadiens with our 8th round pick! #ProudDad,” tweeted Doug Gilmour.

Jake Gilmour was with the Jr. Canadiens and Owen Gill was with the Upper Canada Cyclones.

The younger Glimour has yet to make his OHL debut, spending last season with the Brampton Jr. B Bombers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.