Mike Ribeiro's son is trying to follow in his father's footsteps and he's making news for all the right reasons

Published August 16, 2022 at 11:58 PM

Training camps in the QMJHL have been underway since the beginning of the week. We can say that there are many young hockey players who want to be among the elite of junior hockey in Quebec.

Among these young players, we find the son of a former Habs player, Noah Williams-Ribeiro, son of Mike Ribeiro. Noah is 17 years old and is trying to break into the Gatineau Olympiques lineup. As Vincent Fournier of Danslescoulisses.com reports, he was unable to participate in training camp last year due to his vaccination status.

Normally, when a son of a former NHL player makes a career out of hockey, it is quite natural to compare the style of play and also the athletic ability between father and son. In the case of Noah Williams-Ribeiro, his father himself describes him as being bigger than he is and also admits that he is a power forward.

"He's a different player than I was. He's a little bigger and can play on the wing. I see him as a power forward. I know they have a lot of talent on offense, but if the Olympics want a guy who can hit and can play in front of the net, it can be a good matchup. He's a good passer, too."

Let's just say that this is pretty far from the style Mike Ribeiro played during his NHL career.

Last year with the Nashville Predators Junior in the U16 AAA level, the young player, who played left wing, had 14 points in 19 games and he also had 12 points in seven games with the Brentwood team in high school.

Obviously, seeing his son play in a QMJHL training camp makes Ribeiro very proud, but also quite nervous.

"I think I'm more nervous than he is. I was the same when I was in the stands. I was more nervous than when I was playing. It's a big day for him."

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The Olympiques will play a first prep game on July 19, when they visit the Drummondville Voltigeurs and it's a safe bet that Noah Williams-Ribeiro will be in the lineup, but also that there will be a very attentive dad in the stands.

The youngster will try to follow in his father's footsteps and break into a QMJHL lineup. This is the first big step.

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Mike Ribeiro's son is trying to follow in his father's footsteps and he's making news for all the right reasons

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