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The Daily: Jon Gruden With Penguins . . . No, Not That Jon Gruden

Same name, different game



Jonathan Gruden, Penguins
Jon Gruden is a Pittsburgh Penguins center prospect.

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.

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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Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins announce their training camp roster. Boston Bruins

Florida: What should the Panthers be expecting this season from goaltender Spencer Knight? Florida Panthers

Washington: Forward Hendrix Lapiere has bulked up with an additonal 10 pounds of muscle in a bid to stick with the Capitals. Washington Capitals

Islanders: GM Lou Lamoriello is indicating that the club has no plans to invite anyone to camp on a PTO. New York Islanders

Philadelphia: Former Grand Rapids Griffins goalie Pat Nagle is among five players getting PTOs with the Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers

San Jose: William Eklund is dazzling in Sharks rookie camp. San Jose Sharks

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Colorado: A first look at Evan Rodrigues in Avalanche colors. Colorado Avalanche

Vegas: It’s appearing that the Golden Knights will be playing the 2022-23 NHL season minus injured forward Nolan Patrick. Vegas Golden Knights

Montreal: Looking back at PK Subban’s greatest moments with the Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens

Vancouver: Former Canucks forward Jake Virtanen is getting a PTO from the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver Canucks

Calgary: Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar thinks the Flames are a better team than the first-place Florida Panthers squad he played for last season. Calgary Flames