Suffice to say that Jamie Henderson will be spending a lot of time in the various rinks of the north over the course of the 2021-2022 hockey season.
A Sault Ste. Marie native known for his thoroughness and relentless attachment and devotion to the game, Henderson has three diverse roles with three different teams in three separate hockey leagues.
Henderson’s involvement in the sport no longer just involves his recurring role as the head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.
Over the past several months, Henderson has taken on jobs with two other organizations as interest in his services has led him to be hired by teams in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League.
With new ownership led by Cole Jarrett and Trevor Daley having taken over operation of the Soo Thunderbirds, Henderson was brought on board by the NOJHL team in the dual role of general manager and assistant coach.
And a trust and bond with the Ottawa 67s of the OHL resulted in Henderson being hired as their northern Ontario scout.
Henderson was in his scouting position with Ottawa when the 67’s took center Cooper Foster in the second round of the 2021 OHL priority selections draft. Foster played for Henderson and the U18 Jr. Greyhounds last season.
And Henderson was Jack Matier’s coach with the Soo under 18 squad when Ottawa took the big defenseman in the first round of the 2019 OHL priority selections draft.
In typical ‘Hendo’ fashion, the personable fellow spoke hundreds of words when asked about the upcoming season and what it will be like to be coaching one team, managing another, and scouting for a third.
Condensed, his reply can be summed up with: “I love hockey and I can’t get enough of the game.”