On June 23, 2017, Gabe Vilardi made Canadian International Hockey Academy history and took his first step towards his NHL dream when he was drafted 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings. Now, he’s one step closer to that dream after signing a three year entry-level contract with the club.
A injury delayed the start of his season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, but once deemed healthy, Gabe was traded to his hometown Kingston Frontenacs where he is leading the charge on their quest for an OHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup. Related: CIHA Produces First NHL Draft Pick Gabe hasn’t missed a beat on the ice despite his injury. He currently has 43 points in 23 games, and is second in points per game average among players who have played at least 20 games. At 6’2 and over 200 pounds, Gabe has the size and smarts to be an impact player in the NHL as soon as next season. In what will likely be his final year of junior hockey, Gabe is determined to bring home some hardware for his hometown Frontenacs.  

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