Jim Jackson (ice hockey)

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Jim Jackson
Born (1960-02-01) February 1, 1960 (age 54)
Oshawa, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1976–1990

James Kenneth Jackson (born February 1, 1960 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey right winger. He played for the Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.

"Jackson was a multi-award winning player in minor hockey. Drafted by the Oshawa Generals, Jim played 4 years of Junior Hockey with the Generals and the Niagara Falls Flyers. The Eastern Hockey League Richmond Rifles were Jim's first pro-team in 1980. The next season, Jim made the 2nd All-Star Team while playing for the Muskegon Mohawks of the International Hockey League. The next 3 seasons were spent with the National Hockey League Calgary Flames, as well as teams in Colorado and Moncton. In 1985, the Buffalo Sabres assigned Jim to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Americans were league champions in 1986-87, winning the Calder Cup. In 112 National Hockey games, Jim scored 17 goals and 47 points. With Rochester, he scored 93 goals and 205 assists in 360 games."[1]

Resettling in numerous new cities during his hockey career did not prevent Jim from becoming involved in the local charitable and community events. Known as "J.J." while playing in Rochester, N.Y. with the Rochester Americans, Jackson quickly became a fan favourite noted for his skill in blocking shots on the penalty kill.

In 2001, Jackson was inducted into Rochester Americans Hockey Hall of Fame."[2] The following year he was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame.[3] In 1990, Jim Jackson retired as a professional hockey player. His love for the game and his sense of community spirit has inspired him to stay active in the sport, coaching Durham Region hockey teams. Currently (November 2012), Jim is the head coach of the Lady Wildcats hockey program, in the pee-wee, bantam and midget age divisions.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born to Ralph (Curly) Kenneth Jackson and Joan Thérèse Melvina Jackson (née Cardinal) in Oshawa, Ontario. A welcome addition to his family, he was the third child of the Jackson's eventual four children. Curious, bright and physically active as a toddler, Jim learned to skate early in life. Each Autumn, his father constructed a wooden frame in preparation for packing and flooding their large backyard rink. Encouraged by his parents and their love of hockey, Jim was a mere two years old when he first hit the ice. He quickly found his comfort level and, by the age of four, he was playing alongside his older brother against the neighbourhood boys, battling through games as their favourite NHL player. In early spring, when warm weather broke the ice, road hockey became their passion.

Hockey played a major role in life at the Jackson home. Family and friends would faithfully gather for Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night. It was an animated, fun-filled evening with a few drinks, lively bantering, play analysis, player critiquing, plenty of snacks and a pot collected from 10 cent bets on the outcome of the game. Within this family dynamic young Jim became, not only an avid hockey fan but, a staunch Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Eddie Shack, Red Kelly and Tim Horton, hockey greats of the 1960s, were among Jackson's idols. Jim would also find inspiration in a young defencemen living just around the corner from him. Bobby Orr, the future Boston Bruins star, was boarding with an Oshawa family [4] while he played for the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).

Awards[edit]

Calder Cup Champion Rochester Americans 1986-87[5]

Rochester Americans Hockey Hall of Fame inducted 2001[6]

Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame inducted 2002[7]

Career Statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Club League GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Parkway AAA Selects Minor-ON 77 47 55 102 50
1976-77 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 65 13 40 53 26
1977-78 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 68 33 47 80 60 6 2 2 4 26
1978-79 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 62 26 39 65 73 20 6 9 15 16
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 66 29 57 86 55 10 7 8 15 8
1980-81 Richmond Rifles EHL 58 17 43 60 42 10 1 0 1 4
1981-82 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 82 24 51 75 72
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 48 8 12 20 7 +9 8 2 1 3 2
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 30 10 16 26 4
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 49 6 14 20 13 +1 6 1 1 2 4
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 25 5 27 32 4
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 10 1 4 5 0 +1
1984-85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 24 2 5 7 6
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 65 16 32 48 10
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 71 19 38 57 48 16 5 4 9 6
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 2 0 2 0 0
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 74 23 48 71 23 7 2 6 8 4
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 73 19 50 69 14
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 77 16 37 53 14 9 1 5 6 4
Totals 112 17 30 47 20 14 3 2 5 6
  • EHL Second All-Star Team (1981) Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 26, 1985.
  • IHL Second All-Star Team (1982) Signed as a free agent by Calgary, October 8, 1982.

Career Statistics Source: Hockey Hall of Fame[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Block quote from the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame. "Inductees for 2002". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rochester Americans". amerks.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame". oshawasportshalloffame.com. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brunt 2006, pp. 78–79.
  5. ^ "American Hockey League". theahl.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rochester Americans". amerks.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame". oshawasportshalloffame.com. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jim Kenneth Jackson hockey statistics & profile". legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
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