Where Are They Now: Fishing with Billy Jenkins
Billy played four seasons with the Niagara IceDogs collecting 27 goals and 92 points in 171 regular season games and 14 points in 18 career playoff games.
Position: Left Wing
Birthdate: September 8, 1994
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON
Weight: 180 lbs
Throughout this summer we will be producing a weekly story featuring a former IceDogs’ player and looking at what they have accomplished since graduating from the team.
This week’s story is on former Niagara IceDogs left-winger Billy Jenkins.
What are you doing now?
I started my own fishing business in Ottawa, Jenkins Guiding Service where I get to take fishermen on guided tours and meet lots of people. I’m also completing a degree in Geography at Lakehead University and playing hockey on their men’s team. I hope to continue building my business after I graduate in two years.
Career highlight with the IceDogs
In my last year with the IceDogs (2014-2015) season, we had a tough start to the year, but we only lost three games in regulation the second half of the season. It was a fun year as a team, getting past the 1st round in the playoffs and for me personally, scoring a hat-trick in a 7-4 win over the Oshawa Generals was a thrilling win for our team.
Influence of IceDogs on my life
Personally, playing for the IceDogs gave me a lot of great opportunities to pursue my passions, including hockey and fishing. I have always loved fishing, and building relationships with the people of Niagara and our great fans gave me an opportunity to pursue my own business.
How have you liked living playing hockey in Thunder Bay?
It’s a cool city. We have a couple thousand fans at every game. Everyone cares about hockey, hunting and fishing. I enjoy being able to live in the great outdoors and pursue my passions of hockey and fishing.
Funniest teammates you played with
David Quesnele, my teammate at Lakehead University and Mitchell Theoret with the Niagara IceDogs.
Favourite road memory with the IceDogs
I remember the rookie jokes. Each rookie would have to go to the front of the bus and tell a funny story. The younger guys would always try to trip up big Stephen Shipley. The group camaraderie and friendly ripping was definitely a highlight.
Favourite sport outside of hockey
I love fishing and hunting. Fishing is my passion and it has been fun sharing the love of the sport with others through starting my business.
I want to keep playing hockey as long as I can. I still love the sport and it’s great building bonds with my teammates both in and outside of hockey. Building relationships is something I really value and it’s allowed me to start my own business. I remember going to Silks Country Kitchen when I was with the IceDogs and getting to see the passion the owners had for the IceDogs. I want to bring that same passion to the things I enjoy doing like hockey and fishing.
I just wanted to thank all of my billets and the people of Niagara for their support. There are a lot of special people along the way who have helped me to get to where I am today. Once an IceDog, always an IceDog!