Brampton Beast of the East Coast Hockey League.
"We are really excited for Jesse to get this opportunity to play professional hockey with the Brampton Beast," said UOIT head coach Curtis Hodgins. "He has had a tremendous five-year career with the Ridgebacks and finished it off by playing some of his best hockey down the stretch and into the playoffs. We wish him all the best as he begins the next step in his hockey life."
Jesse played an integral part in the Ridgebacks winning their first ever playoff series in February, beating Queen's University 4-3 at the Campus Ice Centre in game three of their OUA eastern conference quarter-final series.
He made his Beast debut with two games against the Elmira Jackals, and recorded his first point with an assist on Brampton's first goal in the Sunday-afternoon game.
After playing three years in the Ontario Hockey League and five more with the Ridgebacks in Ontario University Athletics (OUA), going pro was something Jesse had thought about, but wasn't sure if it would become a reality right away.
"After my first two games, I feel that I've done pretty well,” said Jesse. “It sure is a jump with guys being bigger, faster and smarter but you just have to work hard and good things will happen."
Jesse, a criminology and justice studies graduate, had a career-high 14 assists this season in 28 games. He piled up 46 goals and 38 assists in 100 OUA conference games and ranks fifth in UOIT all-time scoring. He has won a number of awards including team MVP and the Chris Kostka leadership award.
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