Jamahl Eakett, seen here playing for the Hinton Timberwolves during the 2019 season, has been announced as the new assistant coach and recruiter for the Edson Aeros.
Timberwolves forward Jamahl Eakett ended his playing career as the Western States Hockey League leading scorer in the COVID-19 shortened 2019 regular season.
Acquired by the Hinton Timberwolves prior to the 2019-2020 season, he notched 60 goals and 63 assists for 123 points in just 40 games.
With his playing career over, the WSHL’s second all-time leading scorer is making the move behind the bench, and down the road.
Eakett was announced this past week as the new assistant coach and recruiter for the Edson Aeros.
“We’re obviously very excited to have someone of Jamahls’s offensive prowness join our team. We are hoping he can translate that into coaching with the mentorship of Coach Lynch. We have every confidence that it will happen,” said Aeros owner Axel Axmann in a written statement, indicating Eakett had reached out to them.
Despite the shortened season that saw him vault into second place in the WSHL all-time goal scoring list and finished his career with 164 goals and 183 assists.
“I want to start coaching and get into it that way and I believe your program was the best one to jump into because of the experience in coaching … I can’t wait to get started!” Eakett was quoted in an April 7 posting on the Aeros website.
The WSHL season was cancelled on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Ron White, in a statement announcing the season cancellation on the league website, said the WSHL had never found itself in this position in 26 years of existence.
The Hinton Timberwolves were in second place in the Provincial Division, the second year in a row that the Hinton franchise has finished behind the Edson Aeros.
With that said, a number of late season moves had Hinton hoping to earn a spot in the league championship tournament – the Thorne Cup.
The tournament would have been played March 31 – April 4 in Colorado.