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High NHL draft prospect Gabe Perreault's first hockey coach was his mom

The 17-year-old forward is a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, but his journey to get to this point was filled with people who impacted him in his life and game.

Gabriel Perreault is projected to be a first-round NHL Draft pick in 2023, recently being given an A-Rating by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary Players to Watch List.
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PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Gabriel Perreault plays for the NTDP and has become a forward that’s pinned as a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft. His dad, Yanic Perreault, who scored 247 goals in the NHL, may have been the biggest influence in his son’s game, but wasn’t the only one who made an impact.

“Around (age) 2 or 3, I can’t remember exactly, but I was back home in Quebec and my mom was actually my first coach,” said Perreault on his earliest hockey memory. “I remember being on the ice with her a lot so that’s pretty much all I remember. Pretty special for me and my family to be able to say she was my first coach.”


Age: 17
Hometown: Quebec, Canada
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 154 pounds
Current team: USNTDP
College: Uncommitted
NHL Rights: Top prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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