Perth’s Coreau plays in historic NHL Centennial Classic

January 2, 2017 by

Perth's Jared Coreau, and the Detroit Red Wings fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-4 overtime loss yesterday at BMO Field in Toronto during the iconic outdoor Centennial Classic to kick off the NHL's 100th anniversary celebrations.

The netminder was playing in just his fourth NHL game and made 23 saves before a crowd of 40,148 - including luminaries such as Wayne Gretzky.

His parents, Jeff and Sharon Coreau were on hand to witness the game.  Following the contest, Jeff Coreau told Lake 88 they were thrilled to be able to watch their son become a part of hockey history. He said, "It was the a first time experience with boisterous fans, loud music and the excitement was electric."

Coreau added he and Sharon were proud of their son. "We are so proud of that ten-year-old boy telling us he would play in the NHL and there we were, watching him do just that."

Jared Coreau was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins  in late December after Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was injured.  His record in the NHL is 2-2-0.

The Detroit Red Wings next game is in Anaheim against the Ducks on January 4th, followed by a match up with the Los Angeles Kings on January 5th.