Jeff Jakaitis

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Jeff Jakaitis
Jeff Jakaitis.jpg
Born (1983-06-09) June 9, 1983 (age 33)
Rochester, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
GET team
Former teams
Lørenskog IK
Portland Pirates
HC Pustertal Wölfe
Worcester Sharks
Providence Bruins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Jeff Jakaitis (born June 9, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for Norwegian club, Lørenskog IK of the GET-ligaen (GET).

Playing career[edit]

Jakaitis played college hockey for the Lake Superior State Lakers in the CCHA (NCAA Division I). He was named to the All-CCHA First Team at the completion of the 2005–06 season and to the All-CCHA Second team at the completion of the 2006-07.[1]

Jakaitis began his professional career in the 2007–08 season with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. He played in 36 games in his first pro season posting a 2.92 GAA and .909 save percentage. For the 2008–09 season Jakaitis signed with the Charlotte Checkers and played 47 ECHL games that year along with 1 American Hockey League game for the Portland Pirates.

Jakaitis relocated to Italy to play with HC Pustertal Wölfe of the Elite.A (at the time called Serie A).[2] While with the Italian club he played in 39 games.

After one season in Italy Jakaitis returned to North America by signing with the Dayton Gems of the Central Hockey League for the 2010–11 season playing 42 games with that club and played in the 2011 Central Hockey League All-Star Game.[3] During this season he earned tryouts with the Worcester Sharks and the Portland Pirates but was unsuccessful on both occasions.[4][5]

For the 2011-12 season he signed with the Rochester Americans[6] but did not play for them during that season as he was reassigned to play with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, he played in 26 ECHL games and won the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for his play.[7]

In 2012-13 Jakaitis started out without a team, but was signed briefly by the Gladiators as an emergency backup[8] before being signed by the South Carolina Stingrays on December 11, 2012.[9] He was signed to a professional tryout contract by the Houston Aeros of the AHL but was returned to the Stingrays the next day without playing a game for the team.

On September 13, 2013 the Stingrays resigned Jakaitis.[10]

From March 7 through March 20, 2015, Jakaitis set the longest shutout streak in the ECHL and minor league hockey with a time of 321 minutes, 46 seconds, just short of the all-time professional hockey record set by Brian Boucher's 332 minutes, 1 second during the 2003-04 NHL season while backstopping the Phoenix Coyotes.[11] During this time the Stingrays would also set a league record with 23 straight wins. Jakaitis would be named the ECHL's Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2014–15 regular season.[12]

On August, 17, 2015, Jakaitis left the Stingrays after three seasons and made a second venture to Europe, signing a one-year contract with Norwegian club, Lørenskog IK of the GET-ligaen.[13]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 2005–06[1]
All-CCHA Second Team 2006-07[1]
NCAA Lowes Senior Class All-Americans 1st Team 2006–07[14]
ECHL Goaltender of the Month (October) 2008–09
ECHL Goaltender of the Week (10/17-10/19) 2008–09
ECHL Goaltender Of The Week (02/16-02/22) 2008–09
2011 Central Hockey League All-Star Game 2010–11
ECHL Goaltender of the Year 2011–12[7]
All-ECHL First Team 2013–14[15]
ECHL Most Valuable Player
ECHL Goaltender of the Year
All-ECHL First Team


  1. ^ a b c "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Jakaitis il nuovo portiere dei Lupi pusteresi!!!". HC Pustertal Wölfe. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Gems Sign Goaltender". 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Worcester Sharks bite their way to 3rd". Worcester Sharks. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Pirates Sign Jakaitis". 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Dayton Gems Netminder Jeff Jakaitis Moves on to AHL". 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Gwinnett Jakaitis named Reebok ECHL goaltender of the year". ECHL. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  8. ^ "ECHL TRANSACTIONS - DEC. 5". ECHL. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Stingrays Sign 2012 ECHL Goaltender of the Year". South Carolina Stingrays. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Stingrays Re-Sign 2012 ECHL Goaltender of the Year Jeff Jakaitis". South Carolina Stingrays. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  11. ^ "South Carolina Stingrays extend record winning streak to 20 games". The Post and Courier. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  13. ^ "Jeff Jakaitis signs with LIK" (in Norwegian). Lørenskog IK. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  14. ^ "NCAA Lowes Senior Class All-Americans 1st Team". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  15. ^ "All-ECHL First Team announced". ECHL. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Sigalet
Perani Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Jeff Lerg