Jeremy Van Hoof played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2000-01, all with the Ottawa 67’s. In his first and last seasons in the OHL, Ottawa made a trip to the Memorial Cup and was successful in one attempt.
In his first season, despite the Belleville Bulls beating the London Knights for the Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey League champions, the 67’s were the Memorial Cup host and won the Cup on home ice. In Van Hoof’s final season, Ottawa won the Robertson with a victory over the Plymouth Whalers but was unsuccessful at the Memorial Cup.
Jeremy entered the NHL Entry Draft twice. In 1999, he was taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 57th overall. Pittsburgh didn’t give him the love and he re-entered to the draft for 2001 and was picked by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round, 222nd overall.
Van Hoof played in nine games in the American Hockey League over two seasons but mostly spent his time in the East Coast Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2005-06. His first European experience came in 2006-07 with HC Fassa of Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio. After a season in the Central Hockey League in 2007-08, Jeremy returned to HC Fassa the following year.
This past season, 2009-10, in what was his best season to date as far as straight numbers, Van Hoof played for High1 of the ALIH (Asia League). High1 plays out of South Korea. Jeremy contributed 36 points from the blue line in 35 games.
Van Hoof started this season in the Federal Hockey League with the Akwesasne Warriors and appeared in eleven games. He has just recently signed with the Guildford Flames of Great Britain’s EPIHL, the second division to the EIHL.
Read this previous article on Jeremy Van Hoof’s teammate with the Akwesasne Warriors.