The Winkler Flyers are again proud to announce the commitment of forward and assistant captain Jackson Arpin to the University of Manitoba Bisons Men’s Hockey program.
Jackson joined the Flyers for the 2019-20 season, and spent all 3 of his junior hockey years with the Orange and Black. He was named assistant captain for the 2020-21 season, and again for the 2021-22 season. In his 3 years with the Flyers he played 118 games scoring 14 goals and 38 assists. Jackson was one of the best face-off men in the MJHL, and was the top defensive minded forwards we were able to watch play.
Jackson explained why he chose to go to U of M “Not only do they have a great hockey organization but they also have an excellent academic program. The coaching staff have been great with me since day one. Another big factor is that it’s very close to my hometown Rainy River. In the end U of M has all the factors I was looking for in a school.”
“Winkler has been my home for the last 3 years and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Without the Flyers organization this would not be possible.” Said Jackson on what the Flyers organization means to him.
Flyers GM and Head Coach Justin Falk was very impressed this season “Jackson had a tremendous season, in particular his second half where he continued to raise his game. His consistent compete and work ethic night in and night out has earned him this next opportunity with the University of Manitoba. Thank you for your efforts on the ice and work in the community as you helped raise the standard each day. We are excited for Arps, his family, Coach Sirant and the Bisons as they are getting a highly respected individual and one of the MJHL’s elite 2-way centerman.”
Jackson believes that the Flyers coaching staff was a big part of helping him make the jump to U of M “Having those two as coaches was huge in being able to get to the next level. They’ve taught me so much on and off the ice that will translate to the next level of hockey and also every aspect of life.”
“A two way centerman who is a coaches dream as we deployed him as a weapon in the circle all season. He can match up against any one because of his work ethic away from the puck and his heavy presence on it. A penalty kill specialist with an offensive touch, allows him to play up and down your line up. Jackson is a leader, highly respected by his teammates and was a pleasure to coach. We thank him for his work, commitment to the Flyers and the community of Winkler. We would like to congratulate him on this accomplishment and wish him luck as he continues his career at U of M.” Flyers assistant coach Ryan White had only great things to say about Jackson.
The Flyers organization would like to thank Jackson for his efforts and him on his achievement. We wish you all the best in your hockey endeavours!
“Thank you to everyone for supporting us throughout my 3 years there. I don’t think the fans realize how much of an impact they have on the team, when that barn gets loud it helps the guys out so much. Couldn’t have asked for better fans, like we’ve said all year we have the best fans in the league.” Jackson explained what the fans in Winkler meant to him.