Prior to the SJHL pausing its season last week after tighter COVID-19 restrictions were announced by the province, the La Ronge Ice Wolves added a new player to their roster.

The Ice Wolves have picked up 2001-born forward Jake Jonkman from Elmhurst, IL.

Jonkman started the season in the AJHL with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and he appeared in one game.

“We’re excited to get him,” said Ice Wolves Head Coach and GM Kevin Kaminski. “Just a very heads-up hockey, 200-foot player that can do everything very, very well. He comes highly recommended from Sherwood Park. Unfortunately, again with what’s happening, he got squeezed out cause of the WHL guys.”

Jonkman has not suited up for the Ice Wolves yet. He recorded 13 points in 14 games during the 2019-20 campaign with the Chicago Mission 18U AAA team.

“He can play both, centreman, winger,” said Kaminski. “He’s good on faceoffs, he can make plays. He thinks D first, so he’s always on the D side of the puck. We just expect him to come in here, compete and win a job.”

The Ice Wolves were off to a 4-1 start to their season before the pause and they had rattled off four straight wins.

(PHOTO: The La Ronge Ice Wolves scoring a goal during a game this season. Photo courtesy of Brandon White.)