Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas announced Thursday afternoon that the club has signed defenceman KYLE JENKINS to
an OHL Standard Player Agreement. The signing becomes the second in
less than a month for the Hounds after signing David Miller in early
"Our program is very excited to gain a full commitment
for Kyle Jenkins and his family today. Kyle has displayed an elite level
of play for a 16 year old playing Junior A for Oakville this season and
has been a big part of that club attaining success this season” began
Hounds GM Kyle Dubas.
Dubas went on to give a lot of a credit to
Hounds Director of Player Development for his work in the recruitment
and development of Jenkins. Said Dubas, "Wes did an excellent job
working with Kyle and his family through this process. As the young
players on our roster continue to progress and we gain commitments from
other members of our draft classes, you begin to see the invaluable role
that Wes plays within our Program."
In Jenkins, the Hounds secure their 4th
Round Selection from the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, who elected to
sign with the Greyhounds after being offered numerous NCAA scholarships
and visiting NCAA schools.
"The signing of Kyle
going head to head with some NCAA programs who had also made overtures
to Kyle, is another positive indication for where our program is and
where it s heading" explained Dubas.
"Kyle is an excellent skater
with tremendous hockey sense and instincts in all three zones. His
combination of skating, puck skills, and intelligence allow him to drive
possession in all 3 zones, fitting into the style of play implemented
by Coach Keefe."
In 30 games played this season with the Oakville Blades (OJHL), Kyle has 6 goals and 14 assists (20 points) which is good for 6th on Blades scoring, while also making him the highest defenceman statistically on the club.
Brampton, ON product recently participated for Team OJHL South at the
Central Canada Cup and the Central Canada Cup Top Prospects game
(December 2012) while back in November he was one of the few 16-year
olds named to the Team Canada East Selection camp by Hockey Canada for
the World Jr. A Hockey Challenge (November, 2012)
One year ago, the 6’0” rearguard was a member of the OHL Cup Champion Mississauga Rebels.
is an honour to sign with the Greyhounds of the OHL. It is
everything I had hoped for and dreamed about while playing minor hockey.
GM Dubas has been great with helping me making this decision. I
appreciate all of Kyle's efforts to date” started Jenkins.
Greyhounds have a great hockey history. It is a privilege to follow in
the footsteps of those who have played there such as Gretzky, Foote and
Carter. I very much look forward to putting on the Red and White jersey
and helping the Greyhounds win a Championship” the newest Hounds signee
Kyle becomes the 8th member of the 2012 OHL Priority
Selection class to sign with the hockey club joining Jared McCann, Kevin
Spinozzi, Nicholas Pastorious, Trent Mallette, David Miller, Brandon
Halverson, and Brandon Hughes.
The current plan is for Kyle to
remain with Oakville Jr A for the remainder of the season, but he will
be available to affiliate should the need arise.
"Our hockey club
would like to thank the staff of the Oakville Blades and the
Mississauaga Rebels Minor Hockey Club for their tremendous efforts in
developing Kyle. Most notably, Coaches Geoff Schomoygi and Matt Craig
deserve great recognition as they have coached Kyle for multiple years
and have made the greatest impact on his progression” concluded the
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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