Dub to NHL
Just three years ago, Jackson Lacombe 18’ was a Forward and playing for the Midget AA team at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Now he is playing for the University of Minnesota in addition to being a second-round NHL draft pick.
Jackson has fond memories of SSM, “ Some of my favorite moments at Shattuck had to have been all the times with the boys. Going on roadies, playing in student section games, and playing at nationals. We all shared a lot of memories together which was very special”.
Lacombe is a prime example of hard work paying off. Three seasons ago, Jackson’s name appeared on the Midget AA roster after tryouts, as a forward. One year later, he committed to the University of Minnesota and represented his country at the Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, Alberta all as a defenseman. The following season he recorded 89 points in just 54 games at the u18 Prep level, beating the school’s single-season point record as a defenseman.
After this outstanding season, Jackson was invited to the NHL Combine in Buffalo, New York. When asked about his time there, Jackson said, “It was a really fun experience, meeting a lot of really good players was very cool”. The story didn’t end there. On June 22, 2019, Jackson Lacombe heard his name announced in Vancouver, British Columbia in the second round of the NHL draft 39th overall to the Anaheim Ducks. When asked about the extra pressure he felt with these scouts in the stands, he humbly responded, “Although it was a dream of mine to be drafted, I never really wanted to think about it during the season. It shouldn’t be a thought when the main goal of the team is to win. Thinking and worrying about yourself and what scouts are watching is very selfish, and nobody wants to play with players who are selfish”.
When asking Jackson about every hockey player’s dream of being on that stage, he said, “It was a crazy feeling, something I have never felt before. Especially being there with a lot of friends who were also drafted I was very happy for everyone”. Jackson then attended the Anaheim Duck’s player development camp the following week with all of the professional players already with the organization. When asked about his time there he stated, “It was a learning experience, it was the first taste of what it would be like to play pro hockey. Got to practice and workout down in Anaheim and see the other great players they have. It was cool skating with players like Troy Terry, Max Jones, and the Shattuck alum Patrick Eaves”.
Jackson’s former teammate, Jackson Kunz 21’ said, “Last year Jackson was one of our leaders and the kind of kid you want representing your team as well as your school. He was a humble kid and would always do what was asked of him”. Jackson has a bright future ahead of him and has added to the legacy of Shattuck hockey.