First draft, then training camp and from there a new roster of Petes are born at the beginning of every season. In the mixture of returning players and those who were drafted in the OHL priority selection, there are the anomalies: the walk-ons. These players are invited to camp to assess their off and on-ice skill and are expected to compete with those who were previously chosen by maroon and white scouting team and executives. Among these Petes rarities is alumnus Jack Hardill (’97-’99).
“I came into training camp not knowing what to expect, but I certainly had a good experience, especially as a walk on. When I made the team, they had a few open spots because they had a lot of guys graduate from the year before.It gave me an opportunity to get out there and make a mark in training camp and from there, develop my role and continue to play,” explained Jack.
Hardill was a forward for two seasons with the maroon and white, playing alongside Petes staples like Kurtis Foster, Jason Williams, Scott Barney and Matt Carkner. While playing for the patchJack earned the Donnie Marsh Award as the Petes most dedicated player.
The forward went on to describe his reconnection with former teammates at events like the alumni homecoming, “It’s been 20 years since I’ve been back with the Petes and the organization. It was nice being invited to be a part of it. When you get back and you see the guys, it feels like yesterday. It was a fantastic experience and I’m glad that Peterborough is embracing it.” Hardill currently coaches his son alongside Petes teammate and d-man, Jeff McKercher in the Newmarket initiation tyke program.
Jack was not barred from the reality check that is, “where do I go, if not pro.” Upon entering his final year of junior hockey, he explained, “I still wanted to play hockey but I knew going to university, school would be my focus. Western University had an exceptional hockey program at the time and they also had the academics I was looking for.”
Although his time in the OHL did not steer him in the direction of a professional hockey career, Jack admits that there were plenty of life lessons and experiences taught to him from figures like Jeff Twohey.“Everyone obviously wants to take it to the next level and play pro, but the life lessons you learn at Peterborough: commitment, preparation, work ethic are certainly transferrable into the world outside of hockey.”
For many of the same reasons he enjoyed his time in junior hockey, Jack is passionate about his current position a Discretionary Portfolio Manager and Associate Investment Advisor at Canaccord, Genuity Wealth Management, “I Iike the unknown challenges that every day brings and the opportunity to help people reach their financial goals”
Hardill’s journey on the way up required a grind, starting at a call centre at the Royal Bank and later getting hired by RBC’s brokerage firm, Dominion Securities.From there, amidst the 2008 financial crisis, Jack made his move to Canaccord – Canada’s largest independent full-service brokerage firm.Alongside his business partner Wolfgang Klein, Jack helped grow the business into its current state as a Bay St. powerhouse. Atop his economics degree and demanding financial career, Jack also served for 10 years as an Officer in the Canadian Reserves and is the proud father to 3 young children.
Since his arrival to the Petes training camp, Hardill has faced each life challenge with drive and determination to move upward. He stresses his passion throughout life, whether it be a career in finance or junior hockey, stems from a sheer love of all he pursues.