In 2000 JP was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers. His first professional year as spent in the IHL with the Orlando Solar Bears where he helped them win the Turner Cup.
In 2001, JP won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. In 2003, JP finally made the jump to the NHL where he played over 200 games with the Atlanta Thrashers. In 2007, JP signed in Europe to play five years in the Swiss NLA. There he won one championship with the Bern Bears where he served as co-captain. During his time in Switzerland, JP had the honor of wearing a team Canada Jersey on five different occasions playing in the oldest professional hockey tournament, the Spengler Cup. In 2007 JP and his teammates won gold at this tournament.
At the age of 17, JP made the Portage Terriers after being named the most Valuable Player in Zone IV High school hockey league. After three years (94-96) with the Terriers, JP earned a full scholarship to Northern Michigan University. In his junior year at Northern Michigan, he was named to the All CCHA Second Team and helped NMU get to the NCAA Tournament. After four years at Northern Michigan JP Graduated with Honors with a Degree in Physical Education.
Now retired from professional hockey, JP is using his European experiences and North American passion for the game to pass his knowledge along to the next wave of athletes. Known as a smart two way hockey player, JP has studied and learned from Head Coaches such as Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Craig MacTavish, Larry Hurras, Brad McCrimmon and many more. His passion is to develop young athletes to strive to the next level while gaining positives attributes and becoming leaders in the game of hockey.
JP pushes kid’s potential while guiding them in the right direction; teaching young athletes integrity, work ethic and self-value.