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Winnipeg’s Jackson Keane Signs With the University of North Dakota

By Carter Brooks

Graphic by the University of North Dakota

On Thursday, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks announced that seven players had committed to their program for the 2018-19 school year and hockey season. Included in that list of names is Winnipegger Jackson Keane.

Winnipeg’s Jackson Keane Signs With the University of North Dakota

Son of three-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Keane, who current works as the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Winnipeg Jets, Jackson Keane has some big shoes to fill. 

Officially listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Keane, now 21, spent the 2017-18 season in the British Columbia Hockey League playing for the Penticton Vees. After two years of playing for the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Keane brought his talents to Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League.

Keane’s two years in Winnipeg were his most productive offensively, but the time spent in the States and B.C. certainly helped develop the many other facets of his game. Although managing eight goals and 24 points in 49 BCHL games this past season, Keane’s best efforts came in the playoffs as he produced six points in 11 games, with no penalty minutes. 

Six other newcomers also signed their letters of intent, including forwards Gavin Hain, Carter Huber and Jasper Weatherby, as well as defensemen Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonnny Tychonick, and goaltender Adam Scheel. Keane actually spent the last season playing alongside incoming freshmen Tychonick and Scheel. 

UND Head Coach Brad Berry is exceptionally pleased with this flock of new talent for the upcoming school year.

“We are extremely excited to have these seven young men join our group for the upcoming season,” he said. “They all bring a wealth of talent and ability that will add to our very strong, veteran team. Each player was not only recruited for their high-end hockey skill and IQ, but also for their outstanding character and focus, which makes up our proud culture.”

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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