04/15/13 The Philadelphia Jr. Jackals hockey club era has come to a happy, yet sad end. After nine years of coaching, operating and owning the team, Jimi Simmons is selling the team and locker room facility, equiptmen, gear, etc.
When I asked him why and the reasons he stated the following; "It has been a fun ride, but there is only so much time in one day to be everywhere. The last two seasons I have hired a full-time coach, but as in any business as an owner, you have to be around to over see the business and with my pro position and family, that takes up my time and my family is my first priority. While it is a sad day, it is also a happy one as I have no regrets the past 9 years. We have moved on some great kids to college, major jr., and pro and that's what it is all about".
Simmons was brought on board to the
Reading Royals of the ECHL. Affiliate to
NHL Washington Capitals and to AHL
He was the Asst. Coach with the Elmira
Jackals for the past 5 years, before the
move to the Reading Roylas back in Jan.
If any former players or any teams are
interested in purchasing gear from the
team, a PDF attachment below lists all of
items for sale.
-Media/Team Broadcaster Nate Rosborough
03/11/13 The Jackals have their first two players confirmed with committments to Becker College and Mercyhurst University, along with hockey for the 2013-14 season. "I personally spoke with each player and their parents, along with both coaches from each school and then were both confirmed in emails to all parties. I'm proud to see these players advance not just in the game, but on the academic side, which is the whole purpose for playing Jr. Hockey to begin with," stated Coach Simmons.-Media/Team Broadcaster Nate Rosborough
Forward: Tim Wlodkowski-Becker College, NCAA Div. III
Defenseman: Derrick Blanchard-Mercyhurst University