It is sufficient to say that Jake Kovacs is having a career season as a 20-year old forward with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Quite clearly, the 5-foot-10, 170 pound Kovacs is a skilled skater who appears intent on finishing his NOJHL career with a flourish.
A Sault Ste. Marie product who is playing 90 miles down the road in Blind River, Kovacs has been lighting it up for the Beavers thus thus far this season with 23 goals, 14 assists, 37 points in 26 games. His 23 goals are the second most in the NOJHL trailing only Lucas Signoretti of the Espanola Paper Kings, who has tallied 24 times.
Kovacs (pictured in above photo by Helene Rancourt) needs only one more goal to reach the number of goals — 24 — that he scored in 69 previous games with Blind River that spanned one full season and part of another. Kovacs, who also played a year in the NOJHL with his hometown Soo Thunderbirds, skated in 124 regular season games before this one. And between the Beavers and Thunderbirds, Kovacs totalled 51 goals, 65 assists, 116 points.
To be sure, with Kovacs and his 23 goals, 14 assists, 37 points thus far this season, he is one big reason why Blind River is currently in second place in the West Division of the NOJHL with 38 points from a record of 19-8-0.