Getting in the gym as much as possible and on the ice whenever he could, Colby Jaquet didn’t take much time off during the pandemic pause although games were few and far between.
Jaquet became a King late in the 2019-20 season when he was picked up from the Selkirk Steelers and he put up 11 points in 20 games with the team. Returning to the team last season, Colby averaged a point-per-game with six assists in six games. And now, Colby is back in Dauphin for his final junior hockey season and what a start he’s off to. As the team is tied for first in the West Division, Colby is torching opponents with four goals and 14 assists in just 10 games.
Jaquet has the ability to make the perfect pass and he’s shown that on many occasions this year which is a big reason why he’s chalked up 14 assists. Colby says living in Dauphin and playing for the Kings has been a tremendous experience, although things have been cut short the past two seasons because of the pandemic. When it comes to this year’s team, everyone clicked right away.
“We have a really good group of guys and some great leaders in the room,” said Jaquet. “We’re all playing towards one common goal which is really exciting. All is good here.”
In his 20-year-old season, Colby is a part of the team’s leadership group as he joins Kaden Bryant and Cordell Coleman as assistant captains. It’s the first time he’s been a part of a leadership group during his junior career.
“It’s very special to me, especially because I haven’t been put in this spot before really,” added Jaquet. “It means a lot to me and I want to be the best leader I can be, it’s really important to me.”
After spending some time on the golf course earlier this week for a team builder at the Gilbert Plains Country Club, Jaquet and the rest of the crew were back on the ice on Tuesday afternoon preparing for another weekend home-and-home with the Virden Oil Capitals. Entering this weekend, Dauphin has won five straight games and is 8-2 on the campaign.
Dauphin is at Credit Union Place on Friday and while you make plans, Jaquet hopes to see you down at the rink.
“We’re playing really well right now and we have a lot of energy on the ice,” offered Jaquet. “We’re also a team that’s fun to watch, just a few reasons to come support us.”
Colby’s 18 points are tied for the fourth-most in the league with Justin Svenson of the Winkler Flyers. He also has one game-winning goal.
Without a scholarship to play at the next level at this point, Colby says he has a little bit extra motivation this season but he’s only focusing on the now and the now includes continuing to win games with Dauphin.
Get to know Jaquet:
What’s your favourite hockey memory? When I was like 11 or 12 and playing spring hockey, we won three tournaments in a row and in the last tournament, we beat our rivals
Are you a video game guy? No, I honestly haven’t really played video games for a couple of years now
Who are your favourite professional sports teams? Golden State Warriors, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Jets, Colorado Avalanche, Baltimore Ravens
Do you want to travel abroad? Yeah, I would love to see the world. Not one place, in particular, I would just love to see the world