James Taylor Makes DI Commitment

Sep 20, 2023

The Janesville Jets, members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that forward James Taylor has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the University of Maine of Hockey East. James is the Jets first NCAA Division 1 college commitment of the early 2023-24 season. 

“I’m extremely happy to commit to the University of Maine,” said James. “Being part of a strong organization is important to me and Janesville has done a great job so far setting me up for success. I’d like to thank all my coaches and teammates who have supported me along the way.” 

The University of Maine is located in Orono, Maine and it is truly a breathtaking campus. It is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country in the fall. The Maine Black Bears Men’s Division 1 hockey team was founded in 1977.  Since then, they have appeared in 11 Frozen Fours and have won two national championships. Last season the Black Bears posted a 15-16-5 record overall and 9-11-4 in conference to finish seventh in Hockey East. With 17 returners to the program this year, the Black Bears look to push back over a .500 record for the 2023-24 season. The Black Bears are currently led by head coach Ben Barr, who has over eighteen years coaching at the Division 1 level. 

This is the nineteen-year-old’s first season with the Janesville Jets. In his first five games in the NAHL he has recorded 1 goal and had 3 assists. James scored his first goal versus the Danbury Hat Tricks at the NAHL showcase this past week. Putting the Jets on the scoreboard first with a tip in front from Nick Sajevic on the power play. 

Head Coach Joe Dibble noted that, “James has been a great addition to the Jets this year. His size and presence on the ice plays a very crucial part in our offense, especially on the power play.” His size is a factor on the ice, measuring in at 6’5” and 225, he is a force to be reckoned with in front of the net. 

The 2004 forward was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He has played every season of competitive hockey in Ottawa, until making his way down south to Janesville, Wisconsin this season. James played both his U14 AA and U15 AA season with the Ottawa Sting. Where he was a standout on the stat sheet. In his U14 AA season, he totaled 31 points scoring 16 goals and 15 assists. Moving up to U15 AA the following year, he experienced similar results, recording 23 points with 17 goals and 6 assists. 

During the 2019-20 season he played for the Ottawa Senators U18 AAA before covid hit in 2020. 

After a quiet year for hockey in Canada, James made the jump to the Central Canada Hockey League. The CCHL is a junior “A” hockey league operating in eastern Ontario. He played two seasons for the Ottawa Jr. Senators. During the 2021-22 season, James played 46 games, scored 2 goals, and had 7 assists. Last season he played in 52 games, scored 14 goals, and recorded 21 assists. The Senators also made a playoff run where he recorded 3 goals and 3 assists.

The Jets couldn’t be prouder of James committing to play at the NCAA level! With James just settling into Janesville and the season still young, we can’t wait to see what this season has to offer.