When Stanley’s boys came to the EIHL: Ric Jackman

Ric Jackman spent his last two years as a professional hockey player in the Elite Ice Hockey league. Playing on the blue line for the likes of Braehead Clan and finishing his career with the Fife Flyers.

But having played in the EIHL, he is also a Stanley Cup Champion.

Jackman’s career began in Junior hockey with the Mississauga Senators of the then MetJAHL.

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He would then make the step up to major junior hockey playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL where his efforts for the Greyhounds would get him drafted in round 1, 5th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.

Ric would spend a few more years in junior before making his pro debut with the Michigan K-Wings of the then International Hockey League who at the time were the affiliates of the Dallas Stars. In the 1999/00 season he would make his NHL debut and man the blue line for the Stars.

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During the Summer of 2001, Jackman would be traded to the Boston Bruins for Cameron Mann. However, the 2001/02 season would prove to be his unluckiest season yet, having suffered a shoulder injury during training camp that would sideline him for the majority of the season. On his return he would be sent down to their AHL affiliates Providence Bruins to then suffer an ankle injury that would take him out until the tail end of the season.

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Come the 2002/03 season, Jackman would be traded to his home town team, the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would begin his tenure with their AHL affiliates the St. John’s Maple Leafs. He would later be recalled to the main team to finish up the rest of the season.

On February 11, 2004, Jackman was traded off to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the veteran defenceman Drake Berehowsky. He iced in 25 games with the Penguins and saw out the remainder of the season.

The 2004/05 season would see the NHL Lockout take effect with the season officially being cancelled on February 16, 2005. Many NHLers moved overseas to play hockey, with Jackman being one of them. He would play the lockout season with IF Björklöven of the Swedish Allsvenskan before making a return to the NHL.

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With the lockout concluded and the 2005/06 season about to get underway, Jackman would return to the Penguins to pick up where he left off and continue his most offensive run during his NHL career.

However, a struggling Penguins team would trade Jackman to the Florida Panthers for Petr Taticek.

His time with the Panthers would be short lived and he would be traded again to the Anaheim Ducks on January 3, 2007. This trade would be the most important of his career as he would go on to become a Stanley Cup champion as the Ducks secured the vital win in game 5 of the series.

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Photo: Jim McIsaac

During the Summer of 2007 Jackman would decide not to return to the NHL and opt to playing overseas in Europe and Asia for the likes of EC Salzburg, Leksands IF, EHC Biel-Bienne.

On October 19, 2010 he would return to the Utah Grizzlies. icing in 16 games for the ECHL side before making his way back to Slovakia to finish up the 2010/11 season with HC Slovan Bratislava.

Jackman would spend 2 seasons in South Korea with Anyang Halla before making the move back to the EBEL icing for Fehérvár AV19 during the 2013/14 season.

The following season would see Jackman back in Asia, this time icing for Japan side Nippon Paper Cranes before completing his final two seasons in the EIHL with Braehead Clan and the Fife Flyers.

Ric (Richard) Jackman racked up a career total of 1339 games played, 327 goals and 596 assists all amounting up to 873 total points.

Where is he now?

Jackman is now coaching Junior Hockey team the Bradford Rattlers in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.

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