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COMMITMENT ALERT | Philippe Jacques commits to NCAA D1 RIT for 2022-2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are proud to announce the commitment of forward Philippe Jacques to NCAA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) for the 2022-2023 season.

Jacques, 19, is currently in his first season with the Jr. Senators after joining the club over the summer following a trade with the BCHL’s Powell River Kings.

“As an organization, we’re extremely happy for Philippe and his family,” outlined General Manager and Associate Coach Jamie Mayo. “He’s been working really hard for the last couple of years and we’re glad he was able to secure it. Philippe’s hard work and determination manifested into a great opportunity for him. We’re excited that we were able to help him and from an organizational standpoint, ecstatic for what the future holds for him.”

The Quebec City native currently sits second overall in league scoring with 41 points (17G, 24A) in 27 games of action. Noted as a two-way centre, Jacques has brought an edge to the Jr. Senators forward group. A valuable asset to the teams’ special teams, Jacques has tallied 15 points (7G, 8A) on the powerplay and four points (3G, 1A) shorthanded.

“It’s been a dream and a goal of mine for a while now,” said Jacques. “I’ve devoted the last 6-7 years for an opportunity like this and the timing lined up perfectly to join a great program at RIT with great coaches. I always felt that RIT was the one and the best fit for me, as it seemed like the perfect fit with the coaches.

Prior to junior hockey, Jacques played one season at Stanstead College, scoring 59 points (30G, 29A) in 55 games. He is a product of the Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard AAA and Quebec Cyclone AAA Minor Hockey programs.

Jacques will join current Jr. Senators teammate Simon Isabelle, who also will skate with RIT next season after committing last February. The two will follow in the footsteps of former Jr. Senators Ian Andriano (2013-2017) and Zach Salloum (2018) who have both suited up for the Tigers in recent years.

“It played a factor with Simon (Isabelle) already committed there,” added Jacques. “It helped me make the decision as Simon and I have a really good connection and friendship. Being able to play out our freshman and college years together, is really important to me and I’m really happy.”

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Photos and Graphic credit: Davide Disipio & Nathan Pavao

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