After retiring from professional hockey at the end of the 2017-18 season, Sault Ste. Marie’s Patrick Jarrett has stepped into the coaching fraternity.
The 34-year-old has been hired by the Hamilton Bulldogs as an assistant/video coach and joins a staff that features former Soo Greyhounds forward David Matsos as head coach.
Jarrett joins the Bulldogs after a 13-year professional career that took him to the American Hockey League, the ECHL and Europe.
Jarrett, a fifth-round pick of the NHL’s Nashville Predators in 2002, spent much of his pro career in Europe, primarily in Germany.
Prior to turning pro, Jarrett spent five years in the Ontario Hockey League as a player after being drafted first overall by the Mississauga IceDogs in the 2000 OHL draft. He played in 80 games with the IceDogs, scoring 18 goals and 66 points before being dealt to the Owen Sound Attack.
In 225 games with the Attack, Jarrett scored 72 goals and 220 points and served as team captain for three seasons.
Jarrett joins a Bulldogs staff that has been revamped some after John Gruden, who led the team to an OHL title last season, took a job with the NHL’s New York Islanders as an assistant coach.
Matsos, who served as an associate coach with Hamilton last season, took over as head coach while Vince Laise, who was an assistant coach under Gruden last season, took over as associate coach.