Jacob Hudson is a real team player, either on or off the ice. His teammates and all the hockey fans in Moncton can testify to that. When the team holds an event in the community, number 92 is always the first one to answer the call, whether we’re talking about the Cats Cup (a street hockey tournament), giving blood or talking to students in schools of the Greater Moncton area.
It’s no surprise to anyone that Hudson received Moncton’s Community Spirit Award at last year’s team gala, for his work during the 2018-2019 season.
The 18-year-old says all of this comes naturally to him. “We have such a great fan base here in Moncton. Since I’ve been here, I’ve tried to show them that I’m a big worker on the ice and a good person in my everyday life,” mentions the Nova Scotia native.
“I always try to take time every day to talk to people who are as passionate as I am about hockey and to be a good ambassador for the team.”
The forward is usually one of the last people to leave Avenir Centre after a game or a practice.
“I don’t mind staying in the lobby to have a chance to meet our fans, especially the younger ones. I know that all these little things mean a lot to them, ” says Hudson.
“It is also important for me to participate in every promotional activity the team puts on, either in restaurants or other businesses around the city. I’m always very happy to meet our incredible fans. These people are always behind us and give us so much during the course of a season, especially the billet families,” explains Hudson, who is entering his fourth season with the Wildcats.
“It’s not easy for us being away from home at such a young age and the people in the community represent our second family. My own parents were always there to help others and I guess I’m a little like them,” states the feisty forward.
Hudson particularly appreciates meeting kids in the different schools around Moncton. “Our young fans love it when we go visit them. We are all role models to them and we can see their enthusiasm when they realize they have Moncton Wildcats players in front of them.”
The Cats Cup is another event Jacob Hudson never misses. “We are fortunate to play hockey with fans of all ages. Many are quite shy at first, but we help them get out of their shells. It is an amazing feeling to see the smiles on parents’ faces when they leave. We can say that we did something great that day.”