Jackson native Blade Jenkins, who cut his teeth in the Jackson hockey program, and is the son of Jackson hockey legend Todd Jenkins (who helped put the University of Maine’s hockey program on the map) was drafted Saturday by the New York Islanders of the NHL.
The 17-year-old Jenkins was taken 134th overall, pick number 10 in the 5th round. Jenkins was in Dallas for the Draft, and was able to speak to the Islander media team.
Jenkins was selected 4th overall in the 2016 OHL Draft by the Saginaw Spirit, one pick ahead of Barrett Hayton, who was selected 5th overall by Montreal in the draft. He finished last season 2nd on the team in points, and was selected to the OHL All-Rookie Team.
Blade, an apt name for a hockey player, explains the origins of his name.