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Stockfish making the most of his time in the BCHL

'I developed into a stronger player as a result of the competition'
Photo courtesy Vicki Brown.

Hockey is an art that requires commitment, passion and skill. Over the course of his career Jack Stockfish has proven that if these virtues are followed with respect, they can pay major dividends in terms of skills and abilities. Jack has been able to enjoy the fruits of his labour over the course of his career, most notably being selected in the 2018 OHL priority draft by the North Bay Battalion.

Over the past several years Jack spent time with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League, where over a course of 108 games the 6’3” centermen amassed 81 points.

 “I will always cherish my time with the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Being able to play with three of my former North Bay teammates was an unforgettable experience. I am very grateful for everything Pembroke provided for me in my three years there.”

However, rather than returning to Pembroke’s royalty for the 2022-2023 hockey season, the 20-year-old North Bay native found a different crown to wear.

Jack was traded in the 2022 off-season by the Lumber Kings to the British Columbia Junior 'A' Hockey League to the Prince George Spruce Kings team located in northeastern B.C. 

“My time with the Prince George Spruce Kings has been phenomenal," he said.  

"The organization is incredible, and I have been treated exceptionally well. Although the adjustment was challenging in the beginning, over time I developed into a stronger player as a result of the competition. Prince George was an easy choice due to its great track record of winning and the development of players.”

Jack had a unique experience throughout his minor hockey career, Michael Stockfish his dad, was the coach of essentially all his teams, and although an unorthodox situation, all those teams found great success.

“Having my father as my coach throughout my time in North Bay was an incredible experience. Despite some minor arguments and disagreements, I will always remember all the championships he coached us to, and the guidance he provided for myself and all the players.”

 Jack, whose hockey career commenced in North Bay, held onto the lessons he’s learned from his hometown, and to this day continues to cherish them.

‘‘The North Bay hockey system played a vital role in my success on and off the ice. I would not be where I am without the mentors who devoted so much time into my development. I was instilled with discipline, taught what it takes to be great and how to be a team player in every environment.’’

For Jack, having success on the ice has correlated to better opportunities for his hockey career. His next chapter will be a completely new experience as it will be located outside of the borders of Canada.

“After my junior career comes to an end, I will be playing Division 1 College Hockey in the USA. I will be attending The College of Holy Cross this fall in Worcester, Massachusetts.”

Jack exemplifies enviable traits for such as passion, dedication and hard work. His journey is one that should be studied by younger generations attempting to follow in his footsteps.