A Look At: St. Catharines’ Jake Evans – by C. Scott Holland
Being a centreman in hockey can be rewarding if one does their job well and for St. Catharines Falcons’ centre Jake Evans playing that position on a strong team definitely has its benefits.
For the 20 year-old sophomore who attends Brock University, only two items rule his life outside of hockey: school and work.
He definitely has put his education first and has arranged his schedule so that he has classes in the mornings thus leaving plenty of time to work hockey into his schedule.
As for his NHL role model he said, “Joe Thornton, because he’s big, strong and a playmaker.”
Evans hailed St. Catharines’ Jack Gatecliff Rink as his favourite because “fans are loud and stuff happens quickly.”
But for the Thorold native, “Pelham’s arena – It’s small and there’s not much room,” is one in which he hates playing.
His hockey career has several highlights in it. “Winning an OMHA title and getting drafted,” he said.
Despite having played only two seasons of junior hockey, he feels that he contributes, “playmaking, hard-hitting and an intensity to every shift” in which he performs for St. Catharines. That style of play is evident via his stats for the season – 20 gp. 7 goals, 21 assists and 104 penalty minutes.
But at 6′ and 200 lbs. he knows he has to work on “my speed and skating” to improve his game.
No matter how much better Jake becomes, all of his energy is only one ingredient which has aided the Falcons in becoming a tough team to conquer this season.
Although he has no specific future plans, his education and hockey are foremost on his radar at the moment.
The GOJHL and the Falcons wish him best of luck in all his future endeavors and his natural aggressiveness should be a great asset in obtaining his goals wherever he goes.
(photo credit – Julie Jocsak – St. Catharines Standard)
C.C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan. He can be reached at: email@example.com