Nearly a decade after his finale in the National Hockey League put his name on the Stanley Cup, OHL grad Ric Jackman is sure to give the fans of the Braehead Clan a thrill in the upcoming 2015-16 EIHL season. Jackman will be teamed on the Scottish club’s blue line with fellow Ontario Hockey League alumnus Scott Aarssen for the upcoming campaign.
Jackman played three years in the OHL from 1995-96 to 1997-98 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was a second round pick by the Greyhounds at the 1995 OHL Priority Selection, 19th overall. In his first year, Ric was voted to the CHL All-Rookie Team. In his final season, he was a Second Team All-Star in the OHL.
Ric played for Canada at the 1997 IIHF World Juniors, held in Switzerland. Canada won gold with a 2-0 win over the United States in the final. Proof of how far the tournament has come in the past two decades, the attendance at that gold medal game was just 4,269.
Along with his all-star season in 1997-98, Jackman also put up the best numbers of his junior career. Over 60 regular season games, he scored 33 and assisted on 40 for 73 points. Unfortunately, he couldn’t held Sault Ste. Marie qualify for the post season.
At the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Jackman was taken fifth overall by the Dallas Stars. In a not particularly strong draft, just Chris Phillips, Andrei Zyuzin, J.P. Dumont and Alexandre Volchkov were taken ahead of him. Volchkov was a fellow OHLer, playing with the Barrie Colts in 1995-96 and 1996-97. He went on to play just three games in the NHL, all with the Washington Capitals in 1999-00.
Jackman’s first pro action came at the end of the 1997-98 season after the Greyhounds were left out of the post season party. He appeared in 14 regular season games for the Michigan K-Wings of the IHL, followed by four more games in the Turner Cup playoffs.
Since 1998-99, Ric has played in the IHL, NHL, AHL, ECHL, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, Austria’s EBEL, Switzerland’s NLA, Slovakia’s Extraliga and the Asia League of Hockey. He played 231 regular season games in the National Hockey League between 1999-00 and 2006-07 with the Stars, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks. Over that time, he totalled 77 points.
His only seven games in the Stanley Cup playoffs came in 2006-07 with the Ducks. He was traded from the Panthers midseason, just in time to win a championship with Anaheim. He was traded for a draft pick. That draft pick turned out to be another OHL grad, Corey Syvret.
In three of the past four seasons, Jackman has played in the ALH. In 2014-15, he played for the Nippon Paper Cranes.
Ric Jackman is signed for one year with the Braehead Clan of the EIHL, through the 2015-16 season.
The Clan joined the EIHL for the 2010-11 season. In each of their first five seasons, Braehead has reached the post season. Each year, eight of the league’s ten teams compete in the playoffs. The Clan play home games at the Braehead Arena in Glascow, Scotland, a 4,000 seat venue that opened in 1999.
Also on the blue line is OHL grad Scott Aarssen. Aarssen played with the London Knights from 2004-05 to 2008-09. Scott has been with the Clan since the 2013-14 EIHL season.
The EIHL is a pretty stable league. There is one change for the upcoming season. The Manchester Storm have replaced the Hull Stingrays.