Moose Jaw’s blueline will have a little “Southern Saskatchewan” to it this season, on the day of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft the tribe acquired Weyburn product Reid Jackson from Prince George for Dallas Ehrhardt and draft pick.
“I got the call from (Prince George GM) Dallas Thompson, obviously I was very excited to get to come somewhere close to home,” said the 19 year old defencemen. “I grew up watching the Warriors, just being an hour away they were always my favorite team growing up. They’ve always been the number one organization to me, there’s no place better in the league to play I think.”
“It’s been so easy, the guys have been great to me,” he said on the adjustment to life with the Warriors. “They’ve let me in and I feel like I’m already a leader on this team, as soon as I walked into the room they really accepted me.”
Jackson was selected by Lethbridge in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft; he played 50 games for the Hurricanes in 2009-10 and then 51 in 2010-11. Last season he played seven games with the Hurricanes and then was dealt to Prince George, he played in 48 games for the Cougars scoring three goals and finishing with 12 points and 57 penalty minutes. In his three year WHL career Reid has played in 156 games, scoring ten goals and has 40 points and 183 penalty minutes.
“I’m a good skater, I think that’s my strong suit, I’m going to make a good first pass out of the zone,” said Jackson when describing the type of player that he is. “Obviously last year I didn’t put up the numbers that I would have liked but I’ll do whatever the team needs me too. I can put up points, I can play on the power play and penalty kill, and I can shut down the team’s top lines.”
Jackson comes to the Warriors in his 19 year old season, and says he’s looking forward to being asked to provide leadership to some of the younger players. “This is probably the first time since bantam hockey that I’ve been one of the oldest guys on the team, I’m looking forward to it (being a leader). “
“We have such a good core group of young guys, they just have to keep their ears open and listen to what the older guys have to say, we’ve been in the league for a long time,” he added. “We can learn some things from them too because we’ve got some talented young guys like Brayden Point and Bryson Gore, they’re all good players.”
Jackson hasn’t made his debut for the Tribe yet, but admits he’s looking forward to hopefully getting into a pre-season game this weekend against Swift Current, which would be the first time he’ll pull on a Warrior jersey. “If I can get into a game or maybe two this weekend that would be great, I’d like to get into the feel of things. Training camp is a little bit slower than pre-season; it would be good to get into one or both of them before the regular season.”
The Warriors remain idle until this weekend they take on the Broncos in a home-and-home series, the first game is Friday in Maple Creek, and the back half is Sunday, September 9th at 2pm at Mosaic Place. Moose Jaw will take on Brandon in a weekend series September 14 and 15th to close out the pre-season; the regular season opens September 21st when the Warriors battle Swift Current at Mosaic Place.