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Does being born into an athlete family improve your chances of getting drafted into the National Hockey League?

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If I’m asking the question, it’s because among the top 100 prospects in the next draft there are many, many, many athlete sons. Almost thirty. The closer to the top, the higher the ratio.

examples ?

The fathers of Joel Kjellberg and David Spacek played for the Canadian. That of Vinzenz Rohrer on the ATP race track. Adam Ingram’s father was one of Canada’s top golfers and Denton Mateychuk’s mother won a half marathon.

This trend is also very strong among Quebec hopefuls. Noah Warren’s parents from the Gatineau Olympiques were both excellent swimmers. His father, Claude, coached at Laval University and the University of Montreal. His mother, Magalie Boutin, as an athlete. “She still holds regional records in Saguenay,” he says proudly. She competed in national championships and almost made the Canadian team. »

Maveric Lamoureux from the Voltigeurs de Drummondville also comes from a family of athletes. “My dad played in the QMJHL, with the Granby Bisons, then on the senior team with the Laval Chiefs. My mother was a gymnast. After her athletic career, she coached girls at the national level. Sport has always been very important at home. »

Nathan Gaucher of the Quebec Remparts?

“My dad played in Major Junior, and he’s still in hockey, as assistant general manager of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. My brother plays hockey. My mother and my sister have always been sporty. When I was young, it showed me the way. »

Rimouski Oceanic’s Frédéric Brunet’s parents met at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Michel Brunet was a figure skater. Brigitte Gauthier, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team Physiotherapist. Frédéric’s uncle, Dominick Gauthier, was also in Japan as a mogul athlete.

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Should this phenomenon surprise us?

” Not really. ”

The man speaking is Pierre Allard, assistant coach of the Munich Red Bulls. Before moving to Germany last year, he was the Canadians’ director of exercise science and performance. During the tenures of Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins, he participated in design evaluations from interested parties.

“In our interviews, we wanted to know the player’s family history. We wanted to know if there is a history of elite athletes in his family. »

I’m sure every team is asking this question because there’s a connection between genes and whether or not you play in the NHL.

Pierre Allard, assistant coach of the Munich Red Bulls and former director of sports and performance science for the Canadians

Several scientific studies, notably those of Claude Bouchard and Louis Pérusse, have shown the importance of heredity in top athletes. Genes have a big impact on size. On muscle mass. On resistance to physical exertion. Along the length of the torso, arms and legs.

“Having parents from the sports world helps,” explains Pierre Allard. These young people usually have good genes. With the Finns, for example, we often see the sons of cross-country skiers or endurance athletes. Also many sons of hockey players like Jesperi Kotkaniemi. »

“It is certain that genetic background matters a lot,” adds Jean Lemoyne, professor at the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières.

“But there are other factors besides genes. Parents with a sporting background have a better understanding of the world of elite sport. You know what to expect from your child. They know the best development programs. Mr. Lemoyne also points to the high salaries of former NHL players, which allow them to hire more hours of ice and hire the best personal trainers.

In addition, most top athletes pay attention to their weight. to her body. to her meal. They are perfectionists. A study has shown that children often try to reproduce this character trait.

However, being an athletic parent can also be negative. There are parents who want to hold on to a level they haven’t reached, and they can push young people into an unhealthy process.

Jean Lemoyne, Professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières

And what value do NHL clubs place on family luggage?

“A certain importance, confirms Pierre Allard. But it’s difficult to quantify. I know that in other sports, especially basketball, this data feeds into algorithms that help recruiters make better decisions. But in the NHL we’re not there yet. The players come from different leagues and it’s very, very difficult to weight all the elements. »

For the record, I told you who already completed 12e at the European Swimming Championships?

Juraj Slafkovsky’s mother…

Sports parents, hockey kids


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Owen Beck: David, father, soccer player

Frederic Brunet: Michel, father, figure skater; Dominick Gauthier, uncle, freestyle skier

Logan Cooley: Tom and John Mooney, uncles, hockey players (NCAA)

Jorian Donovan: Shean, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Samuel Eklund: Per-Erik, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Josh Filmon: Greg, father, basketball player

Nathan Gaucher: Yannick, father, ice hockey player (LHJMQ)

Marc-Andre Gaudet: Denis, father, ice hockey player (OHL)

Tailor Gauthier: Sean, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Conor Geekie: Craig, father, ice hockey player (WHL)

Alexis Gendron: Martin, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

David Goyette: Michel, father, amateur boxer

Francesco Iasenza: Giovanni, father, ice hockey player (LHJMQ)

Hugo and Mattias Havelid: Niclas, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

hunter height: Steve, father, ice hockey player (OHL)

Marek Hejduk: Milan, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Adam Ingram: Derek, father, golfer

Markus Kasper: Peter, father, ice hockey player (JO)

Joel Kjellberg: Patric, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Kevin Korchinsky: Larry, father, ice hockey player (WHL)

Brad Lambert: Ross, father, ice hockey player (AHL); Lane, uncle, ice hockey player (NHL)

Maveric Lamoureux: Patrick, father, ice hockey player (LHJMQ)

Matt Lindgren: Mats, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Denton Mateychuk: Keela, mother, runner

Rutger McGroarty: Jim, father, hockey player (ECHL)

Liam Ogren: Andreas, father, ice hockey pro

Vincent Rohrer: Stefan, father, tennis pro

Reid Schaefer: Jeremy, father, ice hockey player (WHL)

Juraj Slafkowski: Gabriela, mother, swimmer

Jimmy Snuggerud: Dave, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

David Spacek: Jaroslav, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Jacob Stefan: Patrik, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Adam Sykora: Roman, father, ice hockey player (NHL)

Antonin Verreault: Serge Brunet, grandfather, ice hockey player (LHJMQ)

Noah Warren: Magalie Boutin, mother, swimmer

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