Offensive defenseman Cole Jarrett will start the 2017-18 season in the Elite Ice Hockey League with the Belfast Giants. Jarrett was the highest scoring blue liner in the Asia League of Hockey this past season. With the Giants, Cole will play under head coach and fellow OHL grad Adam Keefe. Keefe moves behind the bench after playing with the club from 2011-12 to 2016-17. Other Ontario Hockey League alumni on the roster include Ryan Martinelli and Kevin Raine.
Cole Jarrett played four years in the OHL from 1999-00 to 2002-03, all with the Plymouth Whalers. Jarrett was a third round pick by the Whalers at the 1999 OHL Priority Selection, 44th overall. Over his four years, he scored 43 goals and assisted on 108 for 151 points in 226 regular season games. In a lofty 62 playoff games, he added 41 points.
The playoff success in Plymouth started in his rookie season when the Whalers lost in the finals to the Barrie Colts. They reached the finals again the following season before bowing to the Ottawa 67’s. In 2001-02, the team finished first overall during the regular season but were upset by the London Knights in the opening round. In 2002-03, the Whalers reached the Western Conference finals before losing to the Kitchener Rangers in seven games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Jarrett in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 141st overall. Cole has played pro hockey since 2003-04 in the AHL, NHL, Germany’s DEL, Finland’s Liiga, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, Austria’s EBEL and the Asia League. His National Hockey League experience consists of a single game with the New York Islanders in 2005-06.
Jarrett led the ALH’s defensemen twice. In 2010-11, he led with 51 points in 34 games with the Tohoku Free Blades. This past season, 2016-17, he led the way again, this time with 46 points in 45 games for the Free Blades. In 2013-14, he was the top scoring defenseman in the EBEL, totaling 43 points in 50 games with Villacher SV.
The Stena Line Belfast Giants began life in 2000-01 in the old BISL. They moved to the EIHL for 2003-04 when that league replaced the BISL. Typically a strong team each season, their lone EIHL playoff championship came in 2009-10 with losses in the finals in 2012-13 and 2013-14. This past season, the Giants finished second in the ten team league and lost in the semi-finals.
Ryan Martinelli will start his second year with the team in 2017-18. Martinelli played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2006-07 with the London Knights. Kevin Raine will start his first season with Belfast. Raine played four years in the OHL from 2010-11 to 2013-14 with the Knights and Sudbury Wolves.
Head coach Adam Keefe played with the team from 2011-12 to 2016-17 and was team captain in his final five seasons. Keefe played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2004-05 with the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers.
Cole Jarrett OHL Stats