The latest rumor out of Quebec is that New York Islanders star center, Jean-Gabriel Pageau will be buying his former junior team, the Gatineau Olympiques.
With only a couple of weeks until free agency begins, most New York Islanders fans are focused on how the Islanders are going to get all of their deals done and who they should potentially acquire and/or trade for. But there is one interesting rumor that we have heard today.
That rumor regards an Islanders centerman, who was traded to the Islanders this year and is currently tied to a long term contract on Long Island.
The rumor is Jean-Gabriel Pageau is in the process of becoming an owner of his hometown and junior team; the Gatineau Olympiques.
This rumor was broken on twitter by Nicolas St-Pierre (@nic_stpierre):
The Olympiques are a Canadian major junior hockey team that is located in Gatineau, outside of Ottawa. They are coached by Eric Landry and are currently in the preseason for their 2020-2021 season. They did not have the best of seasons last year. They finished the season with a record of 22-37-5 and are looking for a drastic improvement this year.
Pageau played three seasons in Gatineau where he played 152 games and amassed 149 points including 71 goals and 78 assists. His performance in Gatineau ultimately led Pageau to be drafted in the fourth round in the 2011 NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators.
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Only time will tell if the rumor is true. If it is true, it is great to see that Pageau become part of the ownership group for the team that gave him the pedestal to his future success in the game of hockey.
We should find out in the next couple of days if Pageau does in fact complete the deal to become one of his former junior team and we will follow up on this story.