New Cowichan Valley Capitals assistant coach Jamie Jackson, centre, celebrates winning the Pacific regional U18 championship with the Vancouver North East Chiefs this spring. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)

New Cowichan Valley Capitals assistant coach Jamie Jackson, centre, celebrates winning the Pacific regional U18 championship with the Vancouver North East Chiefs this spring. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Cowichan Capitals name Jamie Jackson assistant coach

Jackson brings lengthy resume, including 2022 U18 Pacific region championship

Longtime B.C. hockey coach Jamie Jackson has signed on with the Cowichan Valley Capitals as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season.

Jackson, who is joining the staff of head coach Brian Passmore, boasts a long resume, including coaching gigs in the B.C. Hockey League, as well as junior B, minor and academy hockey.

He spent the 2021-22 season as head coach of the U18 AAA Vancouver North East Chiefs of the B.C. Elite Hockey League. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach with the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express and St. George’s School.

Jackson grew up in Langley, playing and coaching minor hockey until he took over behind the bench of the junior B Port Moody Panthers. From there, he moved on to the Chiefs, where he won the BCEHL title and was named Coach of the Year in 2015. He joined the Coquitlam Express as an assistant coach in 2017, and in both 2019 and 2021 he served as head coach of Team B.C. at the WHL Cup tournament, taking bronze in 2019 and gold in 2021.

Jackson returned to the Chiefs in 2020, but the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021-22, the Chiefs topped the league standings for the first time, finished second at the prestigious Mac’s AAA World Invitational Tournament for the first time, won the league championship for the second time, and won the Pacific regional championship for the first time. The team finished fifth at the Telus Cup tournament, and Jackson was named BCEHL Coach of the Year for the second time.

The Capitals describe Jackson as highly organized and well-prepared, with a passion to learn and grow with the game.

“I’m very excited to be coaching again in the BCHL,” Jackson said. “I have always had a high amount of respect and admiration for the league and what it stands for. I’m also looking forward to all the new relationships in the Cowichan Valley and building the trust of the players and staff of the Capitals organization to bring my best towards the clubs goals.”

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