Nanaimo, BC – Nanaimo Buccaneers General Manager and Head Coach Lee Stone has announced the hiring of Vin Jackson in the role of Assistant Coach for the 2023/24 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season.
“I am looking forward to coaching the Bucs because of the rich history of hockey in Nanaimo and the great support of our fans. It’s a great situation for success with a lot of the right ingredients already in place, and I hope I can add to that and help bring a championship to the city of Nanaimo,” said Jackson. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about Nanaimo as a city and the Buccaneers organization. I have complete trust in Lee Stone that he’s the best man to work for in my first year as a coach, and I believe the city of Nanaimo will take me in with open arms, so it was an easy decision to join the Buccaneers.”
The twenty-one year old Jackson recently finished his playing career with the Campbell River Storm after playing parts of six seasons spent mostly in the KIJHL. During his playing career, Jackson served as a Captain and Assistant Captain and tallied 43 goals and 57 assists for 100 points in 175 game played.
The right-winger served as captain for his hometown Creston Valley Thunder Cats and won a KIJHL Championship with the Revelstoke Grizzlies. “I believe I will be a great coach for the Bucs and our players because of my work ethic and Junior hockey experience. I’m willing to do whatever it takes for the players, including extra time on the ice, extra video work, having conversations about anything they have concerns about, and just being someone they know they can lean on for support,” Jackson said. “I want to be there for the players and do whatever it takes so that when they step on the ice the only thing they have to do is play Hockey, and they know that they are 100% prepared to do so to the best of their ability.”
Jackson will serve as a full time coach moving to Nanaimo, BC from his hometown of Creston, BC in August. He will focus on working with our forwards, and will be a great mentor to our young players having retired from the Junior Hockey level recently. Please welcome Vin to the Buccaneers family!