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NHL greatness is in DNA of Prince George Spruce Kings’ newest recruit

Nick Rhéaume’s dad is Stanley Cup champion, aunt is hockey trail-blazer
Nick Rheaume
Nick Rheaume (middle) comes from a line of hockey greats like his father Pascal (right) and his aunt Manon (left). (via The Associated Press/Prince George Spruce Kings/Getty Images)

He could very well be the next member of his family to find success one day in the NHL.

Forward Nick Rhéaume is continuing to climb that ladder by taking the BCHL route and has committed to playing for the Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2020-21 season.

He’s set to graduate from Massachusetts’ Cushing Academy in the United States High-School Hockey League after putting up 35 points in 34 games for the Penguins last year.

Now, does Rhéaume sound familiar to you?

Well, not only was his father, Pascal, a Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils in 2003, his aunt, Manon Rhéaume, was the first female goaltender to suit up in an NHL game and was the first woman to ever play in one of major North American professional sports leagues.

Manon signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning and appeared in two pre-season games (1992, 1993), which was followed with stints in the minor leagues for five years.

She also won two golds with Canada at the IIHF World Women’s Championships (1992, 1994) and a silver at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.

In addition to just bringing the name, Spruce Kings Head Coach Alex Evin is excited to see his new recruit from Sherbrooke, Que. show off his skills in front of Prince George hockey fans.

“Nick has the ability to make an impact in all three zones of the ice and also comes from a good hockey family,”” says Evin in a team release. 

“His mix of power and skill will be a welcomed addition to our forward group.”

Nick’s dad Pascal suited up for 318 NHL games with New Jersey, St. Louis, Chicago and Atlanta.