April 21, 2016

Jim Jackson

Play-making left-winger Jim Jackson had a great desire for the game of hockey. He wouldn't let anything stop him from becoming a NHL player.

The Oshawa, Ontario native starred with the OHL Generals and the Niagara Fall Flyers from 1976 to 1980, but he was never drafted by any NHL team.

Undeterred, Jackson agreed to sign on with lowly independent minor league teams for the next two seasons. His hard work landed him a NHL contract. The Calgary Flames, thanks to scout Gerry Blair, signed him as a free agent prior to the 1982-83 season.

Jackson spent the better part of two seasons as a role player for Flames. He was often on a line featuring Kent Nilsson and Eddy Beers.

Jackson joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1985 after failing to stick with the Calgary Flames. Jackson immediately found himself demoted to Rochester of the AHL. Jackson would call Rochester home until his retirement in 1990. He only got into five games with the Sabres, but he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Amerks.

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