Jon Gruden is a prospect with the Pittsburgh Penguins. No, not that Jon Gruden.
Gruden’s dad is a coach, and his name is John. But it’s not disgraced former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.
Gruden the Penguins center hopeful was quick to point out this fact of life to Dave Molinari of Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
“(Confusion happens) all the time,” Gruden told Molinari during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ rookie camp. “Especially after his whole scandal happened last year. It’s something we joke about a lot, but no relation.”
Football’s Jon Gruden tendered his resignation last year as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after it was discovered that he’d sent racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails earlier in his career.
TRADE ALERT 🚨: The Penguins have acquired forward Jonathan Gruden and a 2020 second-round draft pick (52nd overall) from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Matt Murray. pic.twitter.com/lag06QAFaU
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 7, 2020
Pittsburgh’s Gruden, who prefers to go by Jonathan, is the son of former NHL defenseman John Gruden. He’s currently an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins.
Michigan hockey fans might remember when John Gruden was coach of the OHL’s Flint Firebirds. There was a player revolt and ultimately league involvement when it became apparent that Gruden was fired because he wouldn’t give more ice time to the owner’s kid.
Younger Jon Gruden is from Rochester Hills. He played bantam hockey with Little Caesars and Honeybaked and was with USA Hockey’s NTDP in Plymouth. Gruden spent the past two seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh’s AHL farm club.
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