Yanic Perreault made the rain and shine in the QMJHL with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs from 1988 to 1991. His son Jacob will try to do the same, but this time with the Sarnia Sting in the Junior League. Ontario.
R epêché in the first round, 19th overall, Jacob Perreault hopes to join the team this year at the age of 16. Even though his father’s 108 points in his first season are a near-impossible goal, the young striker hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, well known in Ontario for his six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Since our family is in Chicago and it’s on OHL territory, Jacob was drafted by the Sting, even though he was born in Montreal,” said Yanic Perreault, a face-off specialist. the NHL. Jacob is a right-handed player on the left wing and he can take some face-offs. He had a good season with the Chicago U16 Mission finishing first overall. ”
His 50 points in 47 games made him one of the top prospects in the repechage. Jacob seems to have been made in the same mold as his father: he measures 5’11, weighs 195 pounds and is considered a complete player.
“We received confirmation that he was coming to the camp and it’s a very exciting day for us,” said Sting general manager Nick Sinclair. Jacob is a special player filled with talent. He is intelligent and can become a very offensive player. It will be interesting to watch and we are happy to welcome the Perreault family. ”
“I am currently on my way to Sarnia to attend the preparatory camp. I have walked a lot since I was young. I made my atom BB in Magog, my pee-wee AA with the Harfangs of Triolet and I continued my apprenticeship in Chicago. Now, I want to go to Sarnia and I will have to become even stronger mentally and physically to hope to play at 16 in the junior major, “says the teenager.
Certainly, Jacob Perreault seems very appreciated by the leaders of the Sting and could very well play his first season as of next autumn.
” I’m motivated. The march is high, but I think I can do it. Being the son of Yanic Perreault is not an additional pressure for me, but a motivation and a great advantage. He gives me several things even if I’m not in the center like him. I think I’m faster than him, even though he thinks he can skate faster than me! “Launches Jacob Perreault laughing.
The perfect happiness in Chicago
After completing his career with the Blackhawks in 2007, Yanic Perreault enjoys Chicago and still enjoys his job with the organization. The coach of the development of the players is in the good chair according to him. For the moment.
“I have four children and with my family obligations, I have the ideal job. I like to jump on the ice with the young players of the organization. I probably have the opportunity to renew my contract for two more seasons. The children leave the house quietly. My daughter is an 18-year-old center player and will join a collegiate team. My sons Jérémy and Gabriel were born in 1998 and 2005, Jacob in 2002. I want to continue to be close to them while being able to work for the Blackhawks, “said the former Montreal Canadiens.