Petes fans, we heard your calls and received your nominations. This week, the Petes will highlight alumni who you believe should have been included in Who Wore It Best?
Like most recent jersey numbers, #16 posed itself a challenge when trying to cut down the final list of delegates. The alumni who were available to vote were; Steven Lorentz, Mark Teevens, Jamie Langenbrunner and Mark Kirton. Lorentz received the highest number of votes with 189.
However, there was one player fans told us deserved to be on the finalized list, and for a good reason: Jack Walchessen.
Walchessen was born in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, USA. After racking up 16 points in 21 games for the New Jersey Jr. Titans U14 AAA team, he was drafted to the Petes in the 11th round of the OHL Priority Selection in 2006. In 291 games over a five-year OHL career, Walchessen racked up 77 points and served as the 57th captain in franchise history. Off the ice, he led the Petes in community initiatives, contributing more than 400 volunteer hours in various community appearances since his rookie season. Public appearances included many local charitable events and public school speaking engagements. Due to his off-ice initiatives, Walchesson was the recipient of the OHL Humanitarian of the Year (Dan Synder Trophy) in 2010-11.
Since departing from the Petes, the former captain suited up for Carleton University Men’s team and served as a scout for four seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs until 2019-20.
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