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Facing Komets to be 'surreal' for [Jackson] Leef

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Facing Komets to be 'surreal' for [Jackson] Leef

By Justin A. Cohn - The [Fort Wayne] Journal Gazette


When Jackson Leef skates on to the Memorial Coliseum ice Thursday night as a member of the Brampton Beast, he'll look toward the corner seats and it'll undoubtedly conjure up a million memories.

That was the spot where Jackson sat so many nights with his father, Ron, and watched the Komets play. This is the ice that his dad became one of the Komets' all-time greats from 1981 to 1987 – 57 goals and 120 points in 1982-83 – as he skated toward the team's Hall of Fame. This is the building in which Jackson watched Colin Chaulk captain the Komets to five championships and now Chaulk is coaching him against the Komets.

“I'm excited,” Leef said Wednesday. “I'd always, obviously, gone to all the games there my whole life. I always sat in the same spot with my dad. It seems kind of surreal at this point. It hasn't really hit me yet. It should be fun.”

Leef, 26, has three goals and 11 points in 15 games for the Beast in his second full season of professional hockey.


After a junior career in both the United States and North American Hockey Leagues, Leef had a successful collegiate career at Westfield State University from 2013 to 2017. As a senior, he was the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year with 19 goals and 40 points in 26 games.

Since then, he's played 32 games in the Single-A Southern Professional Hockey League, 59 games with Brampton and once with Laval of the American Hockey League.

Read more at: http://www.journalgazette.net/blog/ice-chips/20181121/facing-komets-to-be-surreal-for-leef

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