Dedication led DeSerres to Saint John

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:12 PM ET

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Jacob DeSerres wasn't about to let that 9-1 defeat in the Memorial Cup a year ago while playing for Brandon be the final stamp on his junior hockey career.

Upset with the outcome, a disappointed DeSerres returned home to Calgary and talked about it with his family and goalie coach and made the decision to give it one last shot.

At the age of 20 and without a guaranteed junior club for the following year, DeSerres turned the entire summer over to making himself a better goalie.

"I know my potential and if I was going to go down, I wanted to go down knowing that I did everything I could," DeSerres said.

So he packed his bags and headed west to Victoria, B.C., where he spent the summer immersed in improving every goaltending skill he had ever acquired.

Victoria is home to DeSerre's goalie coach, Paul Fricker. And for a summer it was home to DeSerres.

"I figured it was my last shot and I wanted to make a better version of myself for the upcoming season," DeSerres said. "I was hoping I would get a good shot somewhere and it worked out. I'm glad I did what I did over the summer to create this opportunity for myself.

The chance this season came with Saint John, where as an overager DeSerre won 27 of his 30 starts while putting together an impressive 2.22 goals-against average for the eventual QMJHL champions.

Two games into the Memorial Cup, he has already backstopped the Sea Dogs into the final.

Now, instead of pondering what might have been, DeSerres has given himself the opportunity to put a nice bow on his junior career and perhaps at the same time entice an NHL team to extend his hockey playing days a little more.


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