OHL Press Release
The Plymouth Whalers announced today that 15-year-old center A.J. Jenks has committed to play in the Ontario Hockey League. Jenks, who turns 16 later this month, was selected by Plymouth in the 7th round (132nd overall) in this spring’s OHL Priority Selection.
A native of Wolverine Lake, MI, Jenks played last season for the Detroit Honeybaked Midgets, where he scored 26 goals with 29 assists for 55 points and 97 penalty minutes in 66 games. Prior to that, Jenks spent the bulk of his youth hockey days playing locally in the Compuware system.
The Whalers have a history of drafting players and signing local players from the Compuware Youth system, including James Wisniewski (Chicago Blackhawks), David Legwand (Nashville Predators), Nate Kiser, Jared Newman and Damian Surma, among others.
“We’re excited about having A.J. here in Plymouth,” said Whalers’ Head Coach and General Manager Mike Vellucci. OHL Central Scouting had Jenks very highly rated leading up the 2006 OHL Priority Selection. Robert Kitamura, OHL Central Scouting Chief Scout says that “he has the potential to be a dominant force in the OHL as possesses great skill, size and is an extremely hard worker”.