Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Jackson
Although he was not blessed with natural scoring ability, Jeff Jackson used his speed and size to drive to the net, dig the puck out of the corners, and check the best forwards on the opposition. He played parts of eight seasons in the NHL with four different teams.

Jackson hailed from the southwestern Ontario community of Dresden. He learned the game in the local system before spending one year with the Tier II Newmarket Flyers. He was then chosen by the Brantford Alexanders in the OHL Draft. Jackson recorded 112 points in two seasons with Brantford and was the second round choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983 in the NHL Entry Draft. In 1984 he was voted the Alexanders' most valuable player.

In 1984-85, Jackson scored 27 points in 20 games for the Hamilton Steelhawks (formerly the Brantford Alexanders), and helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Jackson was Canada's third leading scoring with eight points in seven games playing on a line with Brian Bradley and Adam Creighton. To top the year off, he suited up with the Maple Leafs for 17 games. He spent most of the next season gaining seasoning with the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL. Jackson's defensive play and work in the corners improved under Saints' coach John Brophy.

It appeared that Jackson had locked up a regular spot in the Maple Leaf lineup in 1986-87 when a trade brought him to the New York Rangers. The deal was more a function of the Leafs wanting the experienced Mark Osborne in return. Prior to the 1987-88 Jackson was part of major deal with Quebec for John Ogrodnick.

Jackson played his finest hockey during his three-plus years with the Nordiques but the team was the worst in the NHL. During these difficult years he formed an effective checking line with Mike Eagles and Alan Haworth. He played one game with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1991-92 after signing as a free agent then retired at the end of the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Newmarket Flyers ON-Jr.A 45 30 39 69 105
1982-83 Brantford Alexanders OHL 64 18 25 43 63 8 1 1 2 27
1983-84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 58 27 42 69 78 2 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 20 13 14 27 51 17 8 12 20 26
1984-85 Canada WJC-A 7 1 7 8 10
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 1 1 24 -4
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 2 3 2 +3
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 74 17 28 45 122 13 5 2 7 30
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 8 7 15 64 -11
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 7 3 6 9 13
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 9 5 1 6 15 -3 6 1 1 2 16
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 9 18 27 103 +5
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 33 4 6 10 28 -15
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 65 8 12 20 71 -21
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 10 3 1 4 4 +3
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 25 8 17 25 45
1991-92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 30 10 14 24 60 5 0 5 5 6
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 18 3 7 10 41
NHL Totals 263 38 48 86 313 6 1 1 2 16


Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto with Toronto's 3rd round pick (Rob Zamuner) in 1989 NHL Draft for Mark Osborne, March 5, 1987. Traded to Quebec by NY Rangers with Terry Carkner for John Ogrodnick and David Shaw, September 30, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, February 19, 1992.
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