The Gee-Gees men’s hockey team has signed another member of the 2016-17 squad, adding Jacob Hanlon of the Kingston Voyageurs. The 5-foot-10 forward, originally from Mississauga, Ont., was a vital piece of the Voyageurs’ run to the OJHL North-East conference championship series.
Hanlon contributed three goals and eight assists in 12 playoff games after a fifty-point regular season. Serving as alternate captain, he ranked second in scoring on the Voyageurs with 20 goals and 30 assists through 54 games. He was also just one of two players on the roster to play all 54 games. Prior to lacing up with Kingston, Hanlon spent two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. He also experienced success with the Clippers, going to the BCHL finals in 2015.
“He’s one of the hardest working guys that I’ve seen in any league this season,” noted Gee-Gees head coach Patrick Grandmaitre, who first met Hanlon at the Buffalo showcase.
“I’m a two hundred foot player. I’m not all about offence, I can play a hard defensive game too,” says the newest Gee-Gee who is interested in studying both environmental science and marketing.
“We were pretty much a brand new team last year, there were only about four returning players. We had a brand new coaching staff and management as well. We got off to a slow start but we were able to turn the ship around,” explains Hanlon, who recognizes the parallels with his new squad.
“The key was patience, and we stuck together. We kept working, putting the time in, coming to the rink every day with good attitudes. I did everything that I could to make the most of it because it was my last year.”
Hanlon has a large family contingent in the Ottawa area and points out that his father attended uOttawa. “It’s kind of like a second home to me. My grandparents, Robert and Wendy, have been following my career for the last three years and it will be great to get them out at the games.”
“Talking with Patrick and doing my research on the school made it seem like a very good fit. We have the opportunity to a part of something new and establish the culture for the future.”