The Saga of Pat Jarrett

By Brad Coccimiglio

After Jason Spezza asked the Mississauga IceDogs to trade him early in the 2000-01 season, centre Pat Jarrett stated that he would not do the same thing.

My, how times have changed.

With Spezza playing for the Windsor Spitfires and Jarrett trying to get back on track after a slow start, Jarrett decided before Christmas to leave the team and request from the team, stating that he was unhappy with the team.

IceDogs General Manager Trevor Whiffen and Head Coach Don Cherry have said that they are willing to let Jarrett sit out the rest of the season, which would jeopradize Jarrett,s draft status. With the OHL’s trading deadline coming up on Jan. 10ththe possibility of that happening is good.

Whiffen has said that the IceDogs would no longer be pushed around by players and that there has been little interest in Jarrett thus far. Whiffen has said that the only calls he has received from other teams were ones of sympathy.

On the other hand Whiffen has said that they would welcome back Jarrett if he would be willing to re-join the team, and that their offer of lallowing him to join the team is still on the table.

Some teams have expressed interest in Jarret, but players have said that they do not want to be dealt to the IceDogs because of the situation there.

The IceDogs side of the story is no secret to the fans and media but Jarrett’s side is foggy.

Since leaving the team Jarrett has refused to talk about the situation with the media and say exactly why he left.

For, Jarrett’s sake, let’s hope that this situation gets resolved and doesn’t drag on for too long.

Name: Patrick Jarrett
Team: Mississauga IceDogs (OHL)
Birthdate: Feb. 6th, 1984
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'11"
Weight 180 lbs

* Was the 1st overall pick in the 2000 OHL Draft, the year after his brother Cole, was selected in the 2nd round by the Plymouth Whalers

* Suffered a broken leg at the Canadian Under-18 team tryout

* He is rated 25th on the OHL Preliminary Draft List put out by the Central Scouting Service